Students participate in a music class with music teacher Edward Schneider at Prodeo Academy public charter school in Columbia Heights.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Elementary educators work with young learners (K-6), teaching basic skills and knowledge that form the foundation of learning. In St. Thomas' Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program, you'll be inspired to be the kind of ethical, caring teacher children remember for never giving up on them. Teaching at this level requires an ability to connect with learners, their families and their communities. We help you develop a unique combination of content knowledge, pedagogy, understanding of individual development and learning styles.

Why Study Elementary Education at St. Thomas?

Through the elementary education major, you'll become licensed as a K-6 generalist. You also will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-6 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 closely connected with the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Mentored Clinical Practice
  • Course Requirements

    Fieldwork is coupled with wide-ranging coursework from literacy to mathematics, technology and psychology. A concentration or minor is strongly recommended in one or more of the following areas:

    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
    • Engineering Education
    • English as a Second Language
    • Exceptionalities

    Four-Year Plan

    Our faculty are here to develop your four-year plan catered to your personal and professional goals.

    Degree Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

    Mentored Clinical Practice

    Your teaching experience begins as early as your first education course. We support you as you develop your teaching skills. Throughout your student teaching, you’ll have regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers. The mentorship you receive will ensure your student teaching experience meets your needs and facilitates your growth, both personally and professionally.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    Fieldwork is coupled with wide-ranging coursework from literacy to mathematics, technology and psychology. A concentration or minor is strongly recommended in one or more of the following areas:

    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
    • Engineering Education
    • English as a Second Language
    • Exceptionalities

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    Our faculty are here to develop your four-year plan catered to your personal and professional goals.

    Degree Awarded

    Degree Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

    Mentored Clinical Practice

    Mentored Clinical Practice

    Your teaching experience begins as early as your first education course. We support you as you develop your teaching skills. Throughout your student teaching, you’ll have regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers. The mentorship you receive will ensure your student teaching experience meets your needs and facilitates your growth, both personally and professionally.

    A teacher works with a student on an in-class project. 

    Possible Careers

    • Elementary School Teacher
    • Education coach or consultant

    Quick Facts

    95%

    of our elementary and secondary teacher candidates pass rates on the Basic Skills and Pedagogy licensure exams on the first try.

    8

    Tommies have been named Minnesota Teacher of the year since 2000.

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    St. Thomas offers the only undergraduate elementary full-year, supervised teaching placement in the metro area.

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