(Previously titled Elementary Education transfer to Southern Oregon University)
About the Program
Based on a signed articulation agreement, Rogue Community College (RCC) and Southern Oregon University (SOU) School of Education offer an Associate of Science degree for students who wish to ultimately obtain a teaching credential with early childhood (pre-kindergarten through fourth grade) and/or elementary authorization (third through sixth grades).
This degree was developed as a cooperative venture between SOU and RCC. It offers knowledge and application components drawn from curriculum at both institutions. The degree transfers directly into the bachelor’s degree program in Education Studies at SOU. If a student’s career goal is to teach in an elementary school, successful completion of the bachelor’s degree will lead to an initial teaching license.
Students must work closely with their advisors to ensure transferability of this program. If students transfer before completing this degree or in a major not covered by prior agreements, their courses will be evaluated individually toward the transfer requirements of the college of their choice.
Program Learning Outcomes
The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Education Studies Transfer to Southern Oregon University are:
Design strategies that promote child development for elementary school-aged children and learning across developmental domains relevant to the child’s relational and cultural environments.
Generate strategies to build and sustain family and community partnerships, reflecting the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities to support successful outcomes for elementary school-aged children.
Design developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate teaching practices for elementary school-aged children.
Apply different observation methods to inform instruction and planning reflective of children’s developmental, cultural, and linguistic needs.
Identify and conduct one’s self as a member of the early childhood field.
Use academic content knowledge to build developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes positive outcomes for each child.
Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.
Many courses in this department require participation in community schools, programs, and agencies for observation and practicum experiences. Practicum placement and classroom observations will require proof of measles immunization status, RCC Student ID, and may require proof of COVID vaccination status or criminal history background check. More information is available from the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department.
Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college registration policies and the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department Chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.
The Associate of Science degree will be awarded to students who complete all credits in this program with a grade of “C-” or better. Certain courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C-” or better grade.
This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate in two years as you prepare to transfer to a four-year Oregon college or university. Please meet with an advisor for any questions about alternate classes in any given term. When transferring to a four-year Oregon state college or university, one of the following options must be met as a requirement for admission:
- Two years of the same high school-level world language, or
- Two terms of college-level world language (may be first-year world language, which can be used as elective credits)
This is for students who have graduated from high school or completed a high school equivalency program in 1997 or after. Additionally, if students intend to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at a four-year school, they must complete two years of a college level world language regardless of when they graduated from high school or an equivalency program. Completing the first year of the college language sequence in terms 4-6 at RCC sets students up for the second-year sequence when they transfer. Students should inquire with their intended receiving institution for world language requirements.
Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement. Note: some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.