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Oregon Coast Community College to Western Oregon University B.S. in Education

k-12 & Secondary Concentration Options:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Integrated Science
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Social Science
  • Spanish
  • Theatre

A streamlined and affordable way to become a teacher

Western Oregon University (WOU) and Oregon Coast Community College have worked together to develop a smooth pathway to earning a B.S. in Education and becoming a teacher. All of our secondary and K-12 teacher education pathways allow you to earn your degree and become a licensed teacher in as little as four years. Join the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) to enjoy the flexibility of being able to take courses through both OCCC and WOU as early as your Freshman year.

Transfer to WOU to earn your degree and teaching license

Start teaching and making a difference for Oregon students

Degree Timeline

Because each type of teacher preparation has different course requirements, we recommend scheduling an advising appointment with a WOU advisor your first term at OCCC to determine the most essential courses to complete your Freshman year, and determine the ideal time for transferring and/or joining the Degree Partnership Program.  

Year 1 through OCCC

  1. (

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

  2. Decide what subject you want to teach and complete year 1 coursework.  Each specific type of teacher preparation will have unique course requirements, however, here are some OCCC courses that all future teachers will need: WR121, WR122, HE295, ED224, ED251, COMM111.

  3. Meet with an OCCC Education Advisor (Theresa Harper) to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.

    Theresa Harper

    theresa.harper@oregoncoast.edu  |  541-867-8514

  4. Meet with our WOU pre-education advisor as soon as possible, (recommended no later than your first term). The classes needed to complete your secondary or K-12 teacher preparation are highly dependent on your concentration, so please start the planning process as soon as possible.

Year 2 through OCCC/WOU

  1. Complete your general education courses and lower division content courses, emphasizing the specific subject you intend to teach (some students will need to begin WOU courses this year to be on track to graduate in four years).

  2. Apply for admission to WOU in fall term.

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

  7. Complete first 30 hours of classroom observation

  8. Complete your Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree or Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) either before or soon after transferring to WOU.

Year 3 through WOU

  1. Complete your upper division pre-licensure courses, including Education courses and specific content courses in the subject you intend to teach.

  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 your upper division Education courses, including classroom management, technology, meeting the needs of diverse learners, assessment, planning, and instruction, content specific pedagogy (teaching methods) courses.

  2. Complete student teaching.

  3. Apply for Oregon Teaching License.

  4. Interview for jobs.

Contact Us

Western Oregon University

Brenda Plata-Hurtado

Pre-Education Advisor for transfer students and bilingual students

Office: RWEC 165

Email: platahurtadob@wou.edu

Oregon Coast Community College

Theresa Harper

Education Faculty
Email:  theresa.harper@oregoncoast.edu
Phone: 541-867-8514