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In early 2002, Oregon State University identified teacher education as one of the university’s highest priorities. Since that time, OSU’s College of Education has embarked on a dynamic process of re-inventing and revitalizing education programs, and responding to the needs of students, the education community, and the state.
As part of this revitalization effort, the new School of Education launched a university-wide undergraduate education degree in the fall of 2003. The Education Double Degree program enables students to earn two undergraduate degrees concurrently – one in their chosen field and one in education.
The undergraduate Education Double Degree currently emphasizes preparing and licensing teachers for K-12 public school classrooms, a 54 credit hour program.
Our nation’s communities, schools, and organizations will demand a minimum of 2.2 million new teachers and educational leaders over the next decade and these teachers must be well-prepared to meet today’s educational challenges. By creating new, more accessible undergraduate options, the Education Double Degree provides a means for addressing these gaps.
Oregon faces challenges similar to those at the national level for public school classroom teachers. Nearly half of Oregon’s public school principals reported difficulty in recruiting enough candidates for teaching positions.
In particular, there is an enormous need for secondary science, mathematics, and technology teachers. With the Education Double Degree, students are licensed to teach in a public school classroom right after graduation.
The Education Double Degree is designed for students who want to gain employment as teachers with the Oregon Initial 1 teaching license upon graduation. Some Education Double Degree courses are available during summer terms and at some community colleges.
In addition, students will graduate with a competitive advantage. Employers say they prefer students with multiple degrees because they are perceived to be better disciplined, focused, and skilled in time management.