Elementary Education - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)

Description

The Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer 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 with transfer partners to ensure an efficient pathway to potential licensure.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply critical thinking to analyze social issues necessary to support the function of public education.
  2. Describe culturally responsive pedagogy and integration of social justice into a teaching philosophy.
  3. Identify the ethics and responsibilities necessary to obtain a professional license in the teaching field and clarify career confirmation.

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
Health
HHP 295Health and Fitness3
Mathematics
MTH 211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
MTH 212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH 213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
Oral Communication
COMM 111Fundamentals of Public Speaking4
Writing
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
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 1
ART 101Introduction to the Visual Arts3-4
or ART 131 Beginning Drawing
ENG 104Introduction to Literature: Fiction4
or ENG 106 Introduction to Literature: Poetry
Select a Third Arts & Letters Course3-4
Social Science
GEOG 107Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape4
or GEOG 201 World Regional Geography I
or ANTH 103 Cultural Anthropology
HST 201Early America - History of the United States (pre-history to 1820)4
or HST 202 19th and early 20th Century United States History (1820-1920)
or HST 203 20th and Early 21st Century United States History (1920-present)
PS 201Introduction to US Government and Politics4
PSY 201Mind and Brain4
or PSY 202 Mind and Society
Science/Math/Computer Science
BI 101General Biology: Cells & Genes4
GS 106Physical Science: Geology4
Third Lab Science 24-5
Education Courses
ED 101Introduction to Education Practicum and Seminar3
or ED 210 Practicum in Teaching
ED 216Foundations of Education3
ED 219Multicultural Issues in Education Settings3
ED 253Learning Across the Lifespan3
ED 269Exceptional Children in Early Childhood Education3
Electives
ED 200Introduction to Education3
Choose any courses 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. 37
Total Credits90-93
1

Take CLEP test if fluent in a second language for potential credit to replace one or more courses.

2

Recommend choosing any of the science courses listed above.

3

Speak to an advisor about recommended electives based on the Oregon university to which you intend to transfer.

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
BI 101General Biology: Cells & Genes4
ED 101
Introduction to Education Practicum and Seminar
or Practicum in Teaching
3
ED 200Introduction to Education3
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits14
Second Term
COMM 111Fundamentals of Public Speaking4
ED 216Foundations of Education3
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
GS 106Physical Science: Geology4
 Credits15
Third Term
ED 219Multicultural Issues in Education Settings3
Elective3
HHP 295Health and Fitness3
Third Lab Science Course4-5
Third Arts & Letters Course3-4
 Credits16-18
Fourth Term
ED 253Learning Across the Lifespan3
HST 201
Early America - History of the United States (pre-history to 1820)
or 19th and early 20th Century United States History (1820-1920)
or 20th and Early 21st Century United States History (1920-present)
4
MTH 211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
PSY 201
Mind and Brain
or Mind and Society
4
 Credits15
Fifth Term
ED 269Exceptional Children in Early Childhood Education3
ENG 104
Introduction to Literature: Fiction
or Introduction to Literature: Poetry
4
GEOG 107
Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape
or World Regional Geography I
or Cultural Anthropology
4
MTH 212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
 Credits15
Sixth Term
ART 101
Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Beginning Drawing
3-4
MTH 213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
PS 201Introduction to US Government and Politics4
Elective4
 Credits15-16
 Total Credits90-93

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