Flexible Licensure PathwaysDo you have a full time job, live out of the area, or prefer to take your classes in an online/hybrid format?
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Find the right path for you
Western Oregon University offers equitable opportunities for you to participate in place-conscious degree completion as you earn an initial teaching license. Along with teacher licensure, you can also add endorsement programs such as English for Speakers of Other Languages. It is our hope to support your goals of becoming a certified teacher who impacts PK-12 classrooms for Oregon children and their families.
The flexible licensure educator pathways are designed to support you and your community through a Grow-Your-Own model where you are able to earn a high-quality education degree from a Top-Tier Educator Preparation Program while remaining in the community where you live and thrive. Classes are offered mostly online with some remote evening and Saturday sessions. You can earn your teaching license in a place-conscious way without having to leave your community or disrupt your daily life through the Flexible Pathways.
The Flexible Pathways invites you into either full or part-time work towards degree completion. We have advisors ready and willing to connect with you to help you think through your degree plan options and what works for you in your current life circumstance.
Bilingual Pre-Education Advisor who works with elementary transfer students.
Pre-Education Advisor who works with secondary and K-12 transfer students as well as secondary freshman.
Already Have a Bachelor’s Degree?
WOU offers three flexible pathways for students interested in the teaching profession.
Non-Degree Seeking Post Baccalaureate
In our Post Bacc program, you join our undergraduate students as they head into the Professional Licensure Program which will require you to complete 40-45 credits over the course of three quarters.
M.A. In Teaching
In our M.A. in Teaching Program, you will earn your preliminary teaching license, including one single subject endorsement, in two years. This program is mostly online with the exception of two face-to-face Saturday classes each term with your cohort. Cohorts begin every Fall and Winter with applications due in late Spring for Fall and mid-Fall for Winter. The Elementary (multiple subjects) endorsement is not available in this program.
M.S. In Special Education
Our Flexible Special Education program can help you earn your Special Education license and/or endorsement in under two years. The program is offered in a cohort model and you will meet with your instructors and cohort “virtually.” All classes are online. A new cohort begins every Fall. The priority application deadline is April 1st. Completed applications received after the priority deadline may be considered until the cohort is full.
FAQ’s Answerd by Flexible Pathways Student
Maria José Solis
What made you choose the flexible licensure pathway to complete your teaching license credentials?
The reason that I chose the flexible licensure pathway to complete my teaching credential was because I was a non-traditional student and still had to work. Having weekends to focus on classes was convenient when having to work, do the required hours for student teaching, and completing all the assignments for classes.
Can you describe which aspects of the program were most helpful to you in supporting your degree completion?
One aspect of the program that was the most helpful was having classes on the weekends and having them be virtual. It was a smooth transition from having to take all virtual classes during the pandemic to being in the flexible pathway cohort and having all my classes be virtual or Hyflex. It allowed me to stay in the grind of online classes. Not having classes on the weekdays or meetings was also nice because I did not have to commute as much as I did before entering the Education Program and having all in person classes.
What about the flexible licensure pathway specifically made it possible for you to complete your degree?
The flexible licensure pathway made it possible for me to complete my degree as I could work until I needed to and was able to continue my student teaching. My cohort leader, and the professor for the flexible pathway program provided all the information needed to make sure I was on track to complete my degree.
Is there anything else you think would encourage others that it is possible if they want to earn their teaching license?
Western Oregon University takes care of their students. As a Latinx, non-traditional student, and first-generation student I have had nothing but great experiences here at WOU. I have met wonderful mentors, and professors who really care about their students and will go out of their way to make sure one is successful.
Would you like someone to contact you?
If you are interested in the field of education, but don’t want or need a teaching license, the education studies major may be the right degree program for you. This degree prepares you to specialize in a broad range of education jobs outside a traditional public school classroom, and has a lot of flexibility in the course format and schedule.