This is an exciting time to be in education with plentiful job opportunities. We can prepare you for a variety of careers in the education field and we have 2+2 partnerships with university partners for transfer.

Education Programs at Pierce College

Pierce College can prepare you for a variety of careers in the education field and has 2+2 partnerships with university partners for transfer. This is an exciting time to be in education with plentiful job opportunities. Learn more about early childhood education and math education degree programs and pathways to other education transfer programs below, as well as children’s programs available at Pierce.

Education Degrees

Associate Degree and Certificates in Early Childhood Education

This is a professional-technical program for those interested in teaching children aged 0-5 in child care, preschool, Early Head Start, Head Start, and ECEAP settings. With this degree, you can also pursue opportunities to teach in before and after school programs, or work as a paraeducator in an elementary school. Options include the stackable state certificates and an associate degree.

Learn more by visiting the Early Childhood Education page.

Associate in Math Education

This degree prepares you to transfer into math education programs at a variety of institutions. It is also a pathway to employment as a paraeducator in the public school system.

Learn more by visiting the Math Education page.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Teaching

This is an applied baccalaureate degree that leads to teacher licensure with both P-3 endorsements in Washington State. It is designed for those who have an associate degree in early childhood education and want to hone their skills and refine their knowledge. Graduates of this program can teach in a variety of early learning settings, including kindergarten, Grades 1-3, special education preschool, early intervention, Head Start and Early Head Start, ECEAP, and child care.

Learn more by visiting the BAS-T page.

Education Pathways

Elementary Education

Pierce College offers strong pathways into university teacher preparation programs in elementary education to teach kindergarten through eighth grade.

Learn more by visiting the Elementary Education page.

Special Education

Pierce College offers strong pathways into university teacher preparation programs in special education to teach preschool through twelfth grade. Special education endorsements must now be combined with a content area endorsement such as early childhood education, elementary education, secondary math, secondary English language arts, etc. See an education programs advisor for more details.

Secondary Education

Typically, students earn a bachelor’s degree in the subject they wish to teach at the secondary level and then complete a Master’s in Teaching program. See an education programs advisor for more details.

Children's Programs

Pierce College offers a variety of programs for children from full day and part day early learning programs for toddlers and preschoolers to our Science Dome, Computer Clubhouse, and sports camps.

Learn more by visiting the Children's Programs page.

Apply to Pierce College

Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION

There are strong pathways from Pierce College into university teacher preparation programs in special education to teach preschool through twelfth grade. Special education endorsements must now be combined with a content area endorsement such as early childhood education, elementary education, secondary math, secondary English language arts, etc.

SECONDARY EDUCATION

Typically, students earn a bachelor’s degree in the subject they wish to teach at the secondary level and then complete a Master’s in Teaching program. See an education programs advisor for more details.

MEET YOUR ADVISOR

Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in education or a related field are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce.

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Program Contacts

Krissy Kim
Director of Education Programs
253-964-6542
Angela Merritt
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
253-912-2309
Bret Burkholder
Faculty Counselor/Advisor
253-840-8432