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 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.
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 2070W||Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society||4|
|EDUC 2800||General Methods: Elementary||2|
|EDUC 3015||Methods and Materials in Mathematics||4|
|EDUC 3030||Methods and Materials in Science||2|
|EDUC 3050||Methods and Materials in Social Studies||2|
|EDUC 3080||Methods and Materials in Art for Elementary Teachers||2|
|EDUC 3110||Methods and Materials in Music||1|
|EDUC 3130||Methods and Materials in Physical Education||1|
|EDUC 3290||Methods and Materials in Kindergarten Education||2|
|EDUC 3490||Literacy Methods for Teaching the Intermediate Grades||4|
|EDUC 3540||Classroom Management and Assessment Techniques||4|
|EDUC 3550||Literacy in the Content Areas: Elementary||2|
|EDUC 3650||Student Teaching Seminar||2|
|EDUC 3812||Student Teaching Elementary||12|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|EXSS 1100||Fitness and Wellness||2|
|INDI 2440||Choosing and Using Books for Children||4|
|PSYC 1001||General Psychology with Lab||4|
|PSYC 2025||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||4|
|or PSYC 4010||Educational Psychology|
|Required STEM Courses|
|BIOL 1110||Environmental Biology with Lab||4|
|EDUC 2010||Physics and Engineering for Educators||3|
|EDUC 2030||Earth and Space Science for Educators||3|
|MATH 2500||Mathematical Structures||4|
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 Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and one other writing-intensive course in another department).