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.

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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).

Career Options  

Graduates are prepared to be certificated teacher in elementary education or elementary education and special education.

Program Details

The classes offered in the BAS-TE program are designed as hybrid courses, which means each class meets once per week with the remaining coursework online.

  • Classes are offered in the evenings from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • 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.

  1. If you are not a current or former Centralia College student, obtain a Student ID number by applying to Centralia College.
  2. Complete the BAS Application Form.
  3. Submit the completed form to Enrollment Services via email to admissions@centralia.edu 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Access the Application Portal in Canvas to finish applying.

Questions about applying? Contact Enrollment Services at 360-623-8976 or admissions@centralia.edu.

Questions about the program? Contact the Bachelor's Programs at 360-623-8976 or bachelors@centralia.edu.


Required Degree

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
  • Completion of the WEST B exam


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)
  • WEST B (prior to starting the program) - approximate cost $155
  • Fingerprint and background check (prior to starting the program) - approximate cost $65
  • WEST E (elementary education endorsement tests) - approximately $95
  • EdTPA - approximate cost $300
  • NES (special education endorsement test) - approximate cost $155
  • State Certification Fee - approximate cost $118


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.

Financial Aid

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.

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
Credits: 94-112

Fall Quarter

  • 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

Winter Quarter

  • EDUC 315 Teaching Science - 5 credits
  • EDUC 355 Primary Reading - 5 credits
  • EDUC 360 Assessment & Evaluation - 5 credits
  • EDUC 482 Practicum 2 - 2 credits

Spring Quarter

  • 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

Summer Quarter

  • 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.

Fall Quarter

  • 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

Winter Quarter

  • EDUC 351 SEL/Issues of Abuse - 3 credits
  • EDUC 497 Student Teaching Elem 1 - 10 credits

Spring Quarter

  • 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.


Dave White
Faculty Advisor
Office: TAC 318
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