Clackamas Community College A.A.O.T. to Western Oregon University B.S. in Education

Concentration: Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher Preparation

Prepares you to teach all subjects in elementary schools.

A streamlined and affordable way to become a teacher

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

Degree Timeline

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.

Year 1 through CCC

  1. If you’re not a student at Clackamas Community College already, apply for admission.

  2. Complete year 1 coursework.

  3. Meet with a CCC Education Advisor (Jodi Stapleton) to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.

    Jodi Stapleton | 503-594-3857

    Schedule an advising appointment with Jodi

  4. 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.

Year 2 through CCC

  1. Complete year 2 coursework.

  2. Apply for admission to WOU in fall term.

  3. Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) in October

  4. Complete Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) scholarship application in December.

  5. Complete WOU general scholarship application in February.

  6. Complete the Bilingual Teacher Scholars and/or Diverse Teacher Scholars scholarship applications (if eligible) in February.

  7. Complete first 30 hours of classroom observation

Year 3 through WOU

  1. Complete year 3 coursework.

  2. Complete second 30 hours of classroom observation.

  3. Apply to licensure program before the first Friday in April.

Year 4 through WOU

  1. Complete year 4 coursework.

  2. Complete student teaching.

  3. Apply for Oregon Teaching License.

  4. Interview for jobs.

Course Lists

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.

Course Credits
WR-121: English Composition, Academic Essay 4
  • Choose one:
    • WR-122: English Composition, Argumentation and Persuasion*
    • WR-227: Technical Report Writing
MTH-211: Fundamentals of Elementary Math I 4
Oral Communication
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
  • Choose one:
    • ENG-104: Introduction to Literature: Fiction*
    • ENG-105: Introduction to Literature: Drama*
    • ENG-106: Introduction to Literature: Poetry*
  • Choose one:
    • ART-115: Basic Design: 2-Dimensional Design*
    • ART-131: Introduction to Drawing*
    • Any AAOT approved arts and letters course
Any AAOT-approved arts and letters course 3-4
Social Sciences
  • Choose one:
    • PSY-200: Psychology as a Natural Science*
    • PSY-205: Psychology as a Social Science*
    • PSY-215: Introducation to Developmental Psychology*
    • Any AAOT approved PSY course
  • Choose one:
    • HST-201: History of the United States, 18th century
    • HST-202: History of the United States, 19th century
    • HST-203: History of the United States, 20th century
  • Choose one:
    • PS-201: American Government and Politics*
    • PS-203: State and Local Governments
  • Choose one:
    • ANT-103: Cultural Anthropology*
    • GEO-110: Cultural & Human Geography*
    • GEO-100: Introduction to Physical Geography
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
  • Choose one*:
    • G-102: General Geology, Earth’s Systems
    • G-103: General Science, Geological Development
    • GS-105: Earth System Science
    • GS-106: Earth System Science
    • CH-104: Introductory Chemistry
Additional Courses
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
  • Choose one:
    • ED-216: Foundations of Teaching and Education*
    • ECE-150: Introduction to Early Childhood Education & Family Studies
    • ED-100: Introduction to Education
  • Choose one (additional):
    • HST-201: History of the United States, 18th century
    • HST-202: History of the United States, 19th century
    • HST-203: History of the United States, 20th century
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.


Course Credits
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
  • Choose one:
    • LING 214: Linguistics and Education
    • LING 209: Introduction to Language Study
ED 374: Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom 3
  • Choose one:
    • HE 351: School Health Programs Elementary
    • ED 232: Health & Safety Practices for the Early Childhood Environment (birth-4th grade)
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
Total 45

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.

Course Credits
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
Total 40

Contact Us

Western Oregon University

Brenda Plata-Hurtado

Bilingual Pre-Education Advisor who works with elementary transfer students.


Clackamas Community College

Jodi Stapleton

Academic & Career Coach
Office: Barlow Hall, room 251
Phone: 503-594-3857