The Classroom Is Your Calling

Earn a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

Classroom Ready

Turn your passion for education into a rewarding career with a bachelor's degree and teaching license in elementary education. You'll gain the skills necessary for a successful career in elementary education. Our teaching program focuses on instructional methods, cutting-edge strategies, child development, emerging technologies, and the multicultural classroom. With a practicum and student teaching field placement, you’ll enter the classroom and practice what you've learned.

Emphasis Areas

You'll select one of three emphasis areas that are in high demand: English as a Second Language; Special Education; or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). You'll complete one course in each of the three emphasis areas as a foundational part of your core coursework and take an additional two courses in one area. The program requirement will result in 9 credits that can support future endorsement completion and/or job placement.

Licensure and Accreditation

Students who earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education receive preliminary licensure from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education-Legacy (NCATE). As the State of Oregon adopted the standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) to replace NCATE standards, our next accreditation site visit will be conducted by CAEP in the spring of 2021, one year earlier than our next NCATE site visit would have been.

Professional Program

Admitted students begin the program as a pre-elementary education major. The first year or two, students enroll in the professional program pre-requisites, major support courses and Baccalaureate Core courses. Students then apply to the Professional Program and begin courses in winter term of the third year. The program completes with student teaching and emphasis area coursework.

Future transfer students will need to plan effectively to be ready to apply to the Professional Program in the year they transfer to OSU-Cascades. Be sure to check out the major checklist and transfer articulations to prepare correctly.

The Professional Program will begin 2020-2021 academic year.

Contact Us

Future students should connect with an admissions advisor for admission and program questions.

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Bend, OR  97702
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Phone: 541-322-3119