Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching and Early Learning

Do you want a rewarding career helping others? If you are working with children — or wish to be — then you can be on the path to making a difference in your community by earning a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Teaching and Early Learning. Highline’s new applied bachelor’s degree program will help you gain the skills and knowledge to be more valuable working with young children and collaborating with other staff throughout the area. This program can prepare you for a career in elementary schools or in early childhood education (ECE) settings

more about this early learning program

Providing Options

The program offers both certification and non-certification options in education. The certification option offers core endorsements in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education and additional endorsements including Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, English Language Learner and Bilingual. The non-certification option provide specialized coursework related to infant and toddler caregiving.

Saving Time and Money

This new degree was designed to be affordable and convenient. Classes and program activities will be scheduled at a time that will allow most students to continue with their current employment. You may also be eligible to be paid during your teaching residency.

Creating Pathways to More Jobs

The applied associate degree creates a pathway to an applied bachelor’s degree for para-educators, preschool teachers and childcare providers. An AAS or an AAS-T in Education offers the easiest transition into the BAS degree in Teaching and Early Learning. However, any two-year degree earned with a 2.5 or better GPA is sufficient. Earning a BAS degree will widen your job choices and give you the chance to earn higher wages.

Meeting a Growing Need

There is a growing need for education professionals. Skilled teachers are in demand in public schools and other locations. There is also growing demand for ECE specialists in a variety of early learning settings. The need for educators of color is especially high. South King County is one of the most diverse regions in Washington, according to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau figures. Research shows that having a teaching workforce that reflects the population of the communities served improves student achievement.

Did You Know?

Highline Leads the Industry

Highline is the first college in Washington to have its program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which promotes high-quality early learning. Meeting NAEYC accreditation standards required a rigorous process, one that signals the quality of Highline’s program.

Highline Is Connected

Highline already enjoys strong partnerships with surrounding early learning facilities and local school districts. For those pursuing teacher certification, this program targets the six districts located close to the college — Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton and Tukwila — for internship opportunities. Early learning candidates have a variety of options and settings within the Highline College service area. Highline’s goal is to help candidates find employment in local communities or close to where they live.

Highline Is Advancing Diversity

People representing more than 120 cultures attend classes at the college. With over 70 percent students of color, Highline ranks as the most diverse higher education institution in Washington. Highline’s programs develop graduates with practical skills, a sense of global citizenship and an understanding of cultural diversity. The college's commitment to diversity, social justice and multiculturalism earns awards.

Get Started

You qualify to apply for Highline’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching and Early Learning if you meet certain criteria, which are currently being developed and will be available shortly. Visit the Education Department website for more information.


Program Curriculum focus Early Childhood Education (without teacher certification) Jodi White
Education Department Coordinator
(206) 592-4085 Make an appointment with Jodi
Program Curriculum focus Elementary Education with WA State Teacher Certification Tanya Powers
Baccalaureate Education Director
(206) 592-3662 Make an appointment with Tanya