Elementary Education - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


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.

This program is part of a statewide Major Transfer Map (MTM) agreement that identifies the community college courses needed to transfer to any Oregon public universtiy as a junior seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. 

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
Choose 3 credits (recommend HHP 295) 13
MTH 211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
MTH 212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH 213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
Oral Communication
COMM 111ZPublic Speaking4
WR 121ZComposition I4
WR 122ZComposition II4
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 2
ART 101Introduction to the Visual Arts3-4
or ART 131 Beginning Drawing
ENG 104ZIntroduction to Fiction4
or ENG 106Z Introduction to Poetry
Select a Third Arts & Letters Course (recommend ED 112)3-4
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 201ZIntroduction to Psychology I4
or PSY 202Z Introduction to Psychology II
Science/Math/Computer Science
BI 101General Biology: Cells & Genes4
or BI 102 General Biology: Evolution
or BI 103 General Biology: Ecology
GS 106Physical Science: Geology4
or GS 104 Physical Science: Physics
or GS 105 Physical Science: Chemistry
or GS 107 Physical Science: Astronomy
Third Lab Science 34-5
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 269Overview of Special Education3
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. 47
Total Credits90-93

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated. 


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


Recommend choosing any of the science courses listed above.


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 101
General Biology: Cells & Genes
or General Biology: Evolution
or General Biology: Ecology
ED 200Introduction to Education3
GS 106
Physical Science: Geology
or Physical Science: Physics
or Physical Science: Chemistry
or Physical Science: Astronomy
WR 121ZComposition I4
Second Term
COMM 111ZPublic Speaking4
ED 101
Introduction to Education Practicum and Seminar
or Practicum in Teaching
ED 216Foundations of Education3
WR 122ZComposition II4
Third Term
ED 219Multicultural Issues in Education Settings3
Health (recommend HHP 295)3
Third Lab Science Course4-5
Third Arts & Letters Course (recommend ED 112)3-4
Fourth Term
ART 101
Introduction to the Visual Arts
or Beginning Drawing
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)
MTH 211Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I4
PSY 201Z
Introduction to Psychology I
or Introduction to Psychology II
Fifth Term
ED 269Overview of Special Education3
ENG 104Z
Introduction to Fiction
or Introduction to Poetry
GEOG 107
Human Geography: The Cultural Landscape
or World Regional Geography I
or Cultural Anthropology
MTH 212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
Sixth Term
ED 253Learning Across the Lifespan3
MTH 213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
PS 201Introduction to US Government and Politics4
 Total Credits90-93

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