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.

To accommodate the schedule of working adults and parents, the Elementary K-6 initial licensure program is offered in an evening/weekend/online format throughout the calendar year. Students may also select a Preprimary endorsement to go along with the Elementary (K-6) license.

Elementary Education majors benefit from increased confidence and an employment boost via the Elementary Education STEM Teaching Certificate awarded to all of our elementary education teacher candidates. 

In addition to qualifying for a Minnesota teaching license, graduate students can earn the master’s degree with the completion of two research courses. Depending upon the program and previous coursework completed as an undergraduate, graduate students typically take 18 months to 30 months to complete the program. Licensure work is offered in a specific sequence and time-frame but the timing of research courses is flexible based on student preference.


To educate teacher candidates to lead ethically and effectively by fostering transformative teaching and learning practices that promote social justice.

Social Justice

Social Justice is a core principle embedded in education courses. Addressing the achievement gap and inequities in K-12 schools is essential to the mission of social justice for educators. St. Kate’s teacher candidates will be challenged throughout the program to reflect upon ways they can implement culturally sustaining teaching practices and disrupt inequities in school systems and classrooms. 


St. Kate’s has been a leader in preparing teachers to effectively teach and integrate STEM into the elementary classroom. All elementary education majors at St. Kate’s earn an Elementary Education STEM Teaching certificate. The certificate reflects the specialized coursework St. Kate’s students receive that increases their confidence and competence to teach STEM in elementary classrooms.


St. Kate's is a recognized leader in literacy and has developed a literacy lab that partners with clinical cluster sites (our partnership with K-12 schools) to deepen student skills. Elementary education teacher candidates leave St. Kate’s with strong skills and knowledge to support K-6 literacy.

School-based Field Experiences 

The University's education programs incorporate more fieldwork than many other teaching-preparation programs. In partnership with K-12 schools, the fieldwork and student teaching experiences provide rich opportunities for students to collaborate with mentor teachers. To help prepare candidates for today’s diverse classrooms, all students receive placements across multiple grades and within schools that serve diverse populations of students. The extensive field experiences culminate with a semester-long student teaching experience at a clinical cluster site or cooperating schools in the metro area.

Personal Attention

All faculty bring significant P-12 teaching experience that helps them support teacher candidates with relevant and rigorous instruction. Education courses are intentionally small in size so that you can get the attention and support you need.


St. Kate's education department is a charter member 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.

Licensure and Accreditation

To be licensed, all Minnesota teacher candidates are required to take and pass a series of exams that measure basic academic skills and content knowledge and pedagogy for the age group and course content they will be licensed to teach. During the 14-week student teaching experience, students will complete the edTPA, a national performance assessment required by the State of Minnesota.

The Initial Licensure programs, approved by Minnesota's Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, meet the educational requirements to become a licensed teacher in the state of Minnesota. Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) we are unable to determine that our curriculum meets educational requirements for teacher licensure in states other than Minnesota. Since requirements vary from state-to-state, students wishing to teach in a state other than Minnesota should contact the respective state's teacher licensing office for licensure requirements. This information is accurate as of July 1, 2020.


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.


To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Baccalaureate degree: A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).

Grade point average:  A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required.

Initial Licensure -- Elementary K-6 Curriculum

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.

The courses for students pursuing the Elementary K-6 Initial Licensure are listed below.

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 Courses
INDI 5440Choosing and Using Books for Children4
PSYC 1001General Psychology with Lab4
PSYC 4010Educational Psychology4
or PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Total Credits77

Endorsement Option

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

Preprimary Endorsement Courses
ECED 3340Child in the Family4
EDUC 5110Foundations and Theories in Early Childhood Education2
EDUC 7290Methods and Materials in Kindergarten Education2
Total Credits8

Note: EDUC 7290 is already required for K-6 licensure students. Students with a K-6 license adding a pre-primary endorsement, are only required to take EDUC 5110 and FACS 3350.