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's 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 the Southwestern Oregon Community College campus.  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 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed 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 Algebra4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals (or placement in a higher writing course)3-4
or WR90R Academic Literacy
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
Elective 2
Science Course 5 4
HDFS247 Preschool Child Development 3
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
US or World History 3
Elective or Social Science 3
Literature course (ENG) 3
HDFS229 Development in Middle Childhood 3
HE250 Personal Health 3
WR123 English Composition 3
Science Course 6 4
Literature course (ENG) 3
Second Year
ED169 Overview of Student Special Needs 2 3
ED200 Introduction to Education 2 3
MTH211 Fundamentals of Elementary 3 4
Elective 3
Music or Art History/Appreciation course 3
ED135 Teaching Math to Young Children 2 3
ED202 Art Education for Elementary Ed 2 3
ED280 CWE: Education & Tutoring (Preschool Environment ) 4 1
MTH212 Fundamentals of Elementary 3 4
Science Course 7 4
ED134 Children Who are Dual Lang Learners 2 2
ED201 Music Education for Elementary Ed 2 3
ED258 Multicultural Education 2 3
ED280 CWE: Education & Tutoring (Elementary K-3 environment) 4 1
MTH213 Fundamentals of Elementary 3 4
 Total Credits90

GEOG105 Cultural Geography is offered every other fall starting Fall 2018.


These classes are only offered once per year in the term in which they appear.


MTH 211, MTH212, MTH213 sequence is offered every other year starting Fall 2017. Prerequisite is MTH95 Intermediate Algebra.


ED280 CWE: Education & Tutoring: 1 credit must be completed in a Preschool Environment (Ages 21/2 -5) and 1 credit must be completed in Elementary School (Grade K-3). Internships have specific requirements; please call 541-888-7405 to make an appointment with an advisor to schedule site.


First year fall term students must take a science course with a minimum of 4 credits.  Select from one of the following courses: CHEM221, G201, GS 104, GS105, GS106, GS107, GS108, PH201, PH211.


First year spring term students must take a science course with a minimum of 4 credits.  Select from one of the following courses BI103, BI203, BI243, CHEM 223, G203, GS104, GS105, GS106, GS107, GS108, PH 203/213.


Second year winter term students must take a science course with a minimum of 4 credits.  Select from one of the following courses: BI102, BI202, BI243

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program (AS Elementary Education - AS EE), 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.