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Preparing future teachers at LCC

You can be on the path to making a difference in your community by earning a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Teacher Education (BAS-TE). LCC's program will help you gain knowledge and skills to effectively work with students and collaborate with professionals throughout the field. This program is tailored for working adults with options for residency teacher certification or a focus in early care and education. LCC offers endorsements in elementary education and early childhood education.

The application is now open.


Applications for the 2022 part-time cohort are now available! 


Program Details

Classes are designed as hybrid courses, which means each class meets once per week with the remaining coursework online.


  • Classes are offered Thursday evenings.
  • Full-time cohorts will complete between 15-18 credits per quarter
  • The degree requires practicums and student teaching in addition to courses.


  • Classes are offered Tuesday evenings from 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Part -time students will complete 9 – 11 credits each term (summers included)
  • The degree requires practicums and student teaching in addition to courses


Steps to Apply

  1. If you are not a current or former Lower Columbia College student, obtain a student ID number (SID) by applying to LCC online.
  2. Complete the online BAS-TE Application Form (Applications are not currently being accepted. Check back in January 2022).
  3. Schedule an advising appointment by contacting Ann Williamson.

Admission into the BAS-TE program is merit based. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission as the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces. To be placed into the admissions pool, applicants must complete and submit the following:

  • Completion of all BAS-TE application materials
  • Proof of an earned associate degree or 90 college level credits from an institutionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Successful completion of the following courses with a 2.0 or better:
    • ENGL& 101-English Composition I
    • A college-level math course for which intermediate algebra is a prerequisite from the quantitative distribution list (MATH& 132 is recommended)
    • EDUC& 115-Child Development
    • EDUC& 150-Child Family and Community
    • EDUC& 205 - Intro to Education w/Field Experience
    • HIST& 136-US History I or HIST& 137-US History II

Additional Admissions Requirements

  • WEST B Test or SAT or ACT scores
  • Completion of FERPA release to share information with OSPI & PESB
  • Completion of required demographic data sheet

Additional Requirements (completed prior to starting the program)

  • Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) or Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF) Background Check
  • Pre-residency clearance (cert option only)

General Education Degree Required Courses

The following courses must be completed prior to a bachelor’s degree obtainment. Some courses can be included in the two-year degree or be completed during the bachelor’s program in addition to the required courses. A minimum of 60 quarter credits of general education courses are required in the following distribution areas prior to graduation.

  • Communications 15 credits
    • ENGL& 101 English Composition I*
    • 10 additional credits from the LCC communications distribution list (CMST& 220 and ENG 102 recommended).
  • Humanities 10 credits
    • 10 credits from the LCC humanities distribution list (CMST& 210 and ENGL 270 recommended).
  • Social Science 20 credits
    • EDUC& 115* Child Development (also meets Human Relations requirement)
    • HIST& 137* or HIST& 136*
    • 10 additional credits from the LCC social science distribution list (PSYC& 100 and SOC& 101 Recommended).
  • Quantitative Skills 5 credits
    • MATH& 107* or a college-level math course for which intermediate algebra is a prerequisite (MATH& 132 recommended).
  • Natural Science 10 credits
    • 10 credits, 5 credits with lab, from the LCC Natural Science distribution list (PHSC 109 and NUTR& 101 recommended).
  • WEST B (prior to starting the program) - approximate cost $155
  • Fingerprint and background check (prior to starting the program) - approximate cost $82
  • NES 101 (early childhood education endorsement test) - approximately $95 each
  • NES 102 & 103 (elementary education endorsement tests, subtest I and subtest II) - approximate cost $155
  • State Certification Fee - approximate cost $74 plus $25 for endorsement and $15 for each
  • additional endorsement

In addition to BAS-TE courses, applicants seeking Washington State residency teacher certification must complete the following:

  • Passing score of either the Early Childhood or Elementary Education endorsement assessment (or both for dual endorsement) National Evaluation Series (NES) Test 101-early childhood education, or tests 102 and 103 Elementary Education subtests 1 & 2. These are content knowledge assessments required prior to being certified to teach in a particular subject area. Learn more about the NES.
  • Completion and submission of the BAS-TE Pedagogy Assessment. 
  • Successful completion of required clinical hours.
  • Meet all requirements of OSPI for residency teacher certification

Graduates that select the certification route are prepared to earn residency teacher certification in the state of Washington through OSPI and teach grades pre-K through 8th grade in the public and school system.

Graduates that select the early childhood education route are prepared to teach children birth through 3rd grade in early care and education settings such as Head Start, childcare centers and preschool programs.

Please scroll to the bottom of LCC's tuition and fees webpage for information about the BAS cost of attendance.

When does the program start?

The 2021 full-time cohort (#3) (group of students going through the program together) begins courses fall quarter 2021. The next part-time cohort will begin summer 2022.

How does the admission process work?

An application has two parts: Students need to apply to Lower Columbia 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.

Student applicants will be screened through a process with clearly-defined minimum qualifications and prerequisites. Students will be expected to have cumulative 2.5GPA.

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