Teacher Education (BAS)

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education (BAST) provides place-bound students an education beyond the associate level, which is tailored to their community. The program is designed to allow students to earn a four-year degree with a K-8 certification. During the program, you will be able to earn a special education endorsement in addition to the elementary education and core coursework.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education: Elementary Education & Special Education will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with children, parents/guardians, peers, administrators, and the community.
  • Ensure cultural competence in teaching through adapting learner centered curricula that engage students in a variety of culturally responsive strategies.
  • Recognize individual differences and learning styles then modify curricula to meet the learners’ needs.
  • Design, facilitate, and evaluate age and developmental appropriate learning exercises for students in K-8 and special education.
  • Develop standards-driven curricula and monitor student progress towards targets.
  • Utilize formal and informal assessment strategies to strengthen instruction and promote learning.
  • Competently design and execute lessons rich in literacy, science, math, social studies and the arts.
  • Generate strategies from multiple instructional approaches and differentiated instruction for all students.
  • Foster positive, inclusive learning settings in cognitive, behavior, language, physical, and social domains to create a safe and productive learning environment.
  • Integrate and model the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Utilize feedback and reflection to constantly improve teaching practices.
  • Demonstrate the capacity and skills needed to work the professional environment of K-8 education.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to BAST must attempt the WEST-B prior to starting the program.  Information on the WEST-B can be found on the WEST website or by contacting the BAS Support office via phone at 360-538-4012, via email at bas@ghc.edu or stop by the Manspeaker Instructional Building Room 2409 for details.

In order to be placed into the admissions pool, applicants must complete and submit the following:

  • BAS application fee of $25 and completed application
  • A short (500-700 word) essay (see below)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts showing evidence of an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • WATCH clearance, $12 fee (Washington Access to Criminal History)

Preference will be given to students who have completed SPAN& 123 or demonstrate equivalent competency through a GHC-exam.

Required Courses

Applicants must have a grade of 2.7 or higher in the following courses prior to starting the program: 

Courses Required to Graduate:

  • ENGL 233
  • HIST& 219

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. BAST 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 BAST program that will help you meet this standard?

Alternate Routes to the BAST Program