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

St. Kate's prepares students for teaching licensure in two areas, including early childhood and elementary (K-6). For students who are working toward a K-6 teaching license or who have already completed a teaching degree, St. Kate's offers a preprimary (Ages 3 - K) endorsement.


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 is comprised of specialized coursework that St. Kate’s students complete to increase their confidence, competence, and comfort to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics skills and concepts in their teaching.


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 

Our licensure programs include courses and fieldwork experiences that leverage research-based theory with practical classroom skills. In partnership with K-12 schools, fieldwork and student teaching experiences provide rich opportunities for students to collaborate with mentor teachers. Furthermore, to help prepare candidates for today’s classrooms, all students receive placements across multiple grades and within schools that serve diverse populations of students. During the semester-long student teaching experience, teacher candidates participate in daily classroom activities and gain practical experience under the guidance of a licensed elementary teacher and a University supervisor.

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.


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 be able to communicate effectively in different ways with a variety of audiences. Therefore, the education department integrates literacy, process writing, technology and development of teacher dispositions across and throughout its curriculum.

Appeals Grievance Policy

Candidates in the teacher education programs at St. Catherine University are expected to follow the grievance and appeals procedures outlined at the University, found in the current University catalog. If any dispute is not settled after full implementation of the appeals processes as defined, the student may contact the Professional Educator and Licensing and Standards Board per MN Statute 122A.09, Subdivision 4c.


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 4010Educational 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 WomanCORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and one other writing-intensive course in another department).