Concentration: Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher Preparation
Prepares you to teach all subjects in elementary schools.
Western Oregon University and Clackamas Community College have worked together to develop a smooth pathway to earning a B.S. in Education: Early Childhood / Elementary Concentration and becoming a teacher. Our teacher education pathway allows you to become a licensed elementary teacher in as little as four years. With flexible courses and teaching placements throughout Oregon, you have choices about where and how you complete most requirements.
Complete the first half of your degree through classes at CCC
Choose between our campus-based pathway or our evening/weekend/online pathway to complete the last half of your degree through WOU in the format that works best for you.
Start teaching and making a difference for Oregon students
Complete your lower division courses through Clackamas Community College and then transfer to Western Oregon University to complete your upper division courses. You will have the flexibility of completing your upper division courses in the timeline and format that works best for you (full time or part time; on campus or remotely; daytime or evening). If you are a full time student, you can earn both your bachelor’s degree and your teaching license in four years.
If you’re not a student at Clackamas Community College already, apply for admission.
Complete year 1 coursework.
Meet with our WOU pre-education advisor if you started classes before 2020 or have already taken classes different from what’s listed in the course list below.
Complete year 2 coursework.
Apply for admission to WOU in fall term.
Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) in October
Complete Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) scholarship application in December.
Complete WOU general scholarship application in February.
Complete the Bilingual Teacher Scholars and/or Diverse Teacher Scholars scholarship applications (if eligible) in February.
Complete first 30 hours of classroom observation
The course lists below are based on WOU and CCC’s current course catalog, if you are using a previous year’s course catalog please contact an advisor. Each student’s situation is unique, so individual advising is encouraged.
All foundational and discipline studies courses must be a minimum of 3 credits, except for HPE courses which may be any number of credits. All ED, ECE, and HDF prefix courses must be passed with a B- or better. All other courses must be passed with a C- or better. Your cumulative GPA should be 2.75 or higher.
|WR-121: English Composition, Academic Essay||4|
|MTH-211: Fundamentals of Elementary Math I||4|
|COMM-111: Public Speaking or any AAOT-approved oral communication course||4|
|Health / Wellness / Fitness|
|HPE-295: Health & Fitness for Life or any AAOT-approved PE or HE/HPE class||3|
|Arts and Letters|
|Any AAOT-approved arts and letters course||3-4|
|Sciences / Math / Computer Science|
|MTH-212: Fundamentals of Elementary Math II*||4|
|BI-103: General Biology; Plants & the Ecosystem*||4|
|G-101: General Geology, Geologic Principles and Concepts*||4|
|MTH-213: Fundamentals of Elementary Math III*||4|
|ED-258: Multicultural Education*||3|
|ED-229: Learning & Development*||3|
|ED-169: Overview of Students With Special Needs*||3|
|ED-150: Creative Activities for Children||3|
|ECE-235: Nutrition, Music & Movement in Early Childhood Education||3|
|HDF-247: Preschool Child Development||3|
|MTH-243: Statistics I||4|
You must complete a total of 90 quarter credits to earn the AAOT
*Students pursuing the Elementary AAOT should prioritize classes marked with a * and should also take ED-280 (not required for your degree at WOU).
View course descriptions in the CCC Course Catalog.
Year 3 courses can either be completed in our traditional pathway format (face-to-face/daytime) or in our flexible pathway format (evening/weekend/online). All ED prefix courses must be completed with a B- or better. Your cumulative GPA should be 2.75 or higher.
|ED 230: Children’s Literature in Diverse Classrooms||3|
|ED 352: Elementary Social Studies Methods||3|
|ED 325: Elementary Science Methods||3|
|GS 325: Learning Science Through Scientific Practices||3|
|MTH 396: Elementary Problem Solving||3|
|ED 353: Elementary Mathematics Methods||3|
|ARE 433: Art Education||3|
|LING 314: Language Study for Elementary/Middle Teachers||4|
|ED 374: Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom||3|
|ED 373: Intro to Curriculum and Assessment||3|
|ED 464: Families & Community Involvement in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ED 481: Intro to ESOL and Bilingual Education||3|
Year 4 includes a full academic year of student teaching on site at school districts throughout Oregon, plus upper division ED courses, which can be completed in our traditional pathway format (face-to-face/daytime) or in our flexible pathway format (evening/weekend/online). All ED prefix courses must be completed with a B- or better. Your cumulative GPA should be 2.75 or higher.
|ED 404: Clinical Experience Seminar I||2|
|ED 411: Clinical Experience I||3|
|ED 405: Clinical Experience Seminar II||2|
|ED 412: Clinical Experience II||3|
|ED 418: Assessment, Planning and Instruction||3|
|ED 421: Technology Integration||3|
|ED 429: Professional Development Seminar III||2|
|ED 443: Supporting Language, Literacy and Culture||3|
|ED 444: Content Literacy||3|
|ED 446: Environments for Diverse Learners||3|
|ED 450: Methods for Classroom Management||3|
|ED 498: Clinical Experience III||10|
Pre-Education Advisor for Undergraduate Transfer Students
Office: RWEC 165
Academic & Career Coach
Office: Barlow Hall, room 251