Program Overview

Oregon teachers are required to possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to teach in the K-12 system (kindergarten through grade 12).  PCC offers transferable associate’s degrees that fulfill the freshman and sophomore-level requirements for a bachelor’s degree. 

In Oregon, teaching candidates must be approved for two authorization levels.  The approved combinations are:  Early Childhood/Elementary Level, Elementary/Middle School Level, or Middle School/Secondary (High School) Level. 

The authorization levels chosen by the student will dictate the coursework to be completed.  For example, someone who wishes to be an elementary teacher will likely major in general studies.  Someone desiring to teach high school math will major in mathematics.  Some universities offer four-year education programs that qualify students for teaching certification upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, whereas other universities require a fifth year (graduate-level studies) prior to getting a teaching credential.

All university-bound students should work closely with an academic advisor at PCC to discuss associate’s degree options and tailor their coursework for their chosen authorization levels and university destination as requirements vary at each institution.

For specific information on teacher credentialing, please visit the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) website at www.tspc.state.or.us.