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Chemeketa creates a clear path for students who want to earn a four-year degree in education.

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  • Teacher reading in a classroom to 5 students
  • Student teacher working with two students

Why choose Education?

Educators play an important role throughout our lives. There is a high demand for quality math and science teachers as well as bilingual educators throughout the United States, so a career in education could take you anywhere.  

Through a combination of select education courses, practicum experience and general education classes, students will experience a career in teaching from the very beginning and be prepared to successfully transfer to a university to complete their bachelor's degree. 

  • Complete the first two years of your degree
  • Unique opportunity to use bilingual skills in an education career
  • Classes offered in Salem and Woodburn


What will you learn?

Held in Salem and Woodburn, Chemeketa’s education classes will help you learn the foundations of teaching –

  • Introduction to education
  • Classroom practicum
  • Foundations of the American education system
  • Math and science instructional strategy
  • Classroom management
  • Student learning and development
  • Children's literature and literacy development
  • Technology in education
  • Culturalry responsive pedagogy
  • Teaching bilingual and English languages
  • Inclusion: Special needs students

What will you do?

The leadership, communication, public speaking and teaching skills you learn in education courses can open doors to many professions –

  • Social worker and counselor
  • Business trainer and management
  • Elementary, middle and high school teacher
  • College professor, advisor and student life staff

    While in High School

    • Be college-ready
    • Take math and English during senior year
    • Get any other college credits you can (AP courses, IB courses, College Credit Now)
    • Keep your grades up - a 3.5 GPA or higher qualifies students to apply to become a Chemeketa Scholar

    Apply to Chemeketa

    • Follow the steps to apply
    • Work with one of the Education advisors and Sara Csaky, Education Instructor, to begin work on your educational plan

    While at Chemeketa

    • Check in with advisor to ensure you continue to be enrolled in the correct classes for transfer
    • Take the practicum class to help you determine your preference in teaching elementary, middle or high school students

    Earn Your Bachelor's Degree

    • Research and/or visit potential universities you would like to transfer to
    • Attend college fairs and/or university presentations held on campus
    • Complete all necessary enrollment and financial aid applications
    • Take all necessary education courses
    • Study for any necessary licensure exams
    • Graduate

    Corban University: Click here for video

    George Fox University: Click here for video

    Eastern Oregon University: Click here for video

    Pacific University: Click here for video

    Linfield College: Click here for video





    When you complete Chemeketa’s specially-designed two-year transfer degree, you qualify to enter as a junior at most four-year Oregon universities.

    Transfer requirements vary between each university, so let Chemeketa’s Education advisors and instructors help you navigate the process and achieve your goals.

    Transfer guides 

    To teach in Oregon's K-12 school system, you must be licensed and must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. For specific information on teacher credentials, visit the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission.


    Oregon Teacher Scholars Program (OTSP)

    Become a teacher

    • Must be enrolled in an Oregon approved preliminary licensure program.
    • Must be racially or linguistically diverse.
    • Attend conferences/events.
    • Connect with other scholars.
    • Build resume skills.
    • Network with potential future employers.
    • $5,000 scholarship

    Apply at OTSP between November 1st & March 1st



    Future teachers are invited to apply for one free class in fall term through the Community College Teacher Pathway Tuition Grant, funded by the Oregon Department of Education.

    The tuition grant will cover tuition and fees for one ED class in the fall term of 2022. Apply online using this Grant Application.


    Chemeketa has partnered with Pacific University and the National Science Foundation Noyce Program to support students seeking teaching careers in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The Pacific Chemeketa Noyce Inspires (PCNI) program creates a four-year pathway with financial and academic supports to ensure student success in becoming a STEM teacher. Graduates are in high demand and earn an average of $50,000 a year in the first year of STEM teaching.

    • Year 1 - Enroll in Chemeketa and apply to become an PCNI STEM Teaching Explorer. You will receive a $500 scholarship, quarterly advising meetings, and participate in ONE of the following:
      • Participate in a volunteer STEM Teaching Outreach project at the Boys and Girls Club near Chemeketa campus
      • Take ED240, which includes a teaching practicum at a local school
      • Complete an individually designed STEM teaching experience arranged with PCNI staff
    • Year 2 - Complete your AAOT at Chemeketa as an PCNI STEM Teaching Intern. You will receive a $2,000 scholarship, quarterly advising meetings, and a summer teaching internship position.
    • Year 3 - Transfer to Pacific University Forest Grove Campus as a NSF PSiMS Scholar to continue work on your bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and receive a $5,900 scholarship and academic advising.
    • Year 4 - Complete your bachelor's degree as a NSF Noyce Scholar at Pacific University in a STEM field and receive a $15,900 scholarship.

    Use this link to apply for this fantastic opportunity:  STEM Application

    Contact Vania Fenner, STEM Teaching Navigator at 503.399.5236 or email.

  • FREE FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION CLASS (ED216) - High School Students Only

    Start your teaching degree with our free course, Foundations of Education, specifically for high school students. The class transfers to every university in Oregon and will help you chart your pathway into the teaching field.

    Foundations of Education course application

  • INTO Teaching Pathway

    ED Major Students and school district employees are invited to apply for the Tuition Grant, funded by the Oregon Department of Education. The tuition grant will cover up to 8 credits in the education pathway.

    Apply here: Application

  • Free Seal of Biliteracy Class for Ed Majors

    The courses prepare students for the official Oregon Seal of Biliteracy test, which will be given in summer term.

    Tuition waivers are available for Education students.

    Apply here: Application


    Transfer requirements vary between each university, so let Chemeketa's education advisors and instructors help you navigate the process to achieve your goals.

    Juan Carlos Deloya – Advisor, Salem Campus
    Cathy Martell-Straight – Advisor, Salem Campus
    Noemi Legaspi-Valverde - Pacific University Woodburn Community Networker
    David Beasely, - Western Oregon University
    Schedule an appointment - Click here
    Advising website - Click here