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Elementary Education Transfer to Southern Oregon University


Associate of Science Degree
Major Code: 240101N
Courses for this Program

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 and offers knowledge and application components drawn from curriculum at both institutions. The degree transfers directly into the bachelor’s degree program in Elementary Education 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 should note that Associate of Science is the only designation that is recorded on their transcripts and printed degrees. 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. The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. For a list of learning outcomes for this discipline or program, see

Entry Requirements

Students are required to take a placement test 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 levels as determined by placement test scores. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

For all early childhood classes, students are required to visit community classrooms to observe children, teachers, and/or classroom environments. In order for students to be permitted into many such sites, it is necessary to be enrolled in the Criminal History Registry. This registry is through the Oregon Office of Child Care and is not the same registry used by school districts. This can be accomplished by visiting the RCC Early Childhood Elementary Education Department website and clicking on “Criminal Background Check.” On the Criminal History Registry application, pay attention to specific instructions for RCC students completing the form. The cost is $3 (unless you have lived outside of Oregon within the past 18 months) and must be submitted with the form. You must complete this process as soon as possible so that you are ready with your registry number when you need to complete your observation assignments. Your registry enrollment is valid for two years.

Students are also required to provide information regarding their measles immunization status by completing the form found on the RCC ECEE Department website and clicking on “Measles Immunization." Completed forms must be submitted to a department secretary.

For some classes, early childhood education students are required to use the Redwood Early Childhood Center, which is a Head Start site. Therefore, all students in the Early Childhood Education program must obtain prior clearance from Head Start. The process for doing this is on the Southern Oregon Head Start website, Click on “Volunteer” and then on “Download Volunteer Packet.” A criminal history check (see above) and required paperwork must be completed before observing or participating at a Head Start site.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies. 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 credit student must meet with the department chair to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

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 required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned a “C” or better grade.

For more information contact the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7504
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7504
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711