K-12 Licensure - BA

St. Kate's prepares students for teaching licensure in three areas, including 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, many of whom are experts in areas such as literacy and multicultural education, 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.

All education courses at St. Kate's are technology intensive. Embedded in each course are a variety of technology experiences. In addition to word processing, database and spreadsheet construction, students will use hand held and multimedia technologies at various points in the education sequence to develop expertise. Students will create an electronic portfolio that will be used as both a developmental assessment tool and as a professional portfolio.

Computers are no longer considered an add-on in education but are an integral part of learning in the 21st century. The environment in most elementary and secondary schools calls for technologically literate teachers. St. Kate's graduates will be those teachers. Graduates will enter the classroom prepared to be leaders in their schools and districts and to make the most of the current technology.

St. Catherine's teaching program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The program fulfills requirements for teacher certification or licensure in most states except those states requiring completion of a five-year program.

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, information management, technology and development of teacher dispositions across and throughout its curriculum.

All licensure programs may be subject to changes required by the Minnesota Department of Education. 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.

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.


Required 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
Additional required course for the Spanish major:
SPAN 4860WSenior Seminar4
Required 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

If the student places into SPAN 2110 Intermediate Spanish I and/or SPAN 2120 Intermediate Spanish II, those courses may be counted toward earning the Spanish major. If the student places into SPAN 2110 she must take an additional six 3000 or 4000- level courses (with a minimum grade of C) to fulfill requirements for the Spanish major. If the student places into SPAN 2120 she must take an additional seven 3000 or 4000- level courses (with a minimum grade of C) to fulfill requirements for the Spanish major.


To be completed at the University of St. Thomas. 

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).