Portland 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 Portland 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.

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 Portland 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 PCC

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

  2. Complete year 1 coursework.

  3. Meet with a PCC Education Advisor (Tanya Mead) to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.

    Tanya Mead

    tmead@pcc.edu   |  503-349-9991

    Please email Tanya to schedule an appointment.

  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 PCC

  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 PCC’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, HEC, and ECE 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
WR 121: College Composition 4
  • Choose one:
    • WR 122: Intermediate College Composition
    • WR 227: Technical and Professional Writing 1
MTH 211: Foundations of Elementary Math I 4
Oral Communication
COMM 111: Public Speaking or any AAOT-approved oral communication 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
  • Choose one:
    • ENG 104: Introduction to Literature (Fiction)
    • ENG 105: Introduction to Literature (Plays)
    • ENG 106: Introduction to Literature (Poetry)
  • Choose one:
    • ART 115: Basic Design – 2D Foundations
    • ART 131A: Drawing I
    • Any AAOT approved arts and letters course
Any AAOT-approved arts and letters course 4
Social Sciences
PSY 215: Human Development or any AAOT approved PSY course 4
  • Choose one:
    • HST 201: History of the United States to 1840
    • HST 202: History of the United States 1840-1914
    • HST 203: History of the United States 1914 to Present
GEO 106: World Regional Geography 4
  • Choose one:
    • PS 201: U.S. Government
    • PS 202: U.S. Public Policy & Democracy
    • PS 203: State and Local Government
Sciences / Math / Computer Science
MTH 212: Foundations of Elementary Math II 4
BI 101: Biology I 4
GS 106: Physical Science (Geology) 4
  • Choose one:
    • GS 107: Physical Science (Astronomy)
    • GS 108: Physical Science (Oceanography)
    • GS 109: Physical Science (Meteorology)
Additional Courses
MTH 213: Foundations of Elementary Math III 4
ED 112: Introduction to Children’s Literature 3
  • Choose one additional History course:
    • HST 201: History of the United States to 1840
    • HST 202: History of the United States 1840-1914
    • HST 203: History of the United States 1914 to Present
ED 258: Multicultural Education 3
  • Choose one:
    • ECE 234: Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education
    • ED 251: Overview of Exceptional Learners
    • ED 269: Introduction to Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Choose one:
    • ED 131: Applied Learning Theory
    • HEC 226: Child Development
3 or 4
  • Choose one:
    • ECE 262: Health, Safety and Nutrition for the Young Child
    • HE 262: Children’s Health
3 or 4
  • Choose one:
    • ED 224: Foundations of Education
    • ECE 120: Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies
MTH 243: Statistics I 5
You must complete a total of 90 quarter credits to earn the AAOT

View course descriptions in the PCC 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 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
  • Choose one:
    • LING 214: Linguistics and Education
    • LING 209: Introduction to Language Study
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 48

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.

Email: platahurtadob@wou.edu

Portland Community College

Tanya Mead

Education Faculty Chair
Office: Cascade Campus Terrell Hall, Room 227
Email: tmead@pcc.edu
Phone: 503-349-9991

Please email me to schedule an appointment.