Elementary License

Grades Covered by License

K-6

Locations

Offered at Minneapolis and Rochester

Required Licensure Courses

Non-Education Courses = 5-6 total courses

Licensure Courses = 22-24 total courses

Specific requirements and course descriptions are on file in the Education Department (refer to footnotes)

Completion Time

Average time for completion is 3 years, inclusive of completing non-education content courses in math, biology, physics, and earth science and student teaching.

Even accounting for content area courses and student teaching Augsburg’s Elementary licensure program takes longer to complete than others. Why?

Every Education Department faculty member has K-12 teaching experience in their respective backgrounds. When they designed our Elementary licensure program they took into consideration meeting State of Minnesota Board of Teaching requirements, and then they asked themselves is that sufficient to meet the pedagogical and professional expectations placed upon Elementary teachers? They also took into consideration that K-6 students are forming the foundation of knowledge that subsequent middle/high school and postsecondary learning will build. The result? A comprehensive program with additional time and training devoted to literacy, science, and math. The latter two subjects have a tendency to cause anxiety in teachers whose undergraduate background didn’t include extensive STEM subjects.

Endorsements

Optional endorsements in middle school specialty areas of communication arts, math, science, and social studies can be pursued with or separately from the K-6 license. Additional courses will extend overall completion time.

Schedule & Course Format

Minneapolis: Courses are offered weekday evenings, education courses typically are Tuesday and/or Thursday, and content area courses Monday and/or Wednesday

Rochester: Classes primarily meet weekday evenings at Bethel Lutheran Church.

Courses are typically Hybrid format, one week face-to-face meeting and next week assignment done online, applies to Minneapolis and Rochester

Sample Course Plan

Fall 2014: HPE115: Chemical Dependency | EDC200/522: Orientation to Education | EDC206/566: Diversity/MN American Indians (8 semester credits)

Spring 2015: MAT 138: Elementary Math 2 | EDC310/533: Learning & Development | EED341: K-6 Methods: Art | EED342: K-6 Methods: Music (9 semester credits)

Summer 2015: EED311: K-6 Methods: Health | EED312: K-6 Methods: PE | EED225/524: Foundations of Literacy | EDC220: Education Technology (7 semester credits)

Fall 2015: MAT137: Elementary Math 1 | EED325/525: K-6 Literacy | EED326: Literacy Field Experience | EED386: Children’s Literature (10 semester credits)

Spring 2016: EED350/550: K-6 Math | EED360/560: K-6 Science | EED380: Kindergarten Methods | EED370: K-6 Methods: Social Studies (10 semester credits)

Summer 2016: EED200: Earth Science | EED203: Physics (6 semester credits)

Fall 2016: EED336: Advanced Literacy Methods | EDC410/544: Learners with Special Needs | EDC490/580: School & Society (8 semester credits)

Spring 2017: Student Teaching (10-14 semester credits)

Footnotes

The number of supporting content area courses required for licensure depends upon the courses completed as part of the bachelor’s degree and/or other coursework. Requirements are determined by Minnesota licensure standards for specific college-level coursework in math, biology, physics, and earth science for all students seeking elementary licensure.

Previous coursework can be accepted into the licensure program if it meets Minnesota standards and if a grade of C or better was achieved. The Education Department and the content area departments determine the courses that are accepted. Transcripts, course descriptions, and course syllabi are used to make these determinations. Courses that are older than five years are judged on a case-by-case basis.