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 pre-primary (ages 3-PreK) 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 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.


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 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 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.

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 2025Lifespan Developmental Psychology4
or PSYC 4010 Educational Psychology
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).