Education - Elementary - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree with a focus in elementary education is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year university and to become an elementary teacher or to pursue a career in education. Recommended courses explore topics related to student learning, teaching strategies, and requirements to become a professional educator. Courses are engaging and offer students many hands-on learning opportunities. Instructors work closely with students and seek to connect them early on with transfer partners to ensure an efficient pathway to potential licensure.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Recommend: HHP 295
Choose one course4
Recommend: MTH 211
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Recommend: COMM 111
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
Recommend: WR 122
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes 29-12
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Recommend: BI 101 or BI 102 or BI 103, and GS 104 or GS 105 or GS 106, and MTH 212 3
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable.39
Other courses to consider: ED 103, ED 110, ED 141, ED 195, ED 200, ED 290, HD 100CS, and LIB 100 4
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

In Oregon, students may achieve an initial license to teach through a baccalaureate program or a graduate-level program. Students prepare to teach at different grade levels of authorization, depending on their background, interests, and program requirements. It is important to work closely with an advisor to ensure that the degree contains the necessary prerequisite coursework for the desired licensure program.

It is recommended that students meet early and often with an education advisor to select the courses that will transfer efficiently.

Students should plan to confirm with each school they are considering to ensure that the latest transfer information is used when designing their program.

Contact an advisor to explore options for completing a teaching licensure program. There are currently several options in Central Oregon and many throughout the state.

For more information on teacher preparation programs in Oregon, see the Oregon Teacher Standard and Practices Commission website. Students may also wish to review the College's advising guide for teacher education.

Students with experience or an interest in a second language should consider completing three terms of 200-level language courses at COCC. The 100-level language courses will count as electives. The 200-level language courses will partially fulfill the Arts and Letters requirement. If students have prior knowledge of a second language, they may consider taking a CLEP test to see if their score could translate into college credit. Ask your advisor for more information about this testing opportunity.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Elective (recommend ED 101 or ED 200)3
Elective (consider ED 110 as a complement to ED 200)1
Elective (consider HD 100CS)3
Elective (consider LIB 100)1
Discipline Studies Lab Science (recommend BI 101 or BI 102 or BI 103)4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Lab Science (recommend GS 104 or GS 105 or GS 106)4
Elective (recommend ED 219)3
Elective (consider ED 110 as a complement course to ED 219)1
Oral Communication (recommend COMM 111)4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend ED 112 or ENG 221)3
Discipline Studies Lab Science (recommend BI 101 or BI 102 or BI 103 or GS 104 or 105 or GS 106)4
Elective (consider ED 110 as a complement field placement course to ED 112)1
Elective (recommend ED 216)3
Elective (consider ED 195)1
Health (recommend HHP 295)3
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend HST 201 or HST 202 or HST 203 to prepare for licensure exam)4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PSY 201 or PSY 202)4
Elective (recommend ED 210)3
Mathematics (recommend MTH 211)4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend GEOG 107 or GEOG 201)4
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend ENG 104 or ENG 105 or ENG 106)4
Elective (recommend ED 253)3
Elective (consider ED 110 field placement course as a complement to ED 2531
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend MTH 212)4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend PS 201)4
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend ART 101 or ART 131)3
Elective (consider ED 195)1
Elective (recommend ED 269)3
Elective (recommend MTH 213)4
 Total Credits93

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