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Tillamook Bay 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 Tillamook Bay 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 Tillamook Bay 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 TBCC

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

  2. Complete year 1 coursework.

  3. Meet with a TBCC Teacher Education Advisor to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.

    Kellie McKeehan

    kelliemckeehan@tillamookbaycc.edu | 503-842-8222 x1155

    Please email me the best days and times for you to meet so we can set up an appointment in person or via Zoom.

  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 TBCC

  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 TBCC’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. All ED prefix courses and ENG 216 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
Writing
WR 121: English Composition I 4
  • Choose one:
    • WR 122: English Composition II
    • WR 227: Professional and Technical Writing
4
Math
MTH 211: Fundamentals 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 Fiction
    • ENG 105: Introduction to Drama
    • ENG 106: Introduction to Poetry
    • ENG 250: Introduction to Mythology
4
LING 214: Introduction to Linguistics 4
ENG 216: Introduction to Children’s Literature 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 from 1840 to 1914
    • HST 203: History of the United States from 1914
4
GEO 106: World Regional Geography 4
PS 201: US Government: Foundations and Principles 4
Sciences / Math / Computer Science
MTH 212: Fundamentals of Elementary Math II 4
BI 101: Biology 4
GS 106: Physical Science (Geology) 4
GS 108: Physical Science (Oceanography) 4
Additional Courses
MTH 213: Fundamentals of Elementary Math III 4
MTH 243: Statistics I 4
ED 131: Applied Learning Theory I & II 3
ED 251: Overview of Exceptional Learners 3
ED 224: Foundations of Education 3
ED 258: Multicultural Education Principles 4
  • Choose one:
    • HST 201: History of the United States to 1840
    • HST 202: History of the United States from 1840 to 1914
    • HST 203: History of the United States from 1914
4
Total
You must complete a total of 90 quarter credits to earn the AAOT
88

View course descriptions in the TBCC 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
ED 374: Teaching Writing in the Elementary Classroom 3
EXS 433: Physical Education in the Elementary School 4
  • Choose one:
    • HE 351: School Health Programs Elementary
    • ED 232: Health & Safety Practices for the Early Childhood Environment (birth-4th grade)
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

Pre-Education Advisor for transfer students and bilingual students

Office: RWEC 165

Email: platahurtadob@wou.edu

Tillamook Bay Community College

Kellie McKeehan

Student Services Engagement Facilitator/Career Education Advisor
Office: Room 106A
Email: kelliemckeehan@tillamookbaycc.edu
Phone: 503-842-8222 x1155

Please email me the best days and times for you to meet so we can set up an appointment in person or via Zoom.