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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching and Early Learning

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Learning Outcomes

A student earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching and Early Learning will be able to:

  • Examine their own cultural values, beliefs, and biases; articulate and apply an understanding of how people differ in their perspectives and approaches; and create learning opportunities that are culturally responsive for children and their families.
  • Articulate the importance of relationships with children, families, colleagues, and community agencies and be able to create and maintain those relationships to support children’s learning and development.
  • In collaboration with colleagues, develop plans based on theory, regularly analyze, evaluate, and synthesize results of his/her teaching practice and make appropriate changes that more fully serve each and every infant and/or young child and their family.
  • Demonstrate professionalism by accessing professional organizations and publications and other resources to insure their continued professional development and ensure that their practices are consistent with the NAEYC, CEC, and Washington State (WAC 181-87) Code of Ethics and applicable laws, policies and regulations.
  • Apply child development theory, including knowledge of typical and atypical developments, to plan and implement lessons that support each and every child’s growth across all developmental domains.
  • Recognize and apply the central concepts of the arts, English language arts, health and fitness, mathematics, science, and social studies, and identify resources to support personal and children’s growth across disciplines.
  • Incorporate a variety of evidence-based instructional strategies that are individually, culturally, and developmentall appropriate into his/her teaching practices, within and across disciplines.
  • Utilize a variety of assessment, diagnosis, and evaluation practices in collaboration with colleagues and families to guide the learning and holistic development of each and every child and use that data in individual and aggregate form to inform decisions about instruction, services, programs, interventions, and practices.
  • Create a welcoming, supportive, challenging environment for each and every child and his/her family and advocates for services and supports to be received in the least restrictive environment or within natural learning environments.
  • Analyze children’s behavior and effectively choose strategies to maximixe each child’s success in the learning community.

Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to Highline’s BAS in Teaching and Early Learning, eligible applicants must have:

  • Completed a regionally accredited AAS degree in one of the following:  Early Childhood Education or Paraeducation.  Other associate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis;
  • Official transcripts from an accredited college or university;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better with no class lower than a 2.0.

Application Process

To be considered for the Bachelor of Applied Science program, prospective students must submit the following:

  • Completed Highline bachelor “Application for Program Admission” forms;
  • Submitted official transcripts from a regionally accredited college showing that the candidate has completed a related AAS degree or are within thirty credits of completion of an AAS degree, or that they have completed the prerequisite coursework.  Other associate degrees will be considered on a case by case basis;
  • Nonrefundable application fee.


Please contact Faculty Advisor or Program Manager for most updated information.

General Education Requirements (60 credits)

Candidates in the BAS in T&EL will take 60 credits of general education courses spread across the AAS and BAS in T&EL programs. These requirements are designed, along with the program concentrations, to provide the necessary depth and breadth of knowledge needed to be a successful educator. These requirements are also an opportunity for the candidate, with faculty advice in certain elective choices, to deepen their knowledge of certain areas. The elective selection will be carefully monitored to make sure that the electives contribute to the career goals of the candidates. The Diversity and Globalism Studies (DGS) courses are of particular assistance in addressing our conceptual framework which has a strong focus on cultural responsiveness. Some of the DGS courses will fulfill the Humanities Distribution requirement and others the Social Science Distribution requirement. DGS courses are fully transferable to other institutions. The course distribution will be:

General Education Course AAS in ECE

General Education Course BAS in T&EL

Additional Program Specific Requirements (60 credits)

  • EDUC 320 - Math Methods*
  • EDUC 330 - Science Methods*
  • EDUC 340 - Assessment*
  • EDUC 345 - Development and Methods Birth-3 years**
  • EDUC 400 - Seminar:  Guiding Behavior*
  • EDUC 401 - Seminar:  Guiding Behavior**
  • EDUC 405 - Seminar:  Assessment/Portfolio*
  • EDUC 406 - Seminar:  Assessment/Portfolio**
  • EDUC 410 - Seminar:  Capstone/Professionalism*
  • EDUC 411 - Seminar:  Capstone/Professionalism**
  • EDUC 420 - Special Education Methods*
  • EDUC 421 - Early Childhood Special Education Methods**
  • EDUC 430 - Advanced Language and Literacy/ELL Methods*
  • EDUC 431 - Emerging Literacy/ELL Methods**
  • EDUC 440 - STEM Math/Science Methods*
  • EDUC 441 - Emerging Numeracy and Science Methods**
  • EDUC 470 - Fall Residency:  Certification*
  • EDUC 471 - Fall Residency:  Non-Certification**
  • ECED 480 - Winter Residency:  Certification*
  • EDUC 481 - Winter Residency:  Non-Certification**
  • ECED 490 - Spring Residency:  Certification*
  • EDUC 491 - Spring Residency:  Non-Certification**


*School Certification Pathway

**Early Childhood Pathway

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