Elementary Education (K-6) Licensure - BA, BS

St. Kate's prepares students for teaching licensure in four areas, including early childhood, elementary (K-6), secondary and kindergarten through grade 12. For students who are working toward a teaching license or who have already completed a teaching degree, St. Kate's offers two teaching endorsements: pre-primary (ages 3-PreK) and middle level (grades 5-8).

For an education major, experience in the classroom is vital to success. Our education programs integrate practical courses with an emphasis on fieldwork. Teacher candidates will spend up to 50 hours gaining hands-on classroom experience each semester, beginning with the first class, Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society. The degree culminates with a semester-long student teaching experience at cooperating schools in the metropolitan area. Teacher candidates participate in daily classroom activities and gain practical experience under the guidance of an elementary or secondary teacher and a University supervisor. Because our education programs incorporate more fieldwork than many other colleges, St. Kate's graduates will be better prepared for the classroom when they secure their first job as a teacher.

St. Kate's education faculty are recognized for leadership and expertise in areas such as literacy, STEM integration and multicultural education. They are highly qualified, dedicated professionals whose areas of expertise cover a spectrum of academic disciplines. St. Kate's faculty pride themselves on developing personal teaching relationships with each student and giving them the one-to-one attention they need to succeed.

St. Kate's education department has been actively engaged in the Network for Teaching Excellence (NExT). This consortium of teacher preparation programs across three states has received national recognition for its collaborative efforts to prepare teacher candidates for today's classroom. 

St. Catherine's teaching program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). The program fulfills requirements for teacher certification or licensure in most states.

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the teacher licensure programs, students must:

  • Have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.8
  • Have achieved sophomore status
  • Have earned a grade of C or better in EDUC 2070W
  • Have met with their academic advisor from the education department and created a program of study
  • Have completed the admissions process during EDUC 2070W

Students must be admitted to the education department to be eligible for courses numbered 3000 and above.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or above in all education department courses, required supporting courses and STEM courses in order to progress in the education program.

Educators must use communication skills in myriad formats, for a multitude of purposes, with a variety of audiences. Therefore, the education department integrates literacy, process writing, technology and development of teacher dispositions across and throughout its curriculum.

All elementary education majors earn a STEM Teaching Elementary Education certificate. (See STEM Teaching Elementary Education Certificate description in this catalog.)

All licensure programs may be subject to changes required by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). For more current information on licensure requirements, please refer to the online catalog and the St. Kate's education department website.

See also: Master of Arts in Education (graduate catalog)

This major is designed for those seeking to become licensed elementary teachers. Educational theory is integrated with classroom practice as well as extensive field experiences and a full-semester student-teaching experience.

This major is offered in the College for Women and the College for Adults.


Required Major Courses
EDUC 2070WTeachers as Leaders for a Changing Society4
EDUC 2800General Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 3015Methods and Materials in Mathematics4
EDUC 3030Methods and Materials in Science2
EDUC 3050Methods and Materials in Social Studies2
EDUC 3080Methods and Materials in Art for Elementary Teachers2
EDUC 3110Methods and Materials in Music1
EDUC 3130Methods and Materials in Physical Education1
EDUC 3290Methods and Materials in Kindergarten Education2
EDUC 3490Literacy Methods for Teaching the Intermediate Grades4
EDUC 3540Classroom Management and Assessment Techniques4
EDUC 3550Literacy in the Content Areas: Elementary2
EDUC 3650Student Teaching Seminar2
EDUC 3812Student Teaching Elementary12
Required Supporting Courses
EXSS 1100Fitness and Wellness2
INDI 2440Choosing and Using Books for Children4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Required STEM Courses
BIOL 1110Environmental Biology with Lab4
EDUC 2010Physics and Engineering for Educators3
EDUC 2030Earth and Space Science for Educators3
MATH 2500Mathematical Structures4
Total Credits72

Elementary education students who need to satisfy their mathematics and logical reasoning requirement for the liberal arts core should take MATH 1050 Mathematical Ideas in Contemporary Society.

Elementary education majors fulfill the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing EDUC 2070W Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society. Students fulfill the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and one other writing-intensive course in another department). 

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Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education K-6 (CFA)