Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education
The program in elementary education is designed to provide pathways for individuals with 90 or more college-level credits from a regionally accredited college. The program aspires to remove barriers and create pathways that systematically build upon the candidates’ previous educational background and past professional experience.
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education degree program is designed to target place-bound working adults and responds to the specific needs of the school districts located within the boundaries of YVC’s service district, in Yakima County. YVC’s program will prepare teacher candidates with content and subject knowledge required in PreK-8 classrooms, while integrating an in-depth residency experience.
Teacher Education, BAS
The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Teacher Education at Yakima Valley College (YVC) combines the knowledge earned from previous degrees, such as an Associate of Applied Science, with upper division (300 & 400 level) Teacher Education courses. Rigorous, applied curriculum prepares individuals for a Washington State Teacher Certificate in Elementary Education (K-8), with additional optional endorsements in English Language Learners (ELL) and Early Childhood Education (ECE).
Accreditation & State Standards
Yakima Valley College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is authorized to offer the BAS in Teacher Education through the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (RCW 28B.50.090, RCW 28B.50.810). In addition, the program is approved as both, a traditional and alternative route 1 teacher preparation program by the State of Washington Professional Educators Standards Board (PESB).
- Hands-on learning throughout the program
- Flexible programming designed for individuals currently working in education
- Dedicated, experienced college faculty
- Evening courses blended with online learning
- Apprentice teaching opportunities in local K-8 classrooms
- Options for full or part-time attendance
- Affordable Tuition
Teacher Education program courses can be completed in two years if the student attends full-time and has met all other BAS requirements including, an earned applied associates degree or 90 college-level credits, plus 60 credit hours of general education courses in specific distribution areas. As students enter our BAS programs from a variety of educational backgrounds time to degree completion varies. A total of 180 credits in specific categories is required to earn the BAS degree.
Classroom teachers with an elementary education endorsement may be assigned to teach any subject in grades K-8. Although teachers who graduate from the Teacher Education program are authorized by the state to teach K-8, they must also meet the federal Highly Qualified Teacher requirements if they wish to teach core academic subjects at the middle level. For more information about Highly Qualified requirements visit OSPI’s website Every Student Succeeds Act.
Program Course Schedule
BAS-TE program is focused on integrated course work that will be delivered in a hybrid format (face-to-face and online). BAS-TE courses will be coordinated around candidates’ work and field placement schedules. A key element of this design is to prepare candidates to be immediately effective first-year teachers who can ensure that each learner meets or exceeds grade-level expectations.
Students will need to complete 60 credits of general studies requirements prior to graduation from the Teacher Education program. Based on individual transcripts, students will have ample opportunities and flexibility to meet this requirement throughout the program. Program and faculty advisors will work with each student to determine the best academic schedule to meet this requirement.
Candidates complete 36 credits of residency experiences or 720 hours of classroom experience. 5 months of full-time experience will be completed in year two. Course content in the following areas is integrated into the classroom experience: assessment, setting goals, selecting instructional strategies for content (and language adaptations), motivational strategies, effective delivery of instruction and lesson review and teacher accentually for pupil growth. The competency assessments each quarter follow the developmental sequence as tasks and responsibilities become more complex and independent.
Course Descriptions and Learner Outcomes
In addition to hands-on work in the classroom, candidates engage in 200 and 300-level education coursework designed to inform and enrich the residency experience. This deep blend of theory and practice makes the residency model an unique route into teaching, helping participants draw meaningful connections between their daily classroom work and the latest in education theory and research.
Advising Guides and Plan of Study
Each student will be provided an Individualized Teacher Development Plan based on performance-based standards for residency certification. The plan will include assessment of prior learning experience for the potential of course waiver submission. Mentor teachers, school principal, and field supervisor will maintain the on-going documentation/evidence of candidate’s program competency completion.
This handbook is intended to be a manual to support to YVC candidates be successful in the BAS-TE program. It is a guide for candidates while in the BAS-TE program. Yakima Valley College Teacher Education Department will continue to update this handbook to reflect current best practices.
Link coming soon.
Our Student Learning Outcomes are aligned with the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) Residency Teacher Standards and Competencies, The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Accreditation Standards, and Yakima Valley College’s Core Mission and Themes.
