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Click the image at the right to view the online program brochure for OCCC’s ‘Teach at the Beach’ degree program. 


The Rural Teacher Education Pathway allows students from Lincoln County who are interested in becoming elementary school teachers to complete the first two years of a Bachelor of Science in Education at Oregon Coast Community College and then transfer to Western Oregon University or Oregon State University with junior standing and all Education pre-requisites met. Students transfer to complete the third year before returning to the Coast to complete their fourth year of study – including licensure and student teaching.


Transfer Degree in Teaching

Early Childhood/Elementary & Elementary/Middle School Teacher Transfer Program

Teaching is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging careers you can choose. Teachers make a difference in the lives of students – to help them learn to read, solve a math problem, or discover how plants grow. Elementary and middle school instructors introduce students to language, science, mathematics, social studies, the arts, and physical education. (Students interested in high school teacher transfer pathways should speak with their OCCC and Western Oregon University advisors.)

Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is expected to increase over the next decade to replace an aging teaching workforce. Science, math, special education, and bilingual teachers will be in great demand.

What’s new 

Students now have the degree option of a transcript visible Associates of Arts Oregon Transfer – Elementary Education (AAOT-ElemEd). This shows that elective coursework was completed in Education prerequisites. It is also accepted by Western Oregon University, Oregon State University (Corvallis and Cascades campuses), Southern Oregon University and Eastern Oregon University teacher licensure programs as meeting prerequisites for entry into the Junior year.

New courses
    • Fall term ED 100 Education Careers: explore the wide variety of careers available to support child and adolescent success.
    • Spring term ED 290 Education Practicum: complete required practicum hours and experience in a Lincoln County School District (LCSD) K-12 classroom. Practicum hours are required for entry into University licensure programs
Transfer degree options:
    • WOU – the Early Childhood/Elementary Education BS degree option is now a smooth pathway. OCCC students complete the AAOT-ElemEd before transfer. Junior level courses are taken through a mix of on-campus, online, and hybrid courses. The senior year student teaching experience can be completed in a Lincoln County school.
    • OSU – Oregon State University has launched a hybrid 2+2 program in Clinically Based Elementary Education. Students complete the AAOT-ElemED before transfer and junior level coursework through a mix of online and hybrid coursework. Junior and Senior level courses can be completed with limited travel outside Lincoln County. The senior year student teaching experience can be completed in a Lincoln County school.
    • Additional transfer opportunities for students interested in Early Childhood Special Education or Elementary Special Education are also available through Western Oregon University and Linfield University. 

Transferable Credits

Students can earn credits towards an Associate degree, which they can then transfer to their University. Education classes can be applied toward the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AAOT) or the specialized AAOT-Elementary Education.

What’s Next?

Complete the steps for new students, on the Start Here page

The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don’t offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts – Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.

Plan how you’ll pay for college

Review Tuition & Fees here. Then, review our Financial Aid page.

Plan your transfer

Registration is now open for these programs. To learn more, make an appointment with a Student Success Coach by visiting the advising page.

*Program development was supported in part by funding from Meyer Memorial Trust through their Equitable Education Portfolio and through a collaboration with Lincoln County School District


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Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact either: 
Vice President for Student Affairs or Human Resources Director, Joy Gutknecht.

Questions can also be mailed to their attention at:
400 SE College Way, Newport, OR  97366.