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Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary (K-8) & Early Childhood Education, AA-DTA

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Associate in Arts DTA (AA-DTA)

The Education department recommends that a student planning to transfer to a four-year university or college to pursue a degree in K-8 or secondary education, early childhood education, or children studies earn an associate in arts degree. While earning the associate in arts degree, the student should take required coursework for teacher preparation and/or basic studies. Since requirements vary by four-year institution, please see an education advisor to ensure that courses taken will meet requirements. For additional information on teacher preparation programs, go to www.teachwashington.org.

All students planning to transfer to a four-year institution for teacher preparation must pass the WEST-B basic skills test prior to admission to a four-year education program. For information about the test, to download a study guide, or to sign up for the test visit www.nesinc.com.

WEST-B Information

While working for the associate degree requirements, students must also prepare for and take the WEST-B test. This test is mandated for admission to all teacher preparation programs in the state of Washington. It is advisable to take this test before April if fall quarter admission will be sought. For information about the test, to download a study guide, or to sign up for the test, visit www.nesinc.com.

The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) in Elementary (K-8) & Early Childhood Education

This program, in collaboration with Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, offers a baccalaureate degree in elementary (K-8) education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. It provides a course of study for persons desiring to teach children in kindergarten through eighth grade in public and private schools. This program is unique in that the outstanding instructional strengths of two institutions are brought together to provide students a rare opportunity to experience learning at its best in the classroom and in the field.

Students first complete an associate in arts degree with education emphasis at YVC. Admittance into the YVC program does not ensure admittance into the teacher education program at CWU. Students must meet entrance requirements to the CWU program which includes an associate degree.

Be sure to check with an Education Department advisor or on the CWU website (www.cwu.edu) to get the latest information and WEST-B information.

Articulation - CWU

Basic Requirements: 18 Credits

Communication Requirement: 3-5 Credits

Humanities: 15 Credits

The following course is recommended but not required:

Natural Sciences : 15 Credits

One course must be a lab science

Social Sciences: 15 Credits

Electives: 25-27 Credits

Core Electives: 15-17 Credits

Select from the distribution of courses listed in Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.

General Electives: 10-12 Credits

Any college level courses numbered over 100. These may include additional Core Electives as well as courses from the Restricted List

Note: Prerequisite for All ECED/EDUC courses is EDUC 111 

Total Credits 93

All Education courses must have a C (2.0) or better.
* Required courses for entrance into the CWU program.

Articulation Agreements with WSU:

◊ This articulation agreement is currently under revision.

◊ Please see Education advisor for current information.

Core Competency Codes

♦ Computation
• Communication
■ Human Relation

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