The Rural Teacher Education Pathway allows students from Lincoln County 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, with no loss of credit.  Students pursuing Elementary/Middle School preparation pathways will transfer to Western Oregon University to complete the third year of study at WOU before returning to the coast to complete their student teaching. Academic advisors will provide additional detail about the structure of the third and fourth years of this program.

The Details: 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 teachers 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.)

What’s Next?

Complete the steps for new students, on the Getting Started page

Registration is now open for these programs. Schedule an advising appointment with Theresa Harper, OCCC’s Teacher Education Pathway Advisor or call 541-867-8501.

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, click the “Financial Aid” tab, on this page.

Compensation & Other Information about Teaching Careers

Careers in teaching are rewarding in many ways. First and foremost is the difference teachers can make in the lives of their students and, by extension, their communities. Teaching can also be financially rewarding. Click the links to find the latest data from the State of Oregon on average wages and other information for elementary and middle school teachers.

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


Oregon Coast Community College is committed to providing equal opportunities for students with disabilities throughout the College community. Students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Our philosophy is to maximize your independence and self-reliance, providing a variety of support options to assist you in achieving your educational and/or vocational objectives. To receive services, you must submit documentation of your disabling condition(s) to the Dean of Students. To initiate support services, please contact the Dean of Students at 541-867-8511 or Students are responsible for requesting, in a timely manner, accommodation and documenting the nature and extent of their disability.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination

The College prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any area, activity or operation of the College. The College also prohibits retaliation against an individual for engaging in activity protected under this policy, and interfering with rights or privileges granted under anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the College complies with applicable provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), related Executive Orders 11246 and 11375, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (“USERRA’), and all local and state civil rights laws. Under this policy, equal opportunity for employment, admission, and participation in the College’s programs, services, and activities will be extended to all persons, and the College will promote equal opportunity and treatment through application of this policy and other College efforts designed for that purpose.

Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact either: 
Dean of Students Cindy Carlson 541-867-8511

Human Resources Manager Joy Gutknecht 541-867-8515

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