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Application to Major

Application to the major

Application to the Elementary Education major is made during the spring semester of the Sophomore year. Students must be accepted to an education major before enrolling in EDU courses numbered 3000 or higher.

Apply online to the Elementary Education major

Application/Change of Major Form

Course schema

View the course schema in the advisement manual

Student handbook

School of Education Undergraduate Student Handbook

Licensure information

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, upon the request of a postsecondary student preparing for teacher licensure or a licensed graduate of a teacher preparation program, shall assist in resolving a dispute between the person and a postsecondary institution providing a teacher preparation program when the dispute involves an institution's recommendation for licensure affecting the person or the person's credentials. At the board's discretion, assistance may include the application of chapter 14.

CSS Education Association

What do we do?

Throughout the year we organize panels where teachers from Duluth come and speak to CSS students about a certain topic. Previous topics have been about Procedures, Hands on Learning, and Socio-Economic dynamics in a classroom. We also put on a book fair each semester. There are other smaller events or activities we try and do as well, like organizing SOE apparel sales and fundraising for charities.

The Education Association is open to any education student (K-12).  

Background check policy

The School of Education has implemented a Background Check Policy for all students enrolled in School of Education programs.

Full details of the background check policy

Application to Student Teaching 

Students should apply to student teaching in spring of their Junior year.

Application to Student Teaching | Elementary Education program


Field Experience and student teaching forms

NES Basic Skills Exams/MTLE Exams

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) website

MTLE Study Resources


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Course schedule

Wondering which classes are offered next semester? Looking for a CRN for registration?

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Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse EDU 1505 - Introductory Field Experience

Includes classroom visits and tutoring in a local school. Details of time and location will be shared in EDU 1540. A $50 background check is required before students are allowed to enroll in this course. This field experience portion of the introductory course is taken concurrently with EDU 1540.

Expand and Collapse EDU 1540 - Introduction to Teaching

Introduces schooling, teaching and the foundations of education. The major purpose is to help students clarify their thoughts and feelings about becoming a teacher. Topics include teachers, students, schools, teaching, curriculum, instruction, school governance, school finance, history of U.S. education, philosophy of education. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 1505.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2210 - Educational Psychology/Needs of Learners

Examines children’s cognitive, social, moral, and emotional development as a function of their social and cultural context: the school. The course introduces theories of intelligence, learning, memory, motivation, and behavior. Application of theory to practice is emphasized, with a focus on critical thinking, metacognition, models of instruction, and classroom management approaches.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2215 - Edu Psyