Clatsop 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 Clatsop 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 Clatsop

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 Clatsop 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 Clatsop

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

  2. Complete year 1 coursework.

  3. Meet with a Clatsop Education Advisor (Amy Magnussen or Celeste Petersen) to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.

    Amy Magnussen | 503-338-2311
    Schedule an Appointment with Amy

    Celeste Petersen | 503-338-2312
    Schedule an Appointment with Celeste Petersen

  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 Clatsop

  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 Clatsop’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
WR121: English Composition 4
  • Choose one:
    • WR122: Advanced Composition
    • WR227: Technical Writing
MTH211: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 4
Oral Communication
COM111: 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
ENG221: Introduction to Children’s Literature 4
  • Choose one:
    • ENG104: Introduction to Literature – Fiction
    • ENG106: Introduction to Literature – Poetry
  • Choose one:
    • ART115: Basic Design I
    • ART131: Introduction to Drawing I
    • Any AAOT-approved Arts and Letters course
Social Sciences
  • Choose one:
    • PSY215: Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    • PSY201: General Psychology
    • Any AAOT-approved PSY class
  • Choose two:
    • HST201: History of the United States
    • HST202: History of the United States
    • HST203: History of the United States
  • Choose one:
    • PS201: American Government
    • PS203: State and Local Government
Sciences / Math / Computer Science
MTH212: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II 4
BI103: General Biology – Emphasis on Behavior 4
GS106: Physical Science – Geology 4
  • Choose one:
    • GS104: Physical Science – Physics
    • GS105: Physical Science – Chemistry
    • GS108: Physical Science – Oceanography
    • GS109: Physical Science – Meteorology
Additional Courses
MTH213: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III 4
MTH243: Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
ANT103: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3

See CCC advisor for additional courses to be taken at either CCC or another community college that will align with the following WOU courses:

Foundations of Education or Intro to Education

Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Communities

Typical/Atypical Development

Children’s Learning and Development

Multicultural Education

Health and Safety Practices for Children

Introduction to Linguistics

You must complete a total of 90 quarter credits to earn the AAOT

View course descriptions in the Clatsop 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 224: Creative Arts in Early Childhood Settings 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 41

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.


Clatsop Community College

Amy Magnussen

Guidance Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services
Office: Towler, room 312
Phone: 503-338-2311

Clatsop Community College

Celeste Petersen

Mathematics Instructor
Office: Towler 212C
Phone: 503-338-2312