Professional Technical Education & Instructional Design

Program Overview

Leverage Your Expertise to Become a Workforce Educator 

As a seasoned professional in your field, you have the knowledge and experience professional and technical students need to succeed. Now – by immediately applying and completing this bachelor's program – you will have complementary knowledge and experience to be the teacher your students need to succeed.

  • PTEID is offered fully-online, with students enrolled from WA, CA, OR, and AK!
  • There is no out-of-state tuition for this program.
  • Washington state employees may be able to use waivers for half of their credits.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Professional Technical Education & Instructional Design program prepares students who have completed a two-year technical degree or approved associate degree and have a minimum of two years related work experience for technical teaching positions at Community and Technical Colleges, or as corporate trainers. The program focuses on the complexities of the adult learner, course development & design, assessment, and issues of equity.

This 90-credit degree program offers you a pathway to becoming a skilled Technical Education Teacher. The program emphasizes focused coursework on the complexities of the adult learner, course development and design, instructional methods in workforce education, and issues of equity. You will learn how to shift your focus from teaching purely for content mastery to student-centered learning and leadership.

Degrees & Certificates


  1. Create an affordable educational pathway for individuals currently working in industry or at community and technical colleges to complete a bachelor degree program without having to leave the state or resign from a job.
  2. Provide an avenue for individuals currently working in industry or at community and technical colleges to gain skills that will allow them to become more effective teachers.
  3. Offer the opportunity for people working within community and technical colleges to broaden and advance their skills.
  4. Prepare employees who can fill the critical unmet demand for professional technical teachers in various areas of heavy duty industry; including Diesel Maintenance, Aviation Maintenance, Welding, and Automotive Technology.
  5. Develop a well-regarded bachelor degree program that will create a conduit for graduates who wish to enter a master’s degree program.
  6. Contribute to the attainment of the state’s higher education and regional economic development goals in a high-growth industry by creating a better career ladder for individuals that are currently working as an educator with the likelihood of earning higher lifelong wages.

Adult Learning Certificate

This fully-online short-term program is designed to give professional and technical instructors the opportunity to develop and hone teaching skills with adult learners. Outcomes of the course include how to manage learning environments, implement appropriate instructional methodology, development and design, and understand techniques to support and assess adult learning. With a total of 11 credits, the certificate can completed in just three months!

Certificate Outcomes:

  1. Manage learning environments
  2. Implement appropriate instructional methodology, development, and design
  3. Support and assess adult learning

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.