Elementary Education, BS

Elementary Education Major Core Course Requirements
The following courses are taken as a block by incoming freshmen students:
ED 101Introduction to Education and Lab3
ED 102Technology:Classroom Applications & Portfolio2
The following courses are recommended during the sophomore year:
ED 251Introduction to Child Growth & Development3
ED 418Kindergarten Methods & LAB3
MATH 110College Algebra3
MATH 129Mathematics for Elementary Education 13
SPED 290Introduction to Special Needs and Lab3
ED 312Human Relations for Teachers3
or SOCI 331 Racial & Ethnic Relations
The following courses may be taken either before or after the student has been admitted to the Teacher Education Program:
ART 270Art Education/Elementary3
ED 401Childrens Literature2
MUS 391Teaching Music in Elementary Schools3
PE 381Elementary School Physical Education2
TESL 431Foundations of Teaching ESL & Lab3
The following courses may be taken only after admission to the Teacher Education Program: 2
ED 402Early Literacy and Linguistics & LAB3
ED 403English Language Arts Methods & LAB3
ED 404Literacy Methods & LAB3
ED 423Classroom Management Theories and Practices & LAB 3,43
ED 424Elementary Mathematics Methods & Lab3
ED 425Elementary Science Methods & LAB3
ED 426Elementary Social Studies Methods & LAB3
ED 453Assessment in Education 3,42
ED 458Action Research3
ED 459Professional Development & Action Research1
ED 459LPre-Student Teaching Experience0-1
HLTH 491Elementary School Health Education 32
12 credits of student teaching are required for a semester-length experience: 4
ED 463Student Teaching:PreK - Grade 612
or ED 464 Student Teaching: K - Grade 8
Total Credits77-78

Prerequisite: MATH 110 College Algebra (3 cr.) must be taken prior to enrolling in MATH 129 Mathematics for Elementary Education (3 cr.).


Refer to the current Teacher Education application packet for information about the application process and criteria.


May be taken either junior or senior year.


Student teaching may include two placements, depending on licensure.
Refer to Education Program for course number needed for your area.

Note: Teacher licensure requirements given in this catalog are subject to change without notice to accommodate the requirements of licensure and accrediting agencies. These changes may be applied to students currently enrolled in the program. Students seeking a teaching license must complete a program approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching; the University will then recommend that an appropriate license be issued. Students interested in Teacher Education should ask for the most up-to-date information on teaching licensure requirements in the Education Department Office.


Students may choose one of the following emphases with the Elementary Education major:

Preprimary Education, Ages 3-517
Foundations: Parent-Child Relationships
Play & Creative Activities & Lab
Curriculum, Methods, & Assessments in Early Childhood & Lab
Leadership Issues in Early Childhood
Wellness, Safety, & Nutrition from Birth to Grade 3
Collaboration in Educational Settings
K-8 Spanish Education22
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish Composition & Conversation
Spanish Composition & Conversation
Spanish Electives
Select 6 credits of the following:
Study of 20th Century Literature
Spanish Culture & Civilization
Latin American Culture & Civilization
Independent Studies in Spanish
Required Education Courses
K-8 Methods: World Languages and Cultures-Spanish
Reading in the Content Areas
Spanish Requirements


ED 402Early Literacy and Linguistics & LAB3
ED 424Elementary Mathematics Methods & Lab3
ED 426Elementary Social Studies Methods & LAB3
ED 458Action Research3
ED 404Literacy Methods & LAB3
ED 425Elementary Science Methods & LAB3
ED 459
Professional Development & Action Research
and Pre-Student Teaching Experience

Courses taken during junior year have a common lab placement for the year.

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