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Elementary Education Degree Requirements 2021-2022

Major and Licensure Requirements

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

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