Southwestern and Southern Oregon University (SOU) have partnered to create a seamless pathway for earning an elementary teaching license on the South Coast!  Southwestern's Associate of Science (AS) in Elementary Education prepares students to directly transfer into SOU's Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education. This associate's degree alone establishes a strong foundation in early education, and will also benefit students that are interested in pursuing a career as instructional assistants in elementary school settings.

The AS in Elementary Education includes foundational courses, professional education courses, specific general education courses, as well as field experiences to prepare graduates to enter most elementary education degree programs. This degree  meets all of the requirements of an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree and is articulated with SOU’s Bachelor of Science (BS) in Elementary Education program. Students choosing to transfer to SOU's program will have junior standing.

Students that transfer to SOU for the BS in Elementary Education have the option of completing the program through Southwestern Oregon Community College campus University Center.  The SOU program includes face-to-face and online courses.  Half of the face-to-face courses will be held on the South Coast and half will require travel to Medford one Saturday per month.  For further information about SOU's BS program, visit the University Center or contact SOU Department of Education.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded.

Courses that are developmental in nature, (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses), are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

MTH95Intermediate Algebra (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GEOG105 Cultural Geography 1 3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
or Small Group Discussion
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
Required Program Course - Science 2 4
Elective 2
HDFS247 Preschool Child Development 3
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
Required Program Course - Literature 3 3
Required Program Course - History 4 3
Elective or Social Science 3
HDFS229 Development in Middle Childhood 3
HE250 Personal Health 3
WR123 English Composition 3
Required Program Course - Science 2 4
Required Program Course - Literature 3 3
Second Year
ED169 Overview of Student Special Needs 5 3
ED200 Introduction to Education 5 3
ED135 Teaching Math to Young Children 3
MTH211 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I 6 4
Required Program Course - Art & Music 7 3
ED202 Art Education for Elementary Ed 5 3
ED280P Internship Preschool Placement 8 1-12
MTH212 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II 6 4
Required Program Course - Science 2 4
ED134 Children Who are Dual Lang Learners 5 2
ED201 Music Education for Elementary Ed 5 3
ED258 Multicultural Education 5 3
Internship, Primary Grades K - 2 8
or Internship, Inter med. Grades 3-8
MTH213 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III 6 4
 Total Credits87-109

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will:

  • Develop professional knowledge of theory and pedagogy appropriate for pre-kindergarten, elementary, and middle-level school settings.
  • Reflect on the scope and role of public education in American life.
  • Describe and apply child development principles in planning lessons for children from pre-Kindergarten through early adolescence.
  • Build background knowledge in content disciplines for teaching in pre-Kindergarten through middle-level grade settings.
  • Gain experience in pre-Kindergarten through middle-level education settings via practicum and course assignments.
  • Demonstrate the completion of foundational student learning outcomes required for the AAOT degree.