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Questions? Our pre-education advisors are here to help.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Darlene Fritz

fritzd@wou.edu

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INCOMING FRESHMEN

Olivia Flores

floreso@wou.edu

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Information for Current WOU Students

Welcome to the teacher education program at Western Oregon University. During your first three years, you will be learning the content and methods in the subjects you will teach. These three years are considered your “pre-education program.” During your junior year, you will apply to the Licensure Program where you will have a full year of student teaching prior to graduation. When you graduate with your Bachelor’s Degree, you will be a licensed teacher.

To be fully prepared to apply for the Professional Licensure Program, take the following steps.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

  • Once you have completed ED 200 and ED 259D, take your Civil Rights Exam.
  • Once you have completed your content courses, take your content exam(s).
  • Complete your second set of classroom observation hours either late sophomore year or early junior year and get a letter of documentation.

Junior & Senior Year

  • Request faculty evaluations early junior year.
  • Apply to the Licensure Program by April 1st of junior year for Fall Cohort or October 1st of senior year for Winter Cohort (includes a cover letter and resume).
  • During your senior year, as you enter the licensure program and start your student teaching, be prepared to be available M-F from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the first term, with an even greater time commitment in your second and third terms.

Information for Community College Students

There are many paths that lead to becoming a licensed teacher at Western Oregon University. Each student’s situation is unique and valued. Because of this, we recommend you meet with a Pre-Education advisor at WOU sometime early in your freshman year at your community college so you can create a transfer plan that works around your teaching interests and desired pace of completion.

To be fully prepared to transfer to WOU, we recommend taking the following steps.

Freshman Year:

Sophomore Year:

  • Once you have completed your Foundations of Education course and your Special Education course, take your Civil Rights Exam.  Have electronic scores sent to WOU, but keep a hard copy and also a PDF of your exam scores for when you apply to the Licensure Program.
  • Apply to WOU one year before you intend to transfer (fall term is best for scholarship eligibility). If you would like to apply to WOU for FREE, register and attend one of these application events: October 11, November 16, or December 6.
  • Register for fall WOU classes with a WOU pre-education advisor in May (on site at your community college).
  • Register with WOU Admissions for the TSOAR event at WOU, and attend that event in May (transfer student orientation).

Junior/Senior Year:

  • Request faculty evaluations early junior year.
  • Apply to the Licensure Program by April 1st of junior year for Fall Cohort or October 1st of senior year for winter cohort (includes a cover letter and resume).
  • During your senior year, as you enter the licensure program and start your student teaching, be prepared to be available M-F from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the first term, with an even greater time commitment in your second and third terms.