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Elementary Education Degree Requirements 2017-2018

Elementary Education majors are required to complete the following non-major and major courses. To be licensed they must also complete a student teaching experience. Degree-seeking students follow the Bachelor of Science Liberal Arts Foundation requirements.

Non-departmental Core Courses

These requirements should be taken during freshman/sophomore year; many of these courses will also fulfill liberal arts requirements:

ENL 111 – Effective Writing

HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education

Math sequence for students

(Do NOT take if seeking 5-8 math endorsement.) MPG 3 pre-requisite.

MAT 137 – Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (fall)

MAT 138 – Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II (spring)

Science sequence for students

(Do NOT take if seeking 5-8 general science endorsement.)

Option A is for Day students who do not have college-level science courses in their background.

BIO 102 – The Biological World or ENV 120 – Environmental Science


PHY 203 – Physics and Earth Science for Elementary Education Teachers

Option B is for weekday, AU*, and/or transfer students with at least one college-level science course accepted in transfer, or for weekday students who have already started this sequence.

PHY 203 – Physics and Earth Science for Elementary Education Teachers


EED 203 – Physical Science for Elementary Teachers (summer session, Time 1 only) and EED 200 – Elementary Education Earth Science (summer session, Time 2)


BIO 102 – The Biological World or ENV 120 – Environmental Science

Option C (Rochester only).

SCI 110 – Natural Science I (Physical Science)

SCI 111 – Natural Science II (Biological and Earth Science)

Major Courses

Foundations Block I

EDC 200 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting**

EDC 210 – Diversity in the School or EDC 110 – Teaching in a Diverse World (Freshman only)

and EDC 211 – Minnesota American Indians

or EDC 206 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians

EDC 220 – Educational Technology

EED 225 – Foundations of Literacy

Foundations Block II

EDC 310 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting

Methods Block I (Courses from this point on require admission to the department)

EED 311 – K-6 Methods: Health

EED 312 – K-6 Methods: Physical Education

EED 325 – K-6 Methods: Literacy

EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience**

EED 386 – K-6 Methods: Children’ Literature

Methods Block II

EED 336 – Advanced Literacy Methods**

EED 341 – K-6 Methods: Art

EED 342 – K-6 Methods: Music

EED 350 – K-6 Methods: Mathematics**

EED 360 – K-6 Methods: Science**

EED 370 – K-6 Methods: Social Studies/Thematics

EED 380 – Kindergarten Methods**

Capstone Block

EDC 410 – Learners with Special Needs**

EDC 490 – School and Society

Student Teaching Block

Student teaching is required for licensure. Students with an Elementary major who do not complete student teaching can graduate through the Elementary Education non-licensure major.

EDC 481 – Student Teaching: Initial License (12-14 weeks)

EED 489 – Teacher Performance Assessment and Student Teaching Seminar

Graduation and Licensure/ Endorsement Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.50 overall, 2.50 in the major, 2.00 in the specialty area, and grades of P in student teaching courses are required for licensure as well as C- or better in all required core, specialty, and education major courses. The equivalent of two full courses graded P/N, plus student teaching, is the maximum allowed within the Elementary Education major requirements.

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

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