Frequently Asked Questions About the BAS in Teacher Education

When are applications to the BAS-TE program due?

Applications are accepted until the cohort is filled.

How quickly do students hear back after applying to a BAS-TE program?

Acceptance to the BAS-TE program will occur by mid-spring quarter every year.  Students will be emailed and will receive an acceptance letter in the mail identifying acceptance to include next steps for the student.  Students who are not accepted will also be notified the same with an explanation of the decision.

Are students entering BAS-TE are required to have a background check?

Yes.  Having a clear Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) is a condition for acceptance to the program.  Students will pay the $12 fee to the cashier in building 100 and bring the receipt to the BAS support in room 2409 to complete the process.  This is due prior to acceptance or no later than the application deadline.

Do I have to start in Fall?

Yes. New students are only admitted for Fall quarter.

Can these programs be taken one class at a time, or must they be completed in sequence at a full credit load?

BAS-TE is designed as a full-time, six-quarter program.

Classes are scheduled in the late afternoon/early evening. Are there any day-time commitments?

Yes. BAS-TE students are expected to be in the classroom at least one day a week (or two half-days a week) for the first year of the program. In the second year, students are expected to complete at least three weeks of full-time student teaching in fall quarter, ten weeks of full-time student teaching in winter quarter, and five weeks of full-time student teaching in spring quarter.

Where can I find the information on the requirements  to become a certified teacher?

The requirements to graduate from GHC with a BAS in Teacher Education are listed on our webpage (www.ghc.edu/BAS).  Once accepted to the program, students will also receive a handbook with all the requirements for the program.   State certification requirements can be found on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction webpage (www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher.aspx).

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

For the Teacher Education program, call Nancy Estergard at 360-538-4012 or email nancy.estergard@ghc.edu if you have questions.

What needs to be included with the application?

The application to the BAS-TE program includes:

  • a $25 application fee
  • a short (500-750 word) essay (see directions below)
  • resume
  • transcripts from all college coursework (copy with application and official to be sent to the college),
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 30 hours of experience in a K-8 classroom setting (can be completed through course work or volunteer/paid work)
  • WATCH clearance.

Once your application materials are complete, the BAS-TE coordinator will schedule an interview with you. (See below for interview question.)

Essay question: WA teachers are expected use understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. BAS-TE students will receive guidance about how to do this as a teacher during the program. What background knowledge, skills, and/or experiences do you bring to the BAS-TE program that will help you meet this standard?

Interview question: WA teachers are expected to work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning and that encourage positive social interaction and self-motivation. BAS-TE students will receive guidance about how to do this as a teacher during the program. What background knowledge, skills and/or experiences do you bring to the BAS-TE program that will help you meet this standard?

Before starting the first quarter, students must take the WEST B assessment, have fingerprints done and submitted to OSPI, complete the OSPI Character and Fitness application, and provide proof of liability insurance.