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
- Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
- Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.
- Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.
- Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.
- Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
- 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
- Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
- 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
- Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.
- Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
- Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.
- Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
- Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
- Build and manage relationships.
Writing and Information Literacy
- Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
- Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
- Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.
While this program has no formal entrance requirements, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met prior to enrollment.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|WR 121||Academic Composition||4|
|WR 122||Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition||4|
|or WR 227|| Technical Writing|
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.
- 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.