2023 - 2024 Dallas College Catalog

2023 - 2024 Catalog
Program: Culinary | Pastry | Hospitality
Title: Bakery/Pastry Specialist Certificate

(Level 1 Certificate)

El Centro campus only
  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.BAKEPAST.SPEC.20

This level-one certificate is designed to build upon the skills learned in the Culinary Arts Foundations Certificate. Students will learn basic and advanced baking/pastry skills as well as advanced bread making techniques and quantity baking practice through the execution of the El Centro Culinary, Pastry, Hospitality program student-operated restaurant. Students are required to complete an External Learning Experience through a bakery/pastry practicum and co-op in which the student must obtain employment in a bakery/pastry kitchen and work at least 21 hours per week during that semester. This level-one certificate is waived from TSI requirements as long as the student completes the TSI waiver form prior to enrollment. This certificate is a building block towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Bakery/Pastry.

All CHEF and PSTR courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

All students enrolled in advanced cooking and pastry classes must have successfully completed CHEF 1305 with a "C" or better and a minimum of a food handler's certificate preferred ServSafe Food Manager Certificate or the Texas Food Guard Certification.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CHEF 1305 Sanitation and Safety+ 3
PSTR 1301 Fundamentals of Baking# 3
CHEF 1301 Basic Food Preparation#+ 3
CHEF 2331 Advanced Food Preparation+ 3
PSTR 1206 Cake Decorating 1^ 2
PSTR 2207 Cake Decorating 2^ 2
Semester Total 16
Course Course Title Credit Hours
PSTR 2331 Advanced Pastry Shop 3
PSTR 1305 Breads and Rolls 3
RSTO 1313 Hospitality Supervision 3
PSTR 1343 Bakery Operations and Management 3
Semester Total 12
Course Course Title Credit Hours
PSTR 1264 Practicum (or Field Experience)-Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef^ 3
PSTR 1442 Quantity Bakeshop Production 4
PSTR 2330 Advanced Pastry Competition 3
Semester Total 9
Minimum Hours Required 37

+Courses in Semester I are taught in 8 and 16-week semesters. Students enrolled in a 16-week semester cannot take CHEF 1301 and CHEF 2331 in the same semester.

#PSTR 1301 and CHEF 1301 - Students must possess Texas State recognized Food Handler Certification by the 4th class day.

^PSTR 1206 and PSTR 2207 - Students must enroll in and complete PSTR 1206 before enrolling in PSTR 2207.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.