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Bachelor of Applied Science—Teacher Education (BAS-TE)

Teacher Education

Centralia College provides a robust, stable, and affordable elementary education program through the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Teacher Education (BAS-TE). The coursework for this program ensures graduates have a firm foundation in teaching, and training specific to elementary and special education.

  • Program Details

    • Six quarters of classes
    • Three classes (15 credits) per quarter
    • No summer classes
    • BAS-TE Ed Plan (pdf)- Coming Soon!

  • How to Apply

    BAS-TE classes start every September.

    Priority Applications for fall 2018 will be accepted from Dec. 1-March 1. Applications accepted after March 1 will be reviewed and evaluated for admissions as space allows.

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  • Program Requirements

    Required Degree
    Eligible students must have an associate degree and transcripts approved by BAS administration from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

    Additional Requirements
    - Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) Background Check
    - Passing scores from the WEST B Test

    Prerequisite Courses
    The following courses must be successfully completed with a grade of 2.0 or higher prior to starting the BAS-TE program:
    - English Composition I (5 credits)
    - A college level math (5 credits)
    - Three EDUC or ECED courses

    Degree Required Courses
    The following course 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. Students who have completed the requirements at the time of application will receive preferred entrance consideration.

    - English 102 - English Composition II (5 credits)
    - College-level math (5 credits)
    - 15 credits of Social Sciences
    - 15 credits of Humanities
    - 15 credits of Natural Science (must include one lab course)

    Recommended Courses
    - Math& 131 and 132
    - PSYC& 100
    - US History or Western Civilization (5 credits)
    - CMST& 220 - Public Speaking
    - A biology science
    - EDUC& 115 or PSYC& 200
    - EDUC& 201 and 202
    - EDUC& 130

  • Tuition and Fees
    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. There will be additional lab fees for BAS-TE students.

    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 from Dec. 1-March 1.

    Scholarship applicants must have a current and complete financial aid file.
  • Alternate Route Information
    Name of program: BAS-TE Alternative Pathway for ParaEducators (Classified Paraprofessional Staff)

    Route(s) and Endorsement(s) Offered: Route 1 pathway for classified paraprofessional staff

    Main address: 600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, WA 98531

    Delivery method: Hybrid

    Delivery format [time]: Evenings

    Regions/School Districts Served: Lewis County School districts, South Thurston County

    Brief Description of Program: The Bachelor of Applied Science Teacher Education (BAS-TE) program is designed to graduate individuals who are well-grounded in education and training and are prepared to obtain initial teaching certification (K-8) in the state of Washington with primary endorsements in special education and elementary education.

    Coordinator Information: Nancy Keaton, 360-623-8458,

    Estimated time to complete program: 2 years

    Prerequisites: Prerequisite courses include:
    • ENGL& 101
    • A college level math (5 credits)
    • Three EDUC or ECED courses
    Successful completion of each of these courses with a minimum 2.0 grade:
    • ENGL& 102 – English Composition II (5 credits)
    • College Level Math (5 credits)
    • 15 credits of Social Science
    • 15 credits of Humanities
    • 15 credits of Natural Science (must include one lab course)
    Sample cost breakdowns:
    • Note: Tuition is subject to change due to State Legislative actions
    • Resident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees: $2,674
    • US Citizen Nonresident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees: $2,808
    • Non US Citizen Nonresident Tuition (15 credits) and fixed fees: $6,207
    • Books and supplies (estimate): $427