May 21, 2024  
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2022-2023 
Yakima Valley College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Applied Science Teacher Education

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The Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS) in Teacher Education integrates rigorous curriculum with residency & Field experience.  The BAS Teacher Education (BAS-TE) program prepares individuals for a Washington State Teacher Certificate in Elementary Education (K-8) with additional optional endorsements in English Language Learner (ELL) and Early Childhood Education (ECE). 

Candidates in the Teacher Education Program complete an intensive Residency Experience (student teaching) that requires hands-on work in K-8 classrooms under the guidance of a Mentor Teacher and Field Supervisor within our local partner schools.  Placement is for one full academic year starting the 4th quarter of the program.

In addition to residency experiences, candidates complete core courses, which are delivered in a hybrid format:  face-to-face evening classes with an online component.


YVC is regionally accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is authorized to offer the BAS in Teacher Education through Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (RCW 28B.50.090, RCW 28B.50.810).  BAS-TE is a teacher preparation program approved by PESB to operate in Washington State (RCW 28A.410.210 (1-4)).

Program Highlights

  • Program options:   Traditional and Alternative Route 1 teacher preparation program
  • Dedicated, experienced college faculty
  • Hands-on learning in the field throughout the program
  • Flexible programming designed for individuals currently working in education or career changes
  • Evening courses blended with online learning
  • Affordable tuition (Tuition and Fees 300 Level and Above)

Selective Admissions

Admission to the BAS-TE is a selective process, therefore admission to YVC does not guarantee entrance to the program.  A complete BAS-TE application packet must be submitted by the deadline indicated.

Minimum Application Eligibility Requirements

All eligibility requirements must be complete by the end of spring quarter.  If a student is completing any of the requirements during summer quarter, they can still apply however, potential acceptance will be conditional upon completing all minimum requirements before fall quarter.

1.  An associate degree OR at least 90 college-level credits from a regionally accredited college or university

2.  Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 (combination of all college transcripts)

3.  WEST-B skills test or acceptable alternative (by application submission applicants must provide evidence of attempting all three subtests)

Although not required for BAS-TE admissions, the following courses are highly recommended in order to be successful on the WEST-B, course work throughout the program, and certification assessments:

  • ENGL& 101  (or other English composition course) with a minimum grade of C
  • College level math or symbolic reasoning course that meets quantitative distribution (minimum grade of C)


Program Completion

Due to the variety of entry points into the program, program advisors work closely with candidates to create tailored educational plans that consider their educational background.  The length of time it takes to get a teaching certificate is unique, based on test scores and transcripts.  Typically, completing the required 180 college-level credits for a BAS degree will take six quarters, or two academic years. 

Students must attend a mandatory Opening Session during the summer quarter prior to first quarter of BASED course work.  This orientation will focus on general information about Residency Field Placement, BAS-TE candidate procedures and expectations, and finger printing. 

Course registration will be completed through the Teacher Education Program Coordinator.

To earn a bachelor of applied science degree, students must complete a total of 180 credits (100 or above) in specific categories.  For the BAS-TE program, those categories are General Education and BASED Residency.  Other degree specifications include:

  • GPA of 2.0 must be achieved within each area (except electives)
  • Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.0
  • No more than three PE activity credits may be applied
  • Must meet BAS Residency Requirements  
  • Non-traditional credit may be applied, see the BAS Non-Traditional Credit Allowance  procedure for more information
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) students follow the catalog in force the academic year they are accepted and enrolled into the BAS program, provided they remain continuously enrolled according to specific program enrollment standards. Returning BAS students who left prior to completion of their program must meet the program’s graduation requirements as described in the YVC catalog at the time of re-acceptance and enrollment.   BAS students may also choose to graduate under the official catalog in force when they apply for graduation. 
  • Application for this degree must be made by the student in the Registrar’s office

Teacher Education Early Childhood Education Endorsement Electives 8 Credits

General Education Credits

General education courses include courses earned at either/both the associate degree and/or applied bachelor’s degree level, based on the total required 180 quarter hours of credit.  At least 60 quarter hours of general education courses are required, to include the following distribution areas:

  1. Basic Requirements

a.  Communication Skills (10 credits).  Must include at least two communication courses to include a minimum of one English composition course; e.g. ENGL& 101.  Remaining credits may be an additional composition course or designated writing-intensive courses or courses in basic speaking skills (e.g. speech, rhetoric, or debate).

b.  Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits).  Must be achieved through one of the following college-level courses:  symbolic reasoning or a quantitative reasoning course in computer science, statistics, or mathematics.

  2.  Distribution requirements

a.  Humanities (10 credits)

b.  Social Sciences (10 credits)

c.  Natural Sciences (10 Credits).  At least 5 credits in physical, biological, and/or earth sciences.  Shall include at least one laboratory course.

  3.  Additional general education courses (15 credits) from distribution list.

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