The online Bachelor's in Early Childhood Development is a "degree completion" program.  This means that students need to complete the early childhood pre-requisite courses at a community college or university prior to beginning their upper division courses with SOU.  Students can complete their general education requirements through SOU or their local community college.  Generally, we encourage students to complete 120 quarter credits at their community college - comprised of specific general education & early childhood courses. Often students will complete an AA or AAS with an early childhood major (approximately 90-95 quarter credits), then fill in the required SOU general education courses (approximately 25-30 credits). Students then take the minimum 60 upper division credits online - comprised of core and elective early childhood courses.

Articulation agreements

An articulation agreement is an agreement between a community college and a 4-year school that outlines the transfer requirements. You do not have to attend one of the listed community colleges to transfer to SOU, it is only that we have developed advising guidelines with these schools to assist you. We currently have agreements with the following two-year colleges:

  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Clackamas Community College
  • Klamath Community College
  • Linn Benton Community College
  • Mount Hood Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Rogue Community College
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Umpqua Community College


  • College of the Redwoods
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Shasta College
  • Feather River College

Coenrollment information

 SOU has coenrollment agreements with many community colleges. This allows students to receive financial aid for the combined number of credits they are taking. For more information visit the Financial Aid website. The forms and information are listed under Consortium Agreements.