Alternative Routes for BAST

“Alternative routes are designed for career changers and for individuals already working in the school system who want to transition to full-time teaching. Compared to traditional educator preparation programs, alternative routes tend to be shorter, more convenient, more affordable, and more practically oriented.” (Alternative Routes for Teacher Education, PESB)

The BAS-TE program specifically offers the following alternate route:

  • Classified instructional employees (e.g., paraeducators) with Associates degrees

The BAST program at Grays Harbor College was created to serve students in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. The two-year program, that builds on an applicant’s already earned associate’s degree or one-year Early Childhood Education Certificate, is offered with evening hybrid classes on the main campus in Aberdeen, WA. Our program is designed to combine an applicant’s lower-division technical preparation with upper-division credits in education, resulting in a practical, application-oriented, four-year degree with a K-8 certification.

For more information on the BAST program, and to determine if an alternate route pathway is possible, please contact Nancy Estergard, at 360-538-4012 or