Concentration: Early Childhood / Elementary Teacher Preparation
Prepares you to teach all subjects in elementary schools.
Western Oregon University and Oregon Coast 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 OCCC
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 Oregon Coast 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 Oregon Coast Community College already, apply for admission.
Complete year 1 coursework.
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 OCCC’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 HE/PE courses which may be any number of credits. ENG 216 and 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: English Composition||4|
|MTH 211: Foundations of Elementary Math I||4|
|COMM 111: Public Speaking* or any AAOT approved COMM course||4|
|Health / Wellness / Fitness|
|HE 295: Health and Fitness for Life and PE 295: Health and Fitness for Life Lab or any AAOT-approved HE or PE course||3|
|Arts and Letters|
|ENG 216: Teen and Children’s Literature||4|
|LING 210: Introduction to Linguistics||4|
|PSY 215: Human Development, PSY201*, or any AAOT approved PSY course||4|
|Sciences / Math / Computer Science|
|MTH 212: Foundations of Elementary Math II||4|
|BI 103: Biology||4|
|GS 106: Physical Science (Geology)||4|
GS 108: Physical Science (Oceanography)
ESR 173: Environmental Science (Geological Perspectives)
|MTH 213: Foundations of Elementary Math III||4|
|MTH 243: Statistics I||4|
|ED 232: Health, Safety and Nutrition Practices for the Early Childhood Environment||3|
|ED124: Multicultural Practice: Exploring our Views||3|
|ED 131: Applied Learning Theory||3|
|ED 251: Overview of Exceptional Learners||3|
|GEO 106: World Regional Geography||4|
You must complete a total of 90 quarter credits to earn the AAOT
*Students who are also earning the Elementary Education AAOT should specifically choose these classes, plus add ED290 and ART115 (these two classes are not required for your degree at WOU, but will count as electives).
View course descriptions in the OCCC 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 224: Creative Arts in Early Childhood Settings (birth-4th grade)||3|
|ED 231: Typical & Atypical Development||3|
|ED 352: Elementary Social Studies Methods||3|
|ED 325: Elementary Science Methods||3|
|ARE 433: Art Education||3|
|GS 325: Learning Science Through Scientific Practices||3|
|MTH 396: Elementary Problem Solving||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 transfer students and bilingual students
Office: RWEC 165