Elementary Education

Teaching the love of teaching

Educating our future educators

Do you love children of all ages? Are you creative and caring? Do you love hands-on experiences? Do you want to change a child’s life through learning? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education (BASTE) program at Columbia Basin College (CBC) is for you!

BASTE program highlights:

  • Education classes encompassing birth to third grade.
  • Two to three year program length depending on how fast you would like to complete your studies.
  • A full-time cohort starts each fall and a part-time cohort starts each summer.
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At CBC we embrace diversity and for that reason great emphasis is given to educating all learners. By learning to work with every student, teacher preparation candidates are more likely to be successful when they have their own classrooms. Our program fosters collaboration with school districts and other institutions to ensure our future teachers are well connected.

Join the Education Program and experience educational theory and real classroom experiences so that our candidates can be prepared to educate all learners. Email us today for more information!

  • 1. Applicant Eligibility

    Applicants must satisfy all of the following criteria:

    • Completed an associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or closely related field or at least 90 college-level credits from an academic transfer or career/technical program(s).
    • Taken WEST-B Placement Test.
    • Completed the following prerequisite courses with a minimum course grade of 2.7:
      -ECED 103 Art
      -ECED& 150 Child/Family/Community
      -ECED 105 Intro to Early Childhood Education
      -ECED 151 Supervised Practicum
      -ECED& 107 Health, Safety, & Nutrition
      -ECED 152 Supervised Practicum Lab
      -ECED& 115 Child Development
      -ECED& 160 Curriculum Development
      -ECED& 120 Practicum-Nurturing Relationships
      -ECED& 170 Environments-Young Child
      -ECED 124 Children’s Literature
      -ECED& 180 Language/Literacy Development
      -ECED 122 Math & Science
      -ECED& 190 Observation/Assessment
      -ECED& 130 Guiding Behavior
      -ECED& 203 Exceptional Child
      -ECED& 132 Infants & Toddlers Care
  • 2. Application Requirement

    All applicants are required to submit an application packet which includes: 

    • Completed CBC Application for Admission.
    • BASTE Application
    • Official college transcripts showing completion of a degree or equivalent number of credits and all prerequisite courses.
  • 3. In addition to the application

    •  Work experience summary (i.e., Resume).
    •  Personal Statement of Purpose (max. 500 words): 1) Highlight your professional and personal experience in early childhood education setting and 2) Outline your career goals in the field of education how this degree will support those goals.
  • 4. Program Length

    It depends upon the enrollment status:

    • Full-time: six quarters with no summer quarter.
  • 5. Program Modalities

    Evening classes for working students, face to face & hybrid courses, a total of 450 hours of field experience through student teaching, cohort model with peer support.


Note for students who are located outside of Washington state: Each state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. protectorates vary in what professions they require to be licensed and the educational requirements for those licenses. It’s important to understand whether the degree or certificate you obtain from CBC will meet the educational eligibility requirements for a license in the state in which you plan to practice. 
View educational licensure requirements by state.

Program Learning Outcomes for the BAS in Teacher Education

Program learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will achieve before they graduate. The outcomes below were developed by the faculty in Teacher Education with input from accrediting bodies, advisory committees, employers, etc. This collaboration ensures that the outcomes are relevant for careers that this degree leads to.

Students who graduate with the BAS in Teacher Education will be able to:
  1. Apply academic and pedagogical theory to learning experiences.
  2. Design developmentally appropriate learning experiences in a variety of settings.
  3. Articulate how learners grow and develop across cognitive, social, emotional, and physical domains.
  4. Plan and deliver meaningful learning experiences with a professional disposition.
  5. Create equitable access to learning opportunities that utilize inclusive classroom practices.
  6. Reflect on and refine pedagogical approaches, enhancing instructional practices.
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