Elementary Education (B.S.)

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Elementary Education Degree

Bachelor of Science

Program Overview

The Elementary Education major is designed to prepare students for a public and private teaching career in grades K-6. The program is structured to meet the Minnesota Board of Teaching Elementary Education licensure requirements. Students interested in an Elementary Education major without an endorsement must have prior approval from the Teacher Education Department. The student must be accepted into the Teacher Education Department and meet all of the requirements.

Students apply for the Teacher Education Department during Foundations of Education. Students will be required to take the MTLE Basic Skills tests as part of their application to the department. Students who graduate from the Teacher Education department are eligible to apply for a first-time full professional license. In order to do so, students will need to have passed the MTLE Basic Skills, Pedagogy and Content tests.

For more program details see the course catalogue.

Elementary Education Major (B.S.) Courses

Program Requirements


I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits


II. General Education - 30 Credits


A. Middle School Communication Arts & Literature Minor - 19 Credits


B. Middle School Science Minor - 18-19 Credits


D. Preprimary Minor - 19 Credits


E. Elementary Education K-6 Only - 16 Credits


Students who want to pursue the K-6 Elementary Education license only must receive approval from the Teacher Education deparment.

Total - 125-128 Credits


1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

3 Fine arts courses include music, art, drama, and dance. COM 328  and COM 446  also qualify as fine arts electives. (Only three credits of music organizations and/or lessons can be counted toward humanities/fine arts requirements.)

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of credits needed for graduation would be toward the lower end of the range of total credits.

^ Requires a minimum passing grade of a "C".

Note: Student teaching is eligible for a Christian Service unit.

This program is subject to change based on the Minnesota State Board of Teaching licensing revisions.

Four-Year Suggested Program for the Elementary Education Major


Freshman Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


Take the MTLE: Basic Skills


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester - 17 Credits


Spring Semester - 17 Credits


Departmental Acceptance


Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Elementary Education major.

Junior Year


Senior Year


Footnote:


Following this plan will minimize scheduling problems. Failing to do so may prevent program completion in four years.

1 Must take one World Civilizations and one American Civilization course.



To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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