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Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Program

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Education


Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Education, including an initial Oregon Teaching License in four years.  During the first three years, students complete required general education, teaching content courses, and pre-education courses.  During their final year, they complete the Professional Licensure Program (visit our application page for requirements to be admitted into this program).  Students can prepare to teach:

  • Early Childhood – age 3 through grade 4 (teaches all subjects)
  • Early Childhood/Elementary – age 3 through grade 8 (teaches all subjects)
  • Elementary/Middle – grades 3 through 9 (teaches all subjects plus one specific content area)
  • Middle/High School – grades 5 through 12 (teaches one specific content area)

(see WOU catalog for details on exact courses required for each preparation level)

Professional Licensure Program (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate)

Undergraduate students complete this program as the final year of their Bachelor’s Degree.

Post-baccalaureate students complete this program after meeting pre-requisite courses.

The 38-43 credit hour Professional Licensure Program is a full-time format, taking three terms to complete.  Students meet regularly on campus with their cohort group in addition to completing a full year of student teaching experience in local public schools. During the first term, candidates may take an additional course outside of the professional program. During the final two terms, the rigorous professional program requires full time involvement in teacher education.

Cohort groups begin fall and winter terms (with the exception of Early Childhood cohorts which begin summer and fall terms).  Students are encouraged to work closely with their pre-education advisor to diligently track their pre-education requirements and application deadlines for the Professional  Licensure Program.