Elementary Education

A teacher communicates with sign language at the Metro Deaf School in St. Paul on October 2, 2013.

‌We all remember at least one of our elementary teachers — one of the key people who made a difference in our lives. Elementary educators work with young learners (K-6), teaching basic skills and knowledge that form the foundation of learning. Teaching at this level requires a unique combination of content knowledge, pedagogy, understanding of individual development and learning styles, and familiarity with learners’ families and communities.‌ Those who select this degree will:  

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn


Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)


When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms


 License & MA

License: 39+

MA:        42+


For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society
TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration
TEGR 512   Human Relations and Multicultural Education
TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning
TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching
SPED 750   Survey of Exceptionality
TEGR 550   Language Development, Literacy and Literature
TEGR 570   Language Development, Literacy and Literature II
TEGR 571   Teaching Mathematics and Technology
TEGR 572   Teaching Science and Healthy Living
TEGR 573   Teaching Social Studies and Fine Arts
TEGR 537   Field Experience III: (K-6) Elementary
CIED 551   Technology for Instruction
TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching
Allied Content & Middle Level Concentration Licensure Requirements

For the MA (add the following):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research

Full course catalog with descriptions


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How to Apply


  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). 
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form and one-time $50 application fee.
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas).
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
    • Transcript Review: All Teacher Education applicants seeking licensure must have a transcript review completed.  Official transcripts from all previous institutions are required.  Please contact the Teacher Education Department to request a transcript review form.  Email to  barr7879@stthomas.edu
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
    • International Applicants:
      1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
      2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Special Opportunities

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.