Teacher Education (k-8)
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education (BAS-TE) is designed to prepare teachers who are well grounded in education and training, and are prepared to obtain initial teaching certification in grade K-8 in the state of Washington with a primary endorsement in elementary education. There is also an option of adding a special education endorsement.
The goal of the program is to prepare teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to foster all students’ learning. Individuals enrolled in the BAS-TE program will interact and learn from local teachers and superintendents, who will teach, mentor, and guide students through the program.
Upon completion, graduates will be in the position to affect the future of our communities through educating our youth.
In accordance with the Title II Higher Education Act, the program is required to submit information regarding program requirements, admissions, enrollments, clinical experience, and completion rates. The report is updated on an annual basis. Read the full report (pdf).
Graduates are prepared to be certificated teacher in elementary education or elementary education and special education.
The classes offered in the BAS-TE program are designed as hybrid courses, which means each class meets for one class per week with the remaining work completed online.
- Classes will be offered in the evenings from 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays with the possibility of Wednesday courses in quarters with more than 15 credits.
- Students will complete between 15-18 credits per quarter.
- Most students will be able to complete their degree in two years.
Applying for the BAS programs is easy! Applications for fall 2021 classes will open in December 2020.
- If you are not a current or former Centralia College student, obtain a Student ID number by applying to Centralia College.
- Complete the BAS Application Form.
- Submit the completed form to Enrollment Services via email to email@example.com or in person on the second floor of TransAlta Commons Building. Note: Applicants will be emailed by Enrollment Services. The email will include confirmation the Application Form has been received and instructions on how to access the online Application Portal through Canvas.
- Pay the $35 application fee. Pay in person at the cashier (second floor of the TransAlta Commons), by phone at 360-623-8931, or online through the CC Bookstore.
- Access the Application Portal in Canvas to finish applying.
Questions about applying? Contact Enrollment Services at 360-623-8976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about the program? Contact the Bachelor's Programs at 360-623-8976 or email@example.com.
Admissions requirements for BAS-TE (Fall 2020 start)
Admission into the BAS-TE program is competitive and merit-based. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission as the number of qualified applicant may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces. In order to be placed into the admissions pool, applicants must complete or submit the following:
- Completion of all BAS application materials
- An earned associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 OR junior-level standing (90+ credits of applicable coursework) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Successful completion of:
- English Composition I ( 5credits) with a 2.0 or better
- A college-level math course for which intermediate algebra is a prerequisite and contains quantitative skills distribution
- EDUC& 115 Child Development or PSYC& 200 Lifespan Psychology (5 credits)
- ECED& 180 Language and Literacy (3 credits)
- A minimum of three additional credits of education course work (ECED& 100 Child Care Basics) does not qualify for this requirement. Highly recommended courses include: EDUC& 130 - Guiding Behavior, ECED& 170 Environments - Young Child; ECED& 190 - Observation/Assessment; EDUC& 204 - Exceptional Child; EDUC& 205 - Intro to Education w/Field Experience
Additional Admissions Requirements
- Passing scores from the WEST B Test (2 of 3 sections)
- Completion of FERPA release to share information with OSPI
- Completion of State of Washington required data sheet
Additional Requirements (completed summer quarter prior to starting the program)
- Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) Background Check
- Pre-residency clearance
General Education Degree Required Courses
The following general education courses must be completed prior to bachelor's degree obtainment. The courses can be included in the two-year degree or be completed during the bachelor’s program.
- 5 credits English 102 - English Composition II
- 5 credits of Social Sciences related to history (U.S. History, PNW History ect.)
- 5 credits of any Social Sciences (recommended PSYC& 100 General Psychology)
- 10 credits of Humanities (recommended CMST& 220 Public Speaking)
- 5 credits of a Physical Science (Oceanography, Geology, Chemistry)
- 5 credits of a Life Science (Nutrition, Environmental Science, Biology)
- 5 credits of any Natural Science (one of the science courses must contain a lab)
The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) sets the tuition rate. For the current year's tuition rate, see Tuition & Fees—Applied Baccalaureate Degree Program.
The cost of room and board would be additional.
For information on applying for financial aid, see Financial Aid.
Students can apply for scholarships online from Dec. 1-March 1. Visit the scholarships page for information and a link to the online application.
Name of program: BAS-TE Alternative Pathway for ParaEducators (Classified Paraprofessional Staff)
Route(s) and Endorsement(s) Offered: Route 1 pathway for classified paraprofessional staff and elementary education with an endorsement in special education
Main address: 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, WA 98531
Delivery method: Hybrid
Delivery format [time]: Evenings
Regions/School Districts Served: Lewis County School districts, South Thurston County
Brief Description of Program: The Bachelor of Applied Science Teacher Education (BAS-TE) program is designed to graduate individuals who are well-grounded in education and training and are prepared to obtain initial teaching certification (K-8) in the state of Washington with primary endorsements in special education and elementary education.
Coordinator Information: Dave White, 360-623-8651, Email Dave White
Estimated Time to Complete Program: 2 years
Prerequisites Prerequisite courses include:
- ENGL& 101
- A college level math (5 credits)
- Three EDUC or ECED courses
Successful completion of each of these courses with a minimum 2.0 grade:
- Communication (10 credits)
- Humanities (10 credits)
- Social Science (10 credits)
- Quantitative Skills (5 credits)
- Natural Science (10 credits, one course with lab)
- Distribution Elective (15 credits)
Sample Cost Breakdowns
Note: Tuition is subject to change due to State Legislative actions
- Resident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees: $2,674
- US Citizen Nonresident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees: $2,808
- Non US Citizen Nonresident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees: $6,207
- Books and supplies (estimate): $427
Will this degree prepare me to teach in a high school?
No, the BAS-TE degree is designed to provide certification in kindergarten through eighth grade.
What are the characteristics (disposition) of successful teachers?
Throughout the BAS-TE program, students will be guided on the characteristics and behaviors needed to be a successful teacher. Successful teachers:
- Demonstrates professional self-regulation (on-time, present, stays for entire time, and is engaged in learning)
- Works productively with faculty, staff, and peers both in and out of class
- Demonstrates understanding about others’ teaching perspectives (open and nonjudgmental)
- Accepts and acts upon constructive criticism
- Separates personal and professional issues
- Speaks in a manner appropriate to the learning environment
- Demonstrates appropriate social skills in professional and social interactions
- Demonstrates a commitment to teaching
- Demonstrates appropriate command of both oral and written communication
- Relationships with students, peers, supervisors, family members, staff, and faculty are emotionally, verbally, and physically appropriate
- Demonstrates an ability to work with ethnically diverse populations
- Demonstrates an ability to work with exceptional learners
- Demonstrates initiative
- Demonstrates enthusiasm for his/her content area
- Exhibits a belief that all children can learn
- Treats all students fairly according to their needs
- Holds all students to high expectations
- Demonstrates commitment to lifelong learning
- Demonstrates commitment to professional growth
- Demonstrates scholastic integrity
- Demonstrates respect for the teacher’s role and school environment
Do I need to be available during school hours to complete this program?
Yes, every quarter, students in BAS-TE complete practicum courses that require hands-on work in a school setting. Also, the last two quarters of the program require full-time student teaching during the school district’s hours.
What are the requirements for receiving an initial teaching certification?
The following tests are Washington State requirements and are NOT administered by Centralia College. Students must pay for the associated costs out-of-pocket.
- Successful completion of the West B (prior to starting the program) - approximate cost $155
- Successful completion of the West E (elementary education endorsement tests) - approximate cost $95
- Successful completion of the NES (special education endorsement test) - approximate cost $155
- Successful completion of EdTPA - approximate cost $300
- Successful completion of the BAS-TE requirements
- Fingerprint and background check - approximate cost $65
- State Certification Fee - approximate cost $118
BAS-TE Education Plan
Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
Emphasis: Teacher Education - Elementary Education
- EDUC 300 Intro to Special Ed - 5 credits
- EDUC 330 Technology and Teaching - 3 credits
- EDUC 350 Diversity in Students - 3 credits
- EDUC 420 Curriculum and Instruction - 5 credits
- EDUC 481 Practicum 1 - 2 credits
- EDUC 315 Teaching Science - 5 credits
- EDUC 355 Primary Reading - 5 credits
- EDUC 360 Assessment & Evaluation - 5 credits
- EDUC 482 Practicum 2 - 2 credits
- EDUC 345 Teaching Lang. Arts & Dev - 3 credits
- EDUC 365 Intermediate Reading - 3 credits
- EDUC 400 Education and the law - 3 credits
- EDUC 421 Classroom Management - 5 credits
- EDUC 483 Practicum 3 - 2 credits
- EDUC 370 Support: Child & Family* - 3 credits
- EDUC 380 Dev of Differently-Abled* - 5 credits
- EDUC 385 SPED Assessment* - 3 credits
- EDUC 410 Exceptional Learners* - 5 credits
*Course is only required for students completing both the elementary education and special education endorsements.
- EDUC 425 Integrated Methods - 5 credits
- EDUC 484 Practicum 4 - 2 credits
- MATH 315 Teaching Math - 5 credits
- SST 365 Teaching Social Studies - 5 credits
- EDUC 351 SEL/Issues of Abuse - 3 credits
- EDUC 497 Student Teaching Elem 1 - 10 credits
- EDUC 335 Teaching Art and Movement - 3 credits
- EDUC 480 SPED Seminar* - 2 credits
- EDUC 490 Student Teaching SPED OR EDUC 498 Student Teaching Elem 2 - 10 credits
*Course is only required for students completing both the elementary education and special education endorsements.
Office: TAC 318
Email Dave White