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Have you always wanted to be a teacher? Do you enjoy working in a collaborative, fast-paced environment? Are you looking for a challenging career where you can make a difference in the lives of students? If so, COCC can you give you a strong foundation for your goal of teaching at the elementary, middle school or high school level.

The Education program at COCC provides the lower division coursework for students preparing for careers in education. Public school teaching certification is given for various teaching levels: age 3 through grade 4, grades 3 through  8, grades 5 through 10, or grades 7 through 12.

Students either complete a four-year education or other subject area degree through and approved institution and then complete the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. A fifth-year program, which leads to certification, is also available at some Oregon higher education institutions including Oregon State University - Cascades.

"We prepare future teachers to meet the needs of divers learners and communities in the 21st century."
- Amy Howell, program director and associate professor of ECE/Education

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Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer (AAOT) is designed so you can easily transfer to an Oregon public university to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students should check specific requirements at the institution they plan on attending. The AAOT is especially beneficial for education studies as it allows students to keep options open before deciding on a transfer school.

AAOT offers students a wide range of courses from a variety of disciplines. For complete degree requirements, review COCC's AAOT worksheet.

Education programs at each state institution vary dramatically. Contact an Education advisor at COCC for current program information for the teacher licensing institution of your choice. You should make a decision about your transfer plans early in your studies and request a current catalog from the school to which you plan to transfer. 


In addition to general education requirements and depending on your degree, courses may include: family, school and community relationships; mat, science and technology; as well as art and music. Other classes include multicultural issues in education settings, human nutrition and introduction to sociology. For elementary education, human development, liberal studies and general science programs provide an outstanding foundation.

For more information on teacher preparation programs in Oregon, see the Oregon Teacher Standard and Practices Commission website and the Oregon Department of Education.

For more information contact:
Amy Howell, program director and associate professor of ECE/Education

Also see: Early Childhood Education

Potential Careers

Positions in both teaching and administration are available in elementary education, secondary education, special education, early childhood education, counseling, library science, speech, reading and curriculum, Preparation in teaching can also provide a strong background for pursuing other careers in private industry.

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