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Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching and Early Learning

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Teaching and Early Learning was created for working preschool teachers, para-educators, and those who wish to work with young children.

The program has two tracks:

  1. One prepares candidates for a career in schools as an elementary or early childhood school teacher.
  2. The other track prepares candidates for a career in early childhood education settings as a teacher leader.

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Program Manager: Frank Kline, (206) 214 6197

Baccalaureate Education Director: Tanya Powers, (206) 592-3662

Fast Facts about Teacher Certification Track

  • The BAS in Teaching and Early Learning program is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board as a Route 1 Alternate Route to Certification.
  • The program offers endorsements in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education as the core endorsements. Population endorsements in Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and Bilingual Education are also available.
  • The BAS in T&EL is a two year program after an associates degree. The first year classes are offered evenings/weekends/online. The second year classes are all day and every day Monday through Friday and evenings too.
  • Partner districts include Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton and Tukwila.
  • The annual cost is less than $8,000.

Fast Facts about Early Childhood Education Track

  • The program prepares you for leadership roles in early childhood education settings.
  • The program can be tailored to your working situation.
  • The program includes a nine-month internship.
  • The BAS in T&EL is a two year program after an associates degree. The first year classes are offered evenings/weekends/online. The second year classes are all day and every day Monday through Friday and evenings too.
  • The annual cost is less than $8,000.

Fun Facts

  • Classes begin fall 2017.
  • Students qualify to apply for financial aid.
  • Classes will be scheduled at a time that allows most students to continue with their current employment. If they are currently working in a school district, students may be able to continue throughout their program.
  • For those who have an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, the BAS degree will create more job opportunities and the chance to earn higher wages.
  • The program offers certification in elementary and early childhood education and a number of other endorsements as well as a non-certification in early childhood education option.
  • Highline is the first college in Washington to have its AAS in Early Childhood Education program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Highline already enjoys strong partnerships with surrounding early learning facilities and local school districts, giving BAS students access to internships and employment.

Background on Applied Bachelor’s Degrees

Several years ago, the state of Washington recognized it needed to create more opportunities for students to earn bachelor’s degrees in our state. This new degree — the applied bachelor’s degree — provides a pathway to a four-year degree for students who have earned an associate degree in a professional-technical field. Before the applied bachelor’s degree was created, students would often have to transfer to a regional or state college or university and take additional lower-level coursework to complete a bachelor’s degree. Now, students can stay in the area and save time and money on their way to earning a four-year degree.