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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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|