Secondary 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 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, t, 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.

Secondary Education (Grades 5-12, 9-12) Options

Students must major in an academic field.  

Teaching licensures are offered in these major fields:

  • Chemistry2
  • Communication Arts and Literature1
  • Life Sciences (Biology)2
  • Mathematics1
  • Social Studies1

Students completing the chemistry and life science licensure programs may add a general science middle level endorsement (Grades 5-8) but are not required to do so.

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

Secondary Education (Grades 5-12, 9-12) Licensure Curricula

Students seeking secondary licensure will choose to major in one of the fields below and will take education courses in addition to the courses required for the major (see requirements for each area following the education and supporting courses information).

These majors are offered in the College for Women only. Students must major in an academic field and complete the following education and supporting courses:

Required Courses
EDUC 2070WTeachers as Leaders for a Changing Society4
EDUC 2090General Methods: K-12, Secondary4
EDUC 3551Literacy in the Content Areas: Secondary2
EDUC 3650Student Teaching Seminar2
EDUC 3912Student Teaching Secondary12
EXSS 1100Fitness and Wellness2
Required Supporting Courses
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
Total Credits34

Life Science: 9-12 Licensure (BA only)

Biology majors seeking licensure as secondary (grades 9-12) life science teachers complete the major courses listed below. These requirements are set up to satisfy both a major in biology and the content standards for 9-12 life science licensure.  Students completing this licensure may add the General Science Middle Level Endorsement, but are not required to do so.

Required Science Courses for Licensure
BIOL 1710Foundations of Biology I with Lab4
BIOL 1720Foundations of Biology II with Lab4
BIOL 2710Foundations of Biology III with Lab4
BIOL 3100Plant Biology with Lab4
BIOL 3120Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with Lab4
BIOL 3140Comparative Animal Physiology4
BIOL 3210Biology of Microorganisms with Lab (OR)4
Introduction to Microbiology with Lab
Required Education Course
EDUC 3752Secondary Science Methods2
EDUC 3780Advanced Secondary Methods2
Additional Courses Required for Biology Major
Select one of the following:4
Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
Biostatistics
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Statistical Analysis with Corequisite
Statistical Analysis
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 2010Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
BIOL 2720Sophomore Seminar2
BIOL 4914Research2-4
or BIOL 4912 Research
4 credits of BIOL at the 4000 level4
BIOL 4850WSenior Seminar2
Total Credits58-60

General Science Middle-Level Endorsement (Grades 5-8)

Biology majors wishing to add the General Science Middle-Level Endorsement must complete the following courses: 

Required Science Courses
PHYS 1040Astronomy with Lab4
PHYS 1080
PHYS 1090
Physics for the Health Sciences I
and Physics for the Health Sciences II with Lab
8
Required Education Courses
EDUC 3752Secondary Science Methods2
EDUC 3910Student Teaching and Seminar: Middle Level4
Total Credits18

Chemistry: 9-12 Licensure (BA only)

Chemistry majors seeking licensure to teach chemistry in secondary schools (grades 9-12) must complete the following major courses. 

Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 2010
CHEM 2020
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
and Organic Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 3000Quantitative Analysis with Lab4
CHEM 3310
CHEM 3320
Physical Chemistry I with Lab
and Physical Chemistry II
8
CHEM 4000WAdvanced Inorganic Chemistry with Lab4
CHEM 4200Advanced Analytical Chemistry with Lab4
CHEM 4400Biochemistry4
CHEM 4850Seminar (4 semesters)0
CHEM 4912Research2
Required Education Course
EDUC 3752Secondary Science Methods2
EDUC 3780Advanced Secondary Methods2
Additional Required Supporting Courses for the Chemistry Major (minimum grade of C- required)
MATH 1130
MATH 1140
Calculus I
and Calculus II
8
PHYS 1110
PHYS 1120
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
8
Total Credits62

General Science Middle Level Endorsement (Grades 5-8)

Chemistry majors wishing to add the General Science Middle Level Endorsement must complete the following courses.

BIOL 1710
BIOL 1720
Foundations of Biology I with Lab
and Foundations of Biology II with Lab
8
BIOL 2710Foundations of Biology III with Lab4
PHYS 1040Astronomy with Lab4
PHYS 1080
PHYS 1090
Physics for the Health Sciences I
and Physics for the Health Sciences II with Lab
8
Required Education Courses
EDUC 3752Secondary Science Methods2
EDUC 3910Student Teaching and Seminar: Middle Level4
Total Credits30

Communication Arts and Literature: 5-12 Licensure (BA only)

Students seeking licensure to teach communication arts and literature in secondary schools (grades 5-12) must complete the following major courses.

Communication Studies Courses
COMM 1000WIntroduction to Communication: Women and Social Change4
COMM 1020Interpersonal Communication4
COMM 1030Speaking to Lead and Influence4
COMM 2050Media, Culture and Society4
English Courses
ENGL 1905WCollege Writing4
ENGL 2202Literary Theory and Practice4
ENGL 2270WGlobal Shakespeare4
ENGL 2350Grammar in Practice4
or ENGL 3300 Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
or ENGL 3360W Professional Writing
or ENGL 4310 Creative Writing Workshop
ENGL 3450Linguistics4
Two 3000-level literature electives8
Required Education Courses
EDUC 3450Literature for Young Adults2
EDUC 3750Secondary Communication Arts and Literature Methods2
EDUC 3780Advanced Secondary Methods2
Total Credits50

Mathematics: 5-12 Licensure (BA,BS2)

Mathematics majors who plan to teach mathematics in secondary schools (grades 5-12) must complete the following major courses.

Mathematics Requirements
MATH 1130Calculus I4
MATH 1140Calculus II4
MATH 1800Discrete Mathematics4
MATH 2050Linear Algebra4
MATH 2060Calculus III4
MATH 3010Abstract Algebra4
MATH 3130Probability4
MATH 3140Mathematical Statistics4
MATH 3250Geometry4
Required Education Courses
EDUC 3751Secondary Mathematics Methods2
EDUC 3780Advanced Secondary Methods2
Required Supporting Course for Licensure
CSCI 1110Algorithms and Computer Programming I4
Additional Courses Required for the Mathematics Major:
CSCI 1120Algorithms and Computer Programming II (Required supporting course) 14
MATH 2850Sophomore Seminar for Mathematics Majors2
MATH 4850WSenior Seminar2
Total Credits52

Social Studies: 5-12 Licensure (BA, BS)

Social studies majors who plan to teach in secondary schools (grades 5-12) must complete the following major courses.

Social Studies Requirements
ECON 2610Principles of Microeconomics4
or ECON 2620 Principles of Macroeconomics
GEOG 2000Human (Cultural) Geography4
HIST 1200Survey of U.S. Political and Social History, 1600-19004
or HIST 2200 Twentieth Century America
POSC 2010American Government and Politics4
or POSC 2200W Introduction to Comparative Politics
SOCI 1000Principles and Concepts of Sociology4
SOCI 3250Cultural Anthropology4
Additional history course focusing on history of region other than the U.S. or Canada (i.e., Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Australia, Oceania)4
Concentration within the major:
Students must take four additional courses in a concentration area. (See below)16
Required Education Courses
EDUC 3753Secondary Social Studies Methods2
EDUC 3780Advanced Secondary Methods2
Total Credits48

Concentration within the Social Studies Major

Students must take four additional courses (a minimum of 16 semester credits) in one of the social sciences (economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology or anthropology) or history. These concentration courses are to be approved by the social studies coordinator and by a full-time professor (preferably the chair) of the particular department of concentration (e.g., psychology or political science). These concentration courses must include one course with an emphasis on the theory, philosophy and/or methodology of the discipline and a total of at least three courses at the 3000-4000 level.

Secondary 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).