Undergraduate Majors

As an undergraduate student pursuing the field of education at the University of St. Thomas, you will have several licensure areas to choose from.  Please contact us if you have further questions.

 

MajorProgram Description
Chemistry (9-12)

Chemistry educators provide learners in grades 9-12 a critical link between physics and natural sciences while helping them understand matter at its most fundamental level. In addition to an initial licensure, Chemistry teachers also earn an endorsement in general science, qualifying them to teach in grades 5-8. Science is a high-demand area.

For course program specific information, visit the Chemistry (9-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Communication Arts & Literature (5-12)

Educators in the field of Communication Arts and Literature teach learners in grades 5-12 a wide variety of oral and written communication skills. Their learners also begin to understand the plethora of ways in which humans communicate and learn about the world through the study of literature. In addition to being prepared to teach communication arts and literature, graduates of this program can take their ability to teach communication skills into the business, governmental and non-profit worlds. 

For course program specific information, visit the Communication Arts and Literature (5-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Earth & Space Science (9-12)

Earth-space science is a broad course of study that draws from many disciplines – including physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics – to build a comprehensive understanding of how the earth, its systems and the cosmos in which it exists all work. Teachers in this content area help learners in grades 9-12 understand our home planet and its environment in space. Teachers also earn an endorsement in general science, qualifying them to teach in grades 5-8.

For course program specific information, visit the Earth and Space Science (9-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Elementary Education (K-6)

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.

For course program specific information, visit the Elementary Education (K-12 Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

 

Health Education and Physical Education

Health Education (5-12) and Physical Education (K-12) are now offered in a combined major format.  Teachers in health education help learners (5-12) develop psychomotor skills, understand how the human body works, and build and maintain good health overall. In addition, teachers in health encourage healthy behaviors in children and youth who may feel invincible, while helping their learners see their responsibility in the choices they make.  Physical Education instructors in grades K-12 learn the basic skills of activities that can lead to physical fitness throughout their lives. In addition, these teachers help students understand the value of physical activity and fitness as an element of overall health management.

For course program specific information, visit the Physical and Health Education Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Music Education - Instrumental (K-12)

Students in this program gain the skills needed to teach students to play brass, woodwind, string and percussion instruments. Music teachers are able to share that knowledge with learners in grades K-12 and are also prepared to teach general music courses, helping their learners develop a greater appreciation of music in all its forms. Musical training can reduce stress; improve memory; increase time management, organizational and team-building skills; and improve overall academic performance.

For course program specific information, visit the Music Education - Instrumental Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Music Education - Vocal (K-12)


Teachers in this area have developed the skills and gained the experience needed to lead choral ensembles and to teach general music classes for grades K-12. In addition to building their own musical skills, they have learned the musical pedagogy that will help them transfer those skills to their learners.

For course program specific information, visit the Music Education - Vocal Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Life Science (9-12)

Life science brings together the scientific disciplines that study living things, including biology, botany, genetics, medical science, psychiatry and zoology. Together, these disciplines seek to understand how living things exist and interact. Science teachers are in high demand at all levels. Preparation in this program leads to a grades 9-12 teaching license. Teachers also earn an endorsement in general science, qualifying them to teach in grades 5-8.

For course program specific information, visit the Life Science (9-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Mathematics (9-12)

Teachers in this content area help students understand mathematics in its many forms, including algebra, geometry and calculus. You will learn to help students apply these skills, relieve “math anxiety” and realize their mathematical ability. These skillsets are in high demand in the workplace, increasing the demand for high quality math teachers.

For course program specific information, visit the Mathematics (9-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Physics (9-12)

One of the oldest academic disciplines, physics focuses on the motion, energy and force of matter. Teachers prepared in this content area work with learners in grades 9-12, engaging them as they discover the wonders of physics. By adding an endorsement in general science, program completers can also teach science in grades 5-8.  Both levels of science are high demand educational fields.

For course program specific information, visit the Physics (9-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

Social Studies (5-12)

Social studies is a broad content area that includes the core disciplines of history, political science, geography, economics, psychology and sociology.  Teachers in the area of social studies have the critical role of helping learners understand their own society as well as the global community. In addition to being prepared to teach social studies in grades 5-12, graduates of this program can bring a unique understanding of culture, history and economics to business settings

For course program specific information, visit the Social Studies (5-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog

World Languages and Cultures (K-12)

Learning a language offers a way to understand the world in which we live. Spanish K-12 teachers worth with students on how to speak, read and write Spanish. In addition, world language teachers help their learners understand the cultures in which these languages are spoken, facilitating their transformation into global citizens.

For course program specific information, visit the World Languages and Cultures (K-12) Undergraduate catalog

For general Education major information visit the Undergraduate Education (EDUC) catalog