Concentration: Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher Preparation
Prepares you to teach all subjects in elementary schools.
Western Oregon University and Central Oregon 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 COCC
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 Central Oregon 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 Central Oregon Community College already, apply for admission.
Complete year 1 coursework.
Meet with a COCC Education Advisor to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.
firstname.lastname@example.org | 541-318-3794
Please email Angie to schedule an appointment.
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 COCC’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 HHP courses which may be any number of credits. All ED 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: Academic Composition||4|
|MTH 211: Foundations of Elementary Math I||4|
|COMM 111: Fundamentals of Public Speaking or any AAOT-approved oral communication course||4|
|Health / Wellness / Fitness|
|HHP 295: Health and Fitness||3|
|Arts and Letters|
|PS 201: Introduction to US Government and Politics||4|
|Sciences / Math / Computer Science|
|MTH 212: Foundations of Elementary Mathematics II||4|
|BI 102: General Biology: Evolution||4|
|GS 106: Physical Science: Geology||4|
|ED 269: Exceptional Children in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ED 243: Nutrition, Health and Safety for Young Children||3|
|MTH 213: Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III||4|
|MTH 243: Introduction to Probability and Statistics I||4|
|ED 173: Movement, Music and the Arts in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ED 219: Multicultural Issues in Education Settings||3|
||3 or 4|
You must complete a total of 90 quarter credits to earn the AAOT
Consider taking HD100CS, ED210, or LIB100 if needed to reach 90 credits (not required for your degree at WOU).
View course descriptions in the COCC 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 231: Typical & Atypical Development||3|
|ED 242: Applied Children’s Learning and Development||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|
|ARE 433: Art Education||3|
|ED 353: Elementary Mathematics Methods||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|
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
Assistant Professor II ED/ECE
Office: Bend Campus, Modoc Hall, Room 205
Please email Angie to schedule an appointment.