Why Choose To Become an Educator?
Becoming an educator puts you on a lifelong path of impacting the future of hundreds of children.
UCC is ready to give you a strong foundation for your goal of teaching at the elementary, middle school, or high school level.
The Education program at UCC provides lower division coursework for students preparing for a career in kindergarten through Grade 12 education. Students can complete their first two years of course work here at UCC and then transfer to another institution as a Junior. Once students transfer, they will be able to work toward their final degree and teaching licensure.
Transfer Guide (UCC DEGREE OPTIONS FOR FUTURE K-12 EDUCATORS)
AAOT – ELEMENTARY EDUCATION: Beginning in the fall of 2021, UCC will be offering an AAOT – Elementary Education degree. All public universities in Oregon honor this degree to transfer directly into their elementary teachers’ licensure program. Many private universities also honor this degree. Advising is still necessary to make sure you are taking the correct courses to meet university requirements.
Advising Guide for AAOT – Elementary Education (Coming Soon)
Students wanting to teach middle or high school are advised to decide what subject matter they plan to teach and to take classes as if that subject were their major as part of earning an AAOT. Students should work closely with UCC advisors and representatives of the intended transfer institution to ensure that the coursework taken will apply to the teaching license you are seeking. Recommended Education courses to take as electives include:
- ED 100 – Introduction to Education (includes a 60 practicum in local schools)
- ED 200 – Foundations of Education
- ED 258 – Multicultural Education
TRANSFERRING TO UNIVERSITY LICENSURE PROGRAMS
UCC partners with many universities across the state to make sure you are taking the right courses to transfer smoothly to their licensure program. Advising is key to student success on this pathway as there are ongoing updates happening in this field related to courses recommended and required at partner institutions. Education faculty at UCC works closely with students to ensure they have the latest information about course offerings, field placement, and work opportunities in the Umpqua Valley as well as current information about the transfer process.
TEACH UMPQUA VALLEY
The school districts of Douglas County are also partners of support If you are considering becoming a teacher, many high schools offer ED 100 as a dual credit option as well as practicum experiences. More information about local education opportunities can be found at Teach Umpqua Valley.
OREGON TEACHING LICENSURE PROCESS
If you are considering becoming a teacher, it is important to understand the licensure process. Picking the right licensure pathway is the first step.
The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission provides information that outlines clear pathways to licensure with options for both high school graduates and college graduates.
View teaching licensure process information at:
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Fill out our response form. This will alert us that you are interested in the Education program.
If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.
Certificates & Degrees at UCC
- Early Childhood Education: Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Early Childhood Education: One-Year Certificate
- Early Childhood Development: Associate of Science Degree
High School Students
Get a head start by becoming a dual credit student. Dual credit students attend UCC and high school at the same time! You can complete high school requirements, work on college prerequisites and earn credits towards a degree or certificate all at the same time.
First-Generation College Students
Will you be the first in your family to go to college? Take advantage of the Transfer Opportunity Program (TOP). It's FREE. The TOP program provides the extra help you will need to be successful at UCC so you can transfer smoothly to university studies.
Residents of WA, ID, NV, and CA
If you are from Washington, Idaho, Nevada, or California, you pay Oregon resident tuition rates. That's a big discount! You might also be interested in what life is like around UCC. Find out.
Money for College
Get access to millions of dollars that are available to students - not just loans. There are scholarships, grants and work-study opportunities too! Every student can use money for college. It can help you to be more successful. Plus, it can lower your debt load when you finish college. Some students actually leave college debt-free! Here are some important sources of money for college. Don't let these opportunities for financial aid pass you by. Act now! Decide. Commit. Succeed.
- Pell Grants part of FAFSA (for undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need.)
- Federal Work-Study part of FAFSA (Work on Campus. Get experience in the workforce.)
- Scholarships, OSAC, FAFSA, and more (Sources of money for college.)
- UCC Scholars (Tuition waiver for high school seniors with high GPAs.)
At UCC, you can earn a TWO-YEAR TRANSFER DEGREE for less than you'll pay for one year at a state university. Plus, UCC offers:
• Seamless, direct transfer degrees
• Expert faculty dedicated to teaching
• Personal attention and small class sizes
• In-person, online, and hybrid classes
Prospective students should contact an Enrollment Advisor to get started and then see a program advisor (below) to develop a more focused educational plan.
Education Program Point of Contact
Phone: (541) 440-7848