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Inspiring the Next Generation: EOU’s Commitment to Quality Teacher Preparation

Inspiring the Next Generation: EOU’s Commitment to Quality Teacher Preparation

LA GRANDE, Ore. – A career in teaching is right around the corner at Eastern Oregon University.

Eastern Oregon University (EOU) is pleased to offer a comprehensive undergraduate teacher preparation program in elementary education, designed to provide future educators with the skills and knowledge needed for success in the dynamic field of teaching.

EOU’s Taylor Tibbets partnered with La Grande Middle School Teacher Kindi Irvin during her student teaching. (EOU File photo)

EOU understands the importance of a well-rounded education for future educators. Our program goes beyond the traditional classroom setting by offering a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application

The two-year program integrates coursework with practical classroom experiences each term. The program provides aspiring teachers with a hands-on opportunity to apply their learning in a real-world setting.

In addition to on-campus and onsite cohorts, the College of Education at EOU has developed a hybrid cohort open to students throughout the region. This format allows students to complete most of their coursework online, and engage in practicum placements without relocating.

“The one-on-one guidance our staff and faculty offer students is one-of-a-kind,” Advisor Kylie Evans said. “The College of Education programs at EOU are grounded in theory and industry-based experiences.”

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are well-prepared to obtain an Oregon teaching license with two endorsements: Elementary – Multiple Subjects and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). This dual endorsement ensures that our graduates are equipped to meet the diverse needs of students in today’s classrooms.

What sets EOU apart is its commitment to fostering a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff. The program is structured in a cohort setting, creating a supportive environment where individuals can collaborate, share experiences, and learn from one another.

The Elementary Education program for undergraduates is offered at the main campus in La Grande and also on the MHCC campus in Gresham. It is available in hybrid formats, making it accessible to students not only in Oregon but also from other locations.

Alexa Jamison, a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program does student teaching at La Grande High School. (EOU File photo)

Tessa Conrad of Ontario, Oregon described her EOU experience this way: “The transition from Treasure Valley Community College to Eastern Oregon University was simple and easy. I was grateful for the fact that they are on the same schedule as far as terms, as well as when the school year starts and finishes, so I was able to adjust much easier. I am also appreciative of the helpful staff and the quick responses I got when it came to questions I had.”

As EOU continues to shape the future of education, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing educators with the tools they need to make a positive impact in elementary classrooms and beyond.