College of Education

Elementary Education/Teaching Major (Grades K-6) (BA Traditional)

Students who complete this major and other state requirements are eligible to apply for a Minnesota teaching license for grades K through 6 (Elementary).

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Prerequisites from General Education
Approaching Art (2)
Earth Science (4)
Foundations of Elementary Mathematics (3)
Listening to Life: Western Classical Music (2)
Listening to Life: Global & Popular Music (2)
Introduction to Psychology (4)
Select one of the following:
Biology Today (3)
Biology I: The Unity of Life
and Biology II: The Diversity of Life (8)
Required Education Courses
ECE 323Kindergarten Methods2
ECE 324Language Development and Emergent Literacy (+15 hours HR Activity)3
Select one of the following:2
Young Children with Special Needs (+15 hours HR Activity) (2)
The Inclusive Classroom (+15 hours HR Activity) (2)
ED 201Foundations of and Introduction to Education (+15 hours HR Activity)3
ED 330Human Diversity and Relations (+15 hours HR Activity)2
ED 336Educational Psychology3
ED 342Teaching Literacy4
ED 344The Effective Teacher3
ED 356Teaching Elementary Science/Environmental Education 3
ED 357Teaching Elementary Social Studies2
ED 360Content & Mthd for K-6 Mathema3
ED 371Teaching Practicum3
ED 446Teaching Elementary Music1
ED 447Teaching Elementary Art1
ED 448Teaching Methods for Elementary/Middle School Movement Education1
ED 471Student Teaching15
KHS 470Health Education for Teachers2
PSY 210Child Psychology and Development4
Total Credits57

Endorsements to be Added to Elementary Education Majors

Grades 5–8 Communication Arts and Literature Endorsement

Required Education Courses
ED 477Teaching 5-8 Communication Arts/Literature1
ED 487Reading Across the Content Areas3
Required Content Courses
COM 212Public Speaking4
COM 222Social/Mass Media Communication4
ENG 324Teaching Writing 1:12
ENG 330Young Adult Literature2
Select one ENG 300 level literature class4
Total Credits20

Grades 5–8 Middle School Mathematics Endorsement

Required Education Courses
ED 475Teaching 5-8 Mathematics1
ED 487Reading Across the Content Areas3
Required Content Courses
MAT 110Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
MAT 135Calculus I4
MAT 220Discrete Mathematics3
MAT 305Foundations of Geometry3
Total Credits17

Grades 5–8 Social Studies Endorsement

Required Education Courses
ED 476Teaching 5-8 Social Studies1
ED 487Reading Across the Content Areas3
Required Content Courses
GE 101Human Geography2
HIS 212Introduction to History4
HIS 231USA to 18774
or HIS 233 USA since 1877
HIS 320Minnesota History2
POL 131Government and Politics4
SOC 152Introduction to Sociology4
Total Credits24

Pre-Primary Endorsement

ECE 321Pre-Primary Education3
ECE 324Language Development and Emergent Literacy 3
ECE 427Authentic Assessment and Guidance in ECE2
ECE 326Building Primary Classrooms3
FAS 400Family Systems, Structures and Relationships4
Total Credits15