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Umpqua 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 Umpqua 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 UCC and WOU as early as your Freshman year.

Start your degree through classes at UCC

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 UCC 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 UCC

  1. If you’re not a UCC student 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 UCC courses that all future teachers will need: WR121, WR122, HPE295, ED216, SP111.

  3. Meet with an Umpqua Community College Education Advisor to develop an education plan and steps for transferring.

    Jessica Richardson

    Jessica.Richardson@umpqua.edu | 541-440-4677

    Please email or call me to schedule an appointment.

    Gwen Soderberg-Chase

    gwen.soderberg-chase@umpqua.edu | 541-440-7848

    Please email or call me to schedule an appointment.

  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 UCC/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

Darlene Fritz

Pre-Education Advisor for Undergraduate Transfer Students

Office: RWEC 165

Email: fritzd@wou.edu

Umpqua Community College

Jessica Richardson

Recruitment and Advising Coordinator
Office:Laverne Murphy Student Center
Email: Jessica.Richardson@umpqua.edu
Phone:541-440-4677

Please email or call me to schedule an appointment.

Umpqua Community College

Gwen Soderberg-Chase

Associate Professor – Education (adjunct)
Office:TEAM Hub between CWT and WCH
Email: gwen.soderberg-chase@umpqua.edu
Phone:541-440-7848

Please email or call me to schedule an appointment.