Students who plan to become teachers in grades Kindergarten through Twelfth grade (K-12) must have a license to teach in our public schools. UCC offers several courses that will transfer directly into teacher licensure programs at many universities and colleges. Please see the Education Program coordinator for advising.
There are many different educational programs available to prospective elementary and secondary teachers at Oregon universities and colleges. Some incorporate the teaching degree within a bachelor's degree program , and some within a master's degree program. Each college and university has unique requirements leading to a teaching license, so it is important to work with an advisor early on to ensure you are taking the correct courses. Many programs also require an application for admission with deadlines, references and testing requirements, so planning ahead is essential.
In secondary education , students are advised to decide what subject matter they plan to teach, and to take classes as if that subject were their major. Students should work closely with UCC advisors and representatives of the intended transfer institutions(s) to ensure that coursework taken will apply to the teaching license you are seeking.
All prospective teachers are urged to take ED 100, which is a teaching practicum. This will help you verify that teaching is a good career choice for you. It also provides you with documented hours working in schools, a requirement of all teacher education programs for admission.
In addition, you are urged to choose the bachelor's degree school program early, and then align coursework at UCC to work best with those requirements. Many education courses are offered at UCC that will transfer directly into teacher licensure programs. All education students are urged to work closely with advisors, both at UCC and the "target" school in planning classes at UCC.
To research teacher education programs in Oregon go to https://teachin.oregon.gov/en/colleges-universities/.
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Certificates & Degrees at UCC
- Early Childhood Education: Associate of Applied Science Degree
- Early Childhood Education: One-Year Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: Infant / Toddler, Pathways Certificate
- Early Childhood Education: Preschool, Pathways 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.
Sally Guyon - Contact
Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator