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

Description

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer with a focus in secondary education is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year university and to become a middle or high school teacher or to pursue a career in education. The degree includes courses related to the education field and to a specific subject area that a student will want to teach. Students should work closely with an education advisor and potential transfer universities to select appropriate courses for an efficient transfer process.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.

Health

  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.

Mathematics

  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Entrance Requirements

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

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Health:
Choose 3 credits 13
Recommend: HHP 295
Mathematics:
Choose one course4
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Writing:
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
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
Recommend: ED 112 or ENG 221 and/or Endorsement focus area if applicable
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes 212-16
Recommend: ED 216 and ED 219 and two Social Science courses in area of Endorsement if possible
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science 212-20
Electives
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
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

In Oregon, students are eligible to apply for a preliminary teaching license after completing an approved teacher preparation program, passing the Oregon Educator Licensure Assessments, and completing student teaching. Students interested in teaching high school subject areas need to be experts in the content area they intend to teach and will be required to pass subject matter exams. Passing exams allows for the necessary endorsement (the subjects which a teacher is approved to teach). A student will typically complete a bachelor's degree in the subject area they intend to teach to build foundational knowledge followed by or in conjunction with an approved teacher education program.

Students should check with each school to ensure that the latest transfer information is used when designing their program.

Students should consult with an education advisor as early as possible to discuss program options and to determine which courses fulfill transfer requirements to different institutions and different levels of licensure.

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 who plan to major in the subject area they intend to teach should refer to the catalog page that aligns with that subject area (i.e., math, biology, literature, history, etc.).

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.

Resources:

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 (recommend ED 110 as a compliment to ED 200)1
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Mathematics:4
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits15-16
Second Term
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ED 219)3
Elective3
Elective3
Oral Communication:3-4
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
4
 Credits16-17
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Lab Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend ED 216)3
Elective3
Health (recommend HHP 295)3
 Credits15-18
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters (recommend ED 112 or ENG 221)3
Discipline Studies Lab Science3-5
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 Credits15-17
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Lab Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Elective (recommend ED 210)3
Elective3
 Credits15-19
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 Credits15-17
 Total Credits91-104

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