Education: Elementary K-6 - MA

Program Description

The Initial Licensure — Elementary K-6 option is designed for those with a B.A. or B.S. degree seeking to become licensed elementary K–6 teachers.

The Elementary K-6 initial licensure program is offered on the St. Paul campus in an evening/weekend/online format throughout the calendar year. Students may also select from two endorsements to go along with the Elementary (K-6) license: Preprimary or Middle Level.

A number of the courses in the initial licensure program have prerequisites and most of the courses must be taken in sequence. After an evaluation of courses previously taken that may transfer and fulfill requirements, students work with an academic advisor to set up a schedule of classes.

To be licensed, students must pass the required Minnesota state licensure exams in addition to the required courses. Students should review the specific teacher licensure exam requirements with their advisor.

Initial Licensure -- Elementary K-6 Curriculum

The core courses for students pursuing the Elementary K-6 Initial Licensure (regardless of endorsement area) are listed below.

Prerequisite Courses
GEOG 2000Human (Cultural) Geography4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Total Credits12
Required Courses
EDUC 5070Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society4
EDUC 5490School Health and Chemical Health (online)1
EDUC 5800General Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 7030Methods and Materials in Science2
EDUC 7050Methods and Materials in Social Studies2
EDUC 7080Methods and Materials in Art for Elementary Teachers2
EDUC 7015Methods and Materials in Mathematics4
EDUC 7110Methods and Materials in Music1
EDUC 7130Methods and Materials in Physical Education1
EDUC 7290Methods and Materials in Kindergarten Education2
EDUC 7490Literacy Methods for Teaching the Intermediate Grades4
EDUC 7540Classroom Management and Assessment Techniques4
EDUC 7550Literacy in the Content Areas: Elementary2
EDUC 7650Student Teaching Seminar2
EDUC 7812Student Teaching Elementary12
Plus the following STEM Courses
BIOL 1110Environmental Biology with Lab4
EDUC 5010Physics and Engineering for Educators3
EDUC 5030Earth and Space Science for Educators3
MATH 2500Mathematical Structures4
Plus the following Project courses
EDUC 6600Pathways to Equity Project3
EDUC 6750Introduction to Educational Research3
Plus the following Supporting Course
INDI 5440Choosing and Using Books for Children4
Total Credits69

Endorsement Options

For an endorsement to be added to an Elementary K-6 license, students need to successfully complete the courses listed below.

Preprimary Endorsement Courses
EDUC 5110Foundations and Theories in Early Childhood Education2
FACS 3350Child in the Family4
Total Credits6
Middle Level Endorsement Courses
Select one of the following based on subject area:2
Secondary Communication Arts and Literature Methods
Secondary Mathematics Methods
Secondary Science Methods
Secondary Social Studies Methods
Secondary Family and Consumer Science Methods
EDUC 7910Student Teaching and Seminar: Middle Level4
Total Credits6

Students who choose a Middle Level Endorsement must select one of the following subject-areas. Students should check with their academic advisor or admissions counselor for a complete list of subject-area courses.

  • Communication Arts and Literature

  • Mathematics

  • General Science

  • Social Studies

  • World Languages and Culture: Spanish