Route 1: 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.
For more information on Educator Pathways, go to the PESB website: Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification.
Students are eligible to apply if they have completed:
- an associate degree with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all ECE coursework and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all other course work, or
- a minimum of 90 college-level credits with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
The WEST–B is a test of basic knowledge and skills required to successfully enter a Washington teacher preparation program and to work as an educator in Washington schools.
Candidates must meet the Washington Educator Skills Basic Skills (WEST-B) requirement prior to applying to the Teacher Educator program. Passing scores (240 or above) must be on file by the application due date. You must request that your WEST-B test scores are sent to YVC.
Candidates entering a Washington approved educator preparation program may substitute a passing score from any or all sections of the SAT or ACT for the equivalent passing scores on the WEST–B. The adopted passing scores for SAT and ACT can be found on the PESB website. The basic skills requirement may only be fulfilled by the WEST–B, ACT, or SAT.
The following courses are not required for admissions, but they are highly recommended to be successful on WEST-B, course work throughout the program, and certification assessments (exit testing):
- Quantitative or computational MATH above 100 (or designated “Group B-Q” on YVC DTA) completed with grade of C or higher
- ENGL& 101 (or English composition course) completed with grade of C or higher
It is not required to have completed an AA-DTA, AAS, or AAS-T to apply for admissions to the Teacher Education program. However, this is a competitive application process. Preference will be given to those who have completed a two-year degree by the end of spring quarter.
There are no required EDUC courses to be completed prior to submitting your Teacher Education program application. However, it is highly recommended that students complete an Introduction to Education course prior to the application process.
At the time of application, experience in the field is NOT required. However, this is a competitive application process. Preference will be given to those with field experience (work in early learning or an education field, or as a paraeducator in the K-12 school system).
There is a two-step application process to apply to the BAS-TE program
Complete the YVC Application. There is a $30 non-refundable application fee. Application is waived if you have been a student in the last twelve months.
- Students returning to YVC can access information here on how to renew their Student ID by going to the Student Portal. If you have forgotten your information please visit the Returning Student page the learn how to create your login.
- Students transferring from another college, should visit the Transfer Student page to apply and submit your transcripts to transfer your credits to YVC.
Complete the BAS-TE application – no fee (see the Application Forms section of this webpage for details.)
As part of the admission packet, students must complete and submit the following:
- WEST-B scaled score of 240 or higher or
- An equivalent score of 530 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT exams
- Application for Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education
- Three letters of professional recommendation
- Official college transcripts
- Completed Character and Fitness Supplement Form (OSPI website)
- Reflective essay
Student applicants will be screened through a process with clearly-defined minimum qualifications and prerequisites. Students will be expected to have completed an associate degree with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in all ECE coursework and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all other course work, or a minimum of 90 college-level credits with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Student applicants will also be interviewed by a subcommittee of the program’s Professional Educators Advisory Board and faculty prior to admission to the program. A criminal background check which includes fingerprint screening will be administered through the Office for the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Application forms will be available when the application window for the fall 2019 cohort begins.
Information on applying for the fall 2019 cohort will be provided soon.
Admission to Yakima Valley College (YVC) does not guarantee entrance to the BAS in Teacher Education program. Students must meet the application deadlines and entrance requirements prescribed by the program.
To be considered for programs with selective admissions, please:
- Refer to specific program requirements in the course catalog.
- Contact the department directly for an application packet.
- Submit all required paperwork by the program deadlines.
- Complete all required prerequisites.
The BAS-TE core teaching standards are to ensure that every YVC graduate will enter the profession as both competent in knowledge and practice and able to advocate for justice in education for learners of the community.
Our Central Beliefs
- A commitment to be an advocate in social justice within education.
- A commitment to competence for all PreK-8 grade students.
Our program standards are aligned with the following Interstate Teacher Support and Assessment Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards;
Standard 1: Learner Development
Standard 2: Learning Differences
Standard 3: Learning Environments
Standard 4: Content Knowledge
Standard 5: Application of Content
Standard 6: Assessment
Standard 7: Planning for Instruction
Standard 8: Instructional Strategies
Standard 9: Professional Learning & Ethical Practice
Standard 10: Leadership & Collaboration
- More details on BAS-TE Standards can be found here: BAST-E Program Outcomes INTASCF
All candidates will complete the Teacher Performance Assessment, the edTPA. The classroom-based assessment will be administered during the residency placement and focuses on the following core teaching skills:
- Planning. Candidates have knowledge of content and student characteristics to plan effective instruction centered on state learning goals.
- Instruction. Candidates have skills that demonstrate knowledge on how to actively engage students in learning academic content.
- Assessment. Candidates can analyze student learning in order to provide feedback, plan the next steps in instruction, and change teaching practices.
- Academic language. Candidates use language demands of academic content and provide appropriate scaffolding based on students’ language development.
Refer to YVC Tuition and Fees for information on tuition and other college fees. Please review the information for Upper Division classes which are 300 and above. In addition to college tuition and fees, there are program specific costs for testing, fingerprinting and more. Refer to BAS-TE fee document for more information on fees.
What is a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS)?
BAS degrees are designed to build on Associate degrees that provide workplace skills. BAS degrees build on a practical career training degree and provide a path to the baccalaureate level without requiring the student to earn another two-year degree. YVC’s program (“BAS-TE”, “Teacher Education”) will prepare teacher candidates with content and subject knowledge required in PreK-8 classrooms, while integrating an in-depth residency experience. Completion of the program will result in the award of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education.
What is a Teaching Certificate?
In Washington, educators must obtain a Washington certificate in order to serve in the public schools. The residency certificate enables the holder to teach in endorsed subject areas. Certificates are issued by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Washington issues the Residency Teacher Certificate to most first-time and out-of-state applicants for a regular teaching certificate.
What is an endorsement?
An endorsement defines the content area on the Washington Teaching Certificate. In the YVC Teacher Education program, you may earn endorsements in Elementary Education (K-8), Early Childhood Education (P-3) and/or English Language Learners (K-12). More information about endorsements.
What is an Alternative Route to Certification?
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. YVC is offering alternative Route 1. Route 1 (an alternative route defined by PESB) is designed for currently employed classified instructional employees.
Candidates enrolled in this route complete both their baccalaureate degree and requirements for residency certification in two years.
What will I be “qualified to teach” after graduation?
The BAS-TE degree will prepare graduates to work across the spectrum of early childhood education from birth through eighth grade in a variety of early education and general education programs such as early intervention, Head Start, the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and primary schools. Classroom teachers with an elementary education endorsement may be assigned to teach any subject in grades K-8.
After I graduate, can I teach in Middle School?
Although teachers who graduate from the Teacher Education program are authorized by the state to teach K-8, they must also meet the federal Highly Qualified Teacher requirements if they wish to teach core academic subjects at the middle level. More information about Highly Qualified requirements is available.
How long is the program?
Candidates enrolled in this program complete both their baccalaureate degree and requirements for residency certification in two years (or less), including a mentored internship to be completed in the final year. This is a total of 6 academic quarters at fulltime status (15 credits per quarter).
When does the program start?
The first cohort (group of students going through the program together) will begin in Fall QTR 2018. New cohorts following will begin each fall quarter thereafter.
Where and how are the classes held?
BAS-TE courses are hybrid, blending seminar and online classes. Classes will be held in your residency location on evenings and/or weekends, and via the internet. It may be necessary for you to travel to another residency location if there are not enough candidates in your location to support a full class.
How does the admission process work?
An application has two parts: Students need to apply to Yakima Valley College through the Office of Admissions and after that, to the Teacher Education Program through the Bachelor of Applied Science – Teacher Education (BAS-TE). BAS-TE admissions are competitive: there is one application deadline each year (usually April 1).
Student applicants will be screened through a process with clearly-defined minimum qualifications and prerequisites. Students will be expected to have a minimum 2.5 cumulative (overall) college level GPA.
As part of the admission packet, students must complete and submit the following:
- WEST-B scaled score of 240 or higher or have an appointment scheduled to take the West-B test or
- An equivalent score of 530 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT exams, or have an appointment scheduled to take either one of these tests
- Three letters of reference (at least one must be from a school district representative, i.e., principal, teacher, classified employee, PTA parent) – Professional Recommendation Form provided
- Resume – Resume Form provided
- Completed Character and Fitness Supplement Form – OSPI website
- Official college transcripts (other than YVC)
Student applicants will also be interviewed by a subcommittee of the program’s Professional Educators Advisory Board (PEAB) and faculty prior to admission to the program.
Do I have to pass a test to enter a teacher preparation program?
Yes. Prospective teachers must pass the WEST-B (Washington Educator Skills Test–Basic) prior to full acceptance into BAS-TE. The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has established exemptions and alternatives to the WEST-B requirement. See the PESB website for details.
What other tests are necessary to become a teacher in Washington?
Washington has two testing requirements: basic skills (WEST-B and Approved Alternatives) and content knowledge area testing (WEST-E/NES and Approved Alternatives). The testing requirements must be successfully completed within one calendar year of issuance of the first residency teacher temporary permit for first-time candidates. For details see the OSPI website.
How many applicants are going to be accepted and how is the scoring going to be determined?
The fall quarter of 2018 cohort will consist of approximately 35 candidates. YVC will admit students based on a prioritization system that takes into account relevant work experience, GPA, interview, and references.
Priority consideration will be given to those students who submit a complete admission packet and have completed either the WEST-B test or its equivalent SAT or ACT exams.
In the event that there are more applicants who meet all of the qualifications than there are slots available and it is not feasible to admit additional students, a wait list will be formed for the remaining qualified applicants. If a current student decides to drop out of the program during the first quarter, a new student from the wait list will be contacted and given the opportunity to enter the program. The wait list will expire at the end of the first year and these students will have to apply for admission for the following year.
When will I know if I am accepted?
Notification date for priority applications and invitation the next stage in the interview is May 15 for the following fall cohort.
What if I do not get admitted to YVC BAS-TE the first time?
We are open to working with all students who are interested in becoming a teacher. You may need to retake some courses to improve your GPA, obtain more volunteer hours, or finish ENGL& 101 or a MATH& course. Regardless, all interested students will remain on the BAS-TE program wait list. Contact the BAS-TE coordinator for more information.
When is the deadline to apply for the teacher education (BAS-TE) program?
The pre-application deadline is February 1 of each year. We are requesting that all applicants make sure that official transcripts and test scores are in process by then. The last day to apply is April 2 of each year. Besides official college transcripts and test scores, applicants will need to provide all application materials (letters of recommendation, reflective essay, and completion of pre-residency clearance application) no later than April 2.
What else do I need to apply to the BAS-TE program?
Besides passing the WEST-B test (or equivalent), applicants will need:
- Associate degree or completion of 90 credits from a regionally accredited college
- Minimum cumulative (overall) college level GPA of 2.5
- Three letters of recommendation (at least one must be from a school district representative, i.e., principal, teacher, classified employee, PTA parent)
- Completion of the Character and Fitness Supplement form from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
- Reflective essay
- Official college transcripts (excluding YVC)
- Attendance at an entrance interview (to be scheduled after April 1 for competitive applicants)
What grades do I need in order to be admitted to the YVC teacher education program?
The minimum grade point average requirement for BAS-TE applicants is 2.5 cumulative (overall) college level. If you need assistance calculating your GPA, please contact the BAS-TE coordinator.
What type of person should I ask to write a letter of recommendation?
In general, academic references from faculty or instructors, and references from observation of work with students are excellent. References from your elementary or high school teachers or from personal friends or relatives are not considered the strongest.
The BAS-TE program will require three professional recommendation letters to be submitted with your application. At least one is required to come from a school district representative (principal, teacher, classified employee, PTA parent).
What if my application to the teacher education program is missing a reference or another required item at the time of the final teacher education admission deadline?
Each applicant is responsible to make sure his or her application is complete by the application deadline. Incomplete applications are not reviewed for admission.
Do graduates of YVC need to submit “official” transcripts to admissions when applying to YVC and/or the Teacher Education program?
No, previous and current YVC students do NOT need to submit official YVC transcripts.
Do I need to submit high school transcripts for the BAS-TE application?
No, high school transcripts are not required for the BAS-TE application.
Where do I send my official college transcripts?
Official college transcripts must be sent to the following address. Official transcripts must be in their original sealed envelopes. Opened official transcripts will not be accepted.
Yakima Valley College
PO Box 22520
Yakima, WA 98907-2520
If transcripts are being sent electronically, please have them sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the WEST-B Test?
The WEST-B test is the Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic which covers reading writing and mathematics. An individual’s performance on a WEST test is evaluated against an established standard. That standard, or the passing score for each test and subtest, was established by the PESB and was based on the professional judgments and recommendations of Washington educators.
To report test scores in a consistent way for all test fields and all test administrations, the scores for all tests and subtests are converted to a common scale.
See the PESB website for details.
What is the passing WEST-B score?
Test results are calculated as scaled scores in a range from 100 to 300, with a score of 240 representing the minimum passing score. If your total test scaled score is 240 or above, you have passed the test or subtest.
Your total test score is based on your performance on all sections of the test or subtest.
To pass the WEST–B, you must pass each of the test’s subtests. You may take one or more subtests at a given administration. You do not have to pass all subtests at a single test administration.
Meeting minimum passing scores on the WEST–B is required for:
- Candidates applying for admission to state-approved educator preparation programs
- Applicants certified out of state who are applying for a Washington State teaching certificate
What are the Exemptions for WEST–B?
Applicants who can provide documentation of one of the following are exempt from taking the WEST–B:
- A National Board Teaching Certificate
- Washington passing scores on all three tests (Reading, Mathematics, and Writing) of the Praxis I
- A passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test™ (CBEST®)
- A passing score on the NES Essential Academic Skills Test
What are the alternative tests and passing scores?
Alternative tests are the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT).
How do students send or share their completed High School SAT scores (for equivalency to WEST-B) with BAS-TE admissions application?
You may include a copy of your scores with your BAS-TE application or have scores sent directly to YVC.
How do I get my WEST-B test scores?
Your test scores are reported to you and to any institution that you indicated as a score recipient when you registered. Your scores are also reported directly to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Office of Certification, and are automatically added to your certification application file. Your score report is for your records only; do not submit it with your application for certification or with the YVC or BAS-TE applications.
How soon should I take the WEST-B?
It can take six weeks or more to receive test scores on the WEST-B. Therefore, if you plan to apply for the BAS-TE program and meet the pre-application deadline of February 1, it is best to take the test as soon as possible but no later than December 18. This will also allow for time to retake the test if needed.
What if I do not pass the WEST-B I test the first time I take it?
You can retake the WEST-B exam. Your application cannot be reviewed until you have passed with the minimum scores. Examinees who do not pass a WEST test or subtest may retake that test or subtest. If you wish to retake a test, you must complete the registration process again. You must wait 45 days before retaking a WEST test.
How long are previously passed WEST-B scores available and valid for admission? Do WEST-B scores expire and have to be reattempted if previously used for admissions into another Teacher Education program?
Currently there is no expiration of the validity period for WEST-B test results.
How long is the wait period in between submission of the writing test and receiving scores?
Two to six weeks.
Can I still apply by April 2 if I am waiting for my WEST-B results?
You should not delay your application in you are waiting for your WEST-B results. Please submit all required application forms and indicate “waiting for your results” on the application.
If I get into the teacher education program, will I be assigned a new advisor?
Yes, undergraduate students in the Teacher Education Program are assigned to academic advisors in the BAS-TE program.
Residency Placement Questions
What districts are allowing/partners for student placements?
YVC has partnerships with Yakima School District and Grandview School District. However, we are working in collaboration with the ESD 105 and other local school districts.
All Placements will be assigned through collaboration with school building principals, mentor teachers, and BAS-TE Faculty.
Tuition & Fees Costs Questions
Do I need to apply for FAFSA? How? When is it open?
Please see the YVC financial aid website for details on FAFSA
What is the cost of the program?
Information regarding YVC tuition and fees. Please review the information for Upper Division classes which are 300 and above.
Are there fees and textbooks required for this program?
Yes. All fees associated with this program will be posted on the BAS-TE website. The fees will be related to the required WA State certification tests, criminal background checks and finger printing, and program performance assessments.
Textbooks will be required for all core BASED courses.
Students interested in the Bachelor of Applied Science program are encouraged to meet and maintain contact with a college counselor/advisor to explore career options.
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