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Elementary Education Degree Requirements 2020-2021

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 the first year or sophomore year; many of these courses will also fulfill liberal arts requirements:

  • ENL 111 – Effective Writing II
  • HPE 115 – Chemical Dependency Education

Math sequence for students

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

  • 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


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

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**
  • Complete either EDC 206 or both EDC 210 and EDC 211
    • EDC 206 – Diversity/Minnesota American Indians
    • EDC 210 – Diversity in the School (or EDC 110) and EDC 211 – 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 or the Interdisciplinary Studies 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.

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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