Professional Technical Education & Instructional Design

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The PTEID program is a unique bachelor degree designed to meet the needs of postsecondary, industry specific, education. To date, no other bachelor level program exists in the State of Washington that targets professional technical instructors in industries such as: Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Welding Fabrication Technology, Automotive Technology, Wine Studies, Culinary Arts and many more.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Professional Technical Education & Instructional Design Program: 

South Seattle College is accredited to offer associate and bachelor degrees by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Teach Tech BAS program is cohort-oriented and begins each fall and spring quarter. All students should be able to complete the program within 6 quarters.

All classes are fully-online to accommodate work schedules and distance issues. Students must have reliable computer access to participate on the Canvas Learning Management System.

Since courses are not offered every quarter it is imperative that each student works with the program manager to ensure a viable education plan is in place.

If you have an associate's degree or another post-secondary degree and a minimum of 2-years professional work experience, this program is for you. Current workers in the industry with some college should also contact the college to find out how they could become eligible to apply.

Students who have not been formally admitted to the program may register for a maximum of 15 PTEID credits with faculty permission. You will be considered a non-matriculated student and will remain under this status until you apply and are formally admitted to the program at the following Fall or Spring Quarter start date.

Students completing the Professional Technical Teacher Education BAS degree will be able to:

  1. Manage learning environments
  2. Develop outcomes, assessments and curricula
  3. Develop and review programs
  4. Provide student instruction
  5. Provide support and guidance to students
  6. Perform administrative functions
  7. Create and maintain a professional environment
  8. Promote the program and recruit students
  9. Learn and adapt new technologies
  10. Perform program management functions

Classes are scheduled quarterly according to the program sequence. General education requirements may vary according to your individualized plan. Your program advisor will help you design a program of study that will help you get the most benefit from each course.

All PTEID courses are offered fully online.

Admission to the PTEID degree program is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as the number of qualified applicants may exceed the number of available enrollment spaces. Preference is given to earlier applications. Please use the application form and follow the directions enclosed in the Application Portal. Please note, the admissions process is different for international students, please contact the Center for International Education at (206) 934-5360 before applying to the BAS program.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $35.00 to apply to the program. See the Applied Baccalaureate Tuition page for current rates.

Yes! Students pursuing the PTEID program will be eligible for Federal, State and institutional grant funds, such as the Pell Grant, WA State Need Grant, South Seattle College Grant, Educational Opportunity Grant, WA State Employee Tuition Waiver, and work study. To determine whether you are eligible for financial aid you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Find out more information about financial aid by visiting the financial aid web page or calling (206) 934-5317.

Yes! Please see the Foundation Office webpage.

Yes! Interested international students should contact the Center for International Education at (206) 934-5360 or visit the CIE web page.

The internship requires 500 hours of teaching experience prior to graduation. Students will be required to work with their faculty advisor to secure an internship site and complete the required paperwork. Most students who have teaching or corporate training experience document this as a portfolio and earn these credits by Prior Learning Assessment.

You may be able to earn credit for prior learning and/or work experience for some courses. Students have a number of different options to do this such as challenging a course by successful completion of a challenge exam or demonstration of certification in a relevant area. When you are admitted to the program, your program advisor will review your transcripts, discuss your work experiences with you, and explain the options available.

All students must earn a minimum of an associate's degree before they can graduate from the BAS program. If you are within 25 credits of finishing an associate's degree or another post-secondary degree you may be eligible for provisional admission. Additionally, you may need to make up some lower-division general education credits; however, most students in this situation should be able to complete their coursework within 6 quarters. Contact the BAS Programs Office for more information.

You are still eligible to apply for provisional acceptance. Contact the BAS programs office for more information.

Please contact the BAS Programs Manager:
Phone: (206) 934-6783