Teacher Education Pathway
The Rural Teacher Education Pathway allows students from Lincoln County to complete the first two years of a Bachelor of Science in Education at Oregon Coast Community College and then transfer to Western Oregon University, with no loss of credit. Students pursuing Early Childhood/Elementary or Elementary/Middle School preparation pathways will transfer to Western Oregon University to complete the third year of study at WOU before returning to the Coast to complete their fourth year of study – including licensure and student teaching.
THE DETAILS: ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER TRANSFER PROGRAM
Teaching is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging careers you can choose. Teachers make a difference in the lives of students – to help them learn to read, solve a math problem, or discover how plants grow. Elementary and middle school instructors introduce students to language, science, mathematics, social studies, the arts, and physical education. (Students interested in high school teacher transfer pathways should speak with their OCCC and Western Oregon University advisors.)
Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to increase over the next decade to replace an aging teaching workforce. Science, math, special education, and bilingual teachers will be in great demand.
Students can earn credits towards an Associate degree, which they can then transfer to Western Oregon University. Education classes count toward the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree.