Elementary Education

Persons earning this major are licensed as K-6 generalists.

Majors must complete the following:

Core Elementary Education (K-6) Requirements

Block 1

  • EDUC 210 Education’s Place in Society and Field Experience (4 credits)
  • EDUC 211 Field Experience I: Exploration (0 credits)
  • MTLE: Basic Skills or other Minnesota BOT approved licensure exam

Block 2

  • EDUC 330 Psychology for Teaching and Learning (4 credits)
  • EDUC 332 Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching (0 credit)
  • EDUC 329 Diverse Learners and Families (4 credits)
  • EDUC 350 Language Development, Literacy, and Literature I (4 credits)

Note: Allied Math and Science requirements must be completed as a prerequisite to Block 3.

Block 3 (Note: Allied Math, Science, and Social Studies requirements must be completed as a prerequisite to Block 3.)

  • EDUC 370 Language Development, Literacy, and Literature II (4 credits)
  • EDUC 371 Teaching Mathematics and Technology (4 credits)
  • EDUC 372 Teaching Science and Healthy, Active Living (4 credits)
  • EDUC 373 Teaching Social Studies and Fine Arts (4 credits)
  • EDUC 337 Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction (0 credit)

Block 4

  • EDUC 431 Use of Technology for Instruction (2 credits)
  • EDUC 460 Clinical Practice: Student Teaching and Seminar (10 credits)


  • Successful completion of Program Assessments at Transition Points
  • Demonstrated competence on all required state standards and MTLE II Pedagogy & Content Area exams required for licensure


Allied core curriculum courses to meet state competencies (must be completed before Block 3):

  • MATH 121 Structures of Elementary Mathematics I (4 credits)
  • MATH 122 Structures of Elementary Mathematics II (4 credits)
  • MATH 223 Structures of Elementary Mathematics III (4 credits)
  • Four (4) credits from each of the following areas - biology, chemistry, geology, physics.  Choose only from courses that are approved to meet the Natural Science core requirement (16 credits total)
  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits) OR SOCI 100 Intro to Sociology (4 credits)
  • POLS 104 American Government (4 credits)

The above courses will also fulfill the Social Analysis Core Curriculum Requirement

  • HIST 113 Early American in Global Perspective (4 credits) OR HIST 114 The Modern US in Global Perspective (4 credits)
  • HIST 112 or 115 or 116 or 118 or 119 (all non- US history courses - 4 credits each)

The above courses will also fulfill the Historical Studies Core Curriculum Requirement.

  • GEOG 113 World Geography (4 credits)

The above courses will also fulfill the Human Diversity Core Curriculum Requirement.

A concentration or minor is strongly recommended in one or more of the following areas:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics for Elementary Education)

Engineering Education

ESL Minor

SPED Minor

20-24 additional credits or minor in a content area such as English, History, Spanish, etc. 



To view a list of currently offered education courses click here.