Chemeketa 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 Chemeketa 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 Chemeketa

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 Chemeketa 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 Chemeketa

  1. If you’re not a Chemeketa student already, apply for admission.

  2. Complete year 1 coursework.

  3. Meet with a Chemeketa Education Advisor (Cathy Martell-Straight or Juan Carlos Deloya) to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.

    Cathy Martell-Straight | 503-365-4737

    Schedule an advising appointment with Cathy

    Juan Carlos Deloya | 503-399-6557

    Schedule an advising appointment with Juan

  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 Chemeketa

  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 Chemeketa’s current course catalog. Each student’s situation is unique, so individual advising is encouraged. If you are using a previous Year’s course catalog, please contact an advisor.

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
WR121: Academic Composition 4
  • Choose one:
    • WR122: Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition*
    • WR227: Technical Writing
MTH211: Elementary Mathematics 1 4
Oral Communication
COMM111: Fundamentals of Public Speaking* or any AAOT-approved oral communication course 4
Health / Wellness / Fitness
HPE295: Health and Fitness for Life or any AAOT approved PE or HE/HPE class 3
Arts and Letters
LING210: Introduction to Linguistics 4
ED230: Children’s Literature in the Diverse Classroom 3
  • Choose one:
    • ENG104: Introduction to Fiction*
    • ENG105: Introduction to Dramatic Literature*
    • ENG106: Introduction to Poetry*
    • ENG250: Introduction to Mythology and Folklore
Social Sciences
  • Choose one:
    • PSY218: Educational Psychology*
    • PSY201: Introduction to Psychology: Mind and Body*
    • Any AAOT-approved PSY class
  • Choose one:
    • HST201: United States: to 1840
    • HST202: United States: 1840 to 1900
    • HST203: United States: 1900 to Present
  • Choose one:
    • GEG105: Physical Geography
    • GEG106: Cultural Geography*
  • Choose one:
    • PS201: American Government*
    • PS203: State and Local Government
Sciences / Math / Computer Science
MTH212: Elementary Mathematics 2 4
BI101: General Biology: Ecology and Diversity 4
GS106: General Science: Earth Science 4
  • Choose one:
    • GS104: General Science: Physics
    • GS105: General Science: Chemistry
    • GS108: General Science: Oceanography
    • GS141: General Science: Earth Systems Science
Additional Courses
MTH213: Elementary Mathematics 3 4
  • Choose one additional course in:
    • HST201: United States: to 1840
    • HST202: United States: 1840 to 1900
    • HST203: United States: 1900 to Present
  • Choose one:
    • ED216: Foundations of Education*
    • ECE150: Introduction and Observation
ED265: Inclusion: Special Needs Students 3
  • Choose one:
    • ED229: Learning and Development*
    • HDF229: Middle Childhood Development
ED258: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 3
HDF247: Preschool Child Development 3
  • Choose one:
    • ECE152: Creative Activities
    • ECE153: Music and Movement for Young Children
ECE155: Child Nutrition, Health, and Safety 3
MTH243: Probability and Statistics 1 4
You must complete a total of 90 quarter credits to earn the AAOT

* Students pursuing the AAOT for Elementary Teachers should choose courses with an * when given the “choose one” option, and should also complete ED240 (practicum course) and ART 115 or 131.  These are optional for your degree at WOU.

View course descriptions in the Chemeketa 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 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
EXS 433: Physical Education in the Elementary School 4
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 38

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.


Chemeketa Community College

Cathy Martell

Advising Specialist
Office: Building 2
Phone: 503-399-5120

Chemeketa Community College

Juan Carlos Deloya

Advising Specialist
Office: Building 2
Phone: 503-399-6557