K-6 Elementary Education License

This program is designed to prepare teachers for grades K-6. Optional endorsements in middle school specialty areas of math, science, social studies, and communication arts and in pre-primary can be pursued along with or separately from the K-6 license. The teaching license and some endorsements are offered at both undergraduate and graduate levels through a mix of undergraduate courses and combined graduate and undergraduate courses. Graduate-level licensure coursework (500 and above) is available to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and have been admitted to the MAE program.

All of the following courses must be taken for K-6 elementary licensure. Up to seven courses may be taken at the graduate (500) level and applied toward the MAE degree.

  • EDC 200/522 – Orientation to Education in an Urban Setting*
  • EDC 206/566 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians
  • EDC 310/533 – Learning and Development in an Educational Setting*
  • EDC 410/544 – Learners with Special Needs*
  • EDC 490/580 – School and Society
  • EED 225/524 – Foundations of Literacy
  • EED 325/525 – K-6 Methods: Literacy*
  • EED 350/550 – K-6 Methods: Math
  • EED 360/560 – K-6 Methods: Science
  • EDC 591 – Topics

To complete the license, the following undergraduate requirements must be completed:

  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education
  • EDC 220 – Educational Technology
  • EED 326 – Elementary Reading K-6 Field Experience* (taken concurrently with EED 325/525)
  • EED 311 – K-6 Methods: Health
  • EED 312 – K-6 Methods: Physical Education
  • EED 336 – Advanced Literacy Methods*
  • EED 341 – K-6 Methods: Art
  • EED 370 – K-6 Methods: Social Studies/Thematics
  • EED 380 – Kindergarten Methods*
  • EED 386 – K-6 Methods: Children’s Literature
  • EED 481, 483, 485 – Student Teaching: Elementary K-6
  • EED 488 – TPA and Student Teaching Seminar

*Field experience hours are required in these courses. Students spend 20 or more hours per term in field experiences. These experiences occur in K-6 classrooms during the weekday. If more than one course with field experience is taken in a given term, field experience requirements expand accordingly (i.e., two courses with 20 hours of field experience each require a total of 40 hours).

Undergraduate Liberal Arts Requirements

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. Specific requirements are on file in the Education Department.

Minnesota licensure standards allow for optional subject area endorsements in communication arts/literature, social studies, math, and science. Subject matter courses for these endorsements will be available through a combination of weekday, evening and off-campus courses. The optional pre-primary endorsement is also available. Specific requirements for these endorsements are on file in the Education Department.

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. Graduate coursework accepted into the licensure program is not automatically accepted into the MAE degree. The program has limits on the amount and type of courses that are accepted. Grades of B or better are required for transfer consideration. See the MAE program director for approval of graduate coursework accepted in transfer.

Preprimary Endorsement for Elementary Licensure

This endorsement can be added to a K-6 elementary license. Required courses include the following:

  • PSY 250 – Child Development (PSY 105 is a prerequisite for this course)
  • SOC 231 – Family Systems: Cross Cultural Perspectives
    •  or SPE 490/540 – Parent and Professional Planning (Graduate students take SPE 540.)
  • ECE 345/545 – Foundations of Preprimary Education
  • ECE 346/546 – Learning Environments for Preprimary-Aged Children
  • ECE 347/547 – Immersion and Teaching Competence
  • ECE 488, 489 – Student Teaching: Preprimary