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2021 - 2022 Dallas College Catalog

2021 - 2022 Catalog
Dallas College, Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and Teaching (BAS ECE) is a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved baccalaureate degree program consisting of upper- and lower-division courses. The degree was awarded approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in June of 2020. The complete degree plan consists of 120-semester -credit hours and also includes a pathway that leads to initial Texas teacher certification.

Transfer options into the BAS ECE program are also available for students who have Associates degrees. Students that are currently in Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) pathways should speak with their academic advisor about completing their Associates degrees in the pursuit of the bachelor's degree. Visit to view guided pathways created for students who complete the A.A.T. and A.A.S. degrees.

The BAS ECE degree program is focused on preparing students to teach young children from birth to third grade. The BAS ECE recognizes the critical development that occurs for children in those early years - a period that lays the foundation needed for lifelong learning. Therefore, the BAS ECE is intentionally focused on developing early childhood educators for Dallas County. BAS ECE graduates will be prepared to provide early learners with intentional experiences and responsive relationships while helping close the achievement gap for lower-income children.

Students who complete this degree will also be prepared to seek careers as lead classroom teachers, teacher aides or program specialists in early childhood education private school settings, afterschool programs and early childhood centers such as Early Head Start, Head Start, non-profit preschools, and private infant/toddler programs. Upon approval from Texas Education Agency (TEA), the program will also offer students a pathway towards Texas teacher certificate through the Dallas College Educator Preparation Program.

The BAS ECE consists of the Core Curriculum selected by Dallas College and additional course work required for the specific degree. In keeping with Texas State law, students who complete the 42-hour credits of the Core Curriculum are assured that the Core should transfer to any Texas public college or university. In such instances, the Core should be substituted for the core requirements of the receiving institution. Therefore, in pursuing the BAS ECE degree, students are encouraged to complete the entire Core here at Dallas College. However, care should be taken in the selection of math and science courses to ensure that those courses also meet requirements of the proposed major at the transfer institution. The BAS ECE curriculum requires specific courses that must be taken in addition to the Core.

In addition to completing the required courses, students must meet all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements and receive a combined GPA(2) of at least 2.75 for all coursework in the BAS ECE program. Note: There is a separate admissions process into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) and acceptance into the BAS ECE program does not guarantee admissions into the EPP.

*Upon approval from the TEA, the program will also offer students a pathway towards Texas teacher certificate through the Dallas College EPP.