K-12 Licensure - BA

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 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 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)

The K-12 World Languages and Culture: Spanish licensure option enables graduates to teach Spanish at all grade levels. The K-12 Visual Arts option enables graduates to teach art at all grade levels.

Spanish: K-12

Students enrolling in this licensure area must have proficiency in Spanish to an intermediate level (completed SPAN 1120 Elementary Spanish II or its equivalent).

This major is offered in the College for Women only and consists of eight courses.

Curriculum

Required Subject Area Courses for Licensure 1
SPAN 3050WVisions of the Hispanic World: Reading to Speak and Write4
SPAN 3160Hispanics in the United States4
SPAN 3250Introduction to Critical Cultural and Literary Analysis4
Select one or two (based on proficiency) of the following:4-8
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Select two to three of the following (based on placement into SPAN 2110 or 2120):8-12
Short Stories in Spanish
Contemporary Spanish American Literature
Hispanic Masterpieces
Hispanic Women Writers
Internship
Internship
Topics
Additional required course for the Spanish major:
SPAN 4860WSenior Seminar4
Required Education Courses
EDUC 2070WTeachers as Leaders for a Changing Society4
EDUC 2090General Methods: K-12, Secondary4
EDUC 347Field Experience III: (K-12) World Languages and Culture 20
EDUC 3551Literacy in the Content Areas: Secondary2
EDUC 3650Student Teaching Seminar2
EDUC 380Curriculum and Instruction: World Languages and Cultures K-12 24
EDUC 3920Student Teaching and Seminar in World Languages and Cultures: Elementary6
EDUC 3930Student Teaching and Seminar in World Languages and Cultures: Secondary6
EXSS 1100Fitness and Wellness2
Required Supporting Courses
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Total Credits66-74

Visual Arts: K-12

The K-12 program combines course work in studio art, art history, art education and education, with supporting work in psychology and philosophy. To meet teaching licensure standards, the visual arts education student must demonstrate foundational understandings about art and knowledge and skills in studio art and art history areas, exhibiting breadth and depth of learning. In the area of studio practice, the student must show competency in six studio art areas and an emphasis in at least two areas.

Students seeking teaching licensure who have previously completed a major in art must meet program requirements for the art major with the education focus.

Admittance To and Progress In the Major

Art education majors follow the same procedures and directives for admittance to and progress through the studio art major as the studio art student, completing Portfolio Reviews I and II during their sophomore and junior years, respectively. In addition, students must apply to the Education Department.

Senior Exhibition

The student teaching experience and the Senior Exhibition represent the culmination of development and work in the major. The requirement of Senior Exhibition includes showing the student's personal artwork in addition to showing the work of her students during her student teaching experience. Students must complete their second portfolio review no later than the semester prior to the Senior Exhibition. See the studio art major section for description of ART 4850 Senior Exhibition procedures.

Portfolio Reviews

Portfolio Reviews I and II (see studio art major section for description of Portfolio Review procedures)

This major is offered in the College for Women only.

Curriculum

Required Subject Area Courses for Licensure:
ART 1000Two-Dimensional Design4
ART 1010Three-Dimensional Design4
ART 1200Drawing4
ART 2250Art and Technology4
Select one course from:4
Painting: Oil
Painting: Acrylic
Painting: Watercolor
Select one course from:4
Printmaking
Introduction to Black and White Photography
Select one course from:4
Wheel-Thrown Pottery
Ceramics
Sculpture
Sculpture: Metal
ART 4850Senior Exhibition1
ART 280 Hand Papermaking and Book Arts I or ART 380 Hand Papermaking and Book Arts II 14
ARTH 1100Introduction to Art History: Ancient Through Medieval4
ARTH 2650WModern Art4
Select one additional art history course (2000-level or above)4
Select two additional studio art courses (2000-level or above with different areas of emphasis)8
Additional Course Required for the Studio Art Major
ART 4800Senior Seminar for Studio Art Majors4
Required Education Courses
EDUC 2070WTeachers as Leaders for a Changing Society4
EDUC 2090General Methods: K-12, Secondary4
EDUC 3250Focus Studies In Elementary Art Education2
EDUC 3551Literacy in the Content Areas: Secondary2
EDUC 3650Student Teaching Seminar2
EDUC 3760Secondary Visual Arts Methods2
EDUC 3890Student Teaching and Seminar in Art: Secondary6
EDUC 3900Student Teaching and Seminar in Art: Elementary6
Required Supporting Courses
ARTH 1150Ways of Seeing4
or PHIL 2900 Philosophy of the Arts
EXSS 1100Fitness and Wellness2
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Total Credits99

K-12 licensure students 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 their major department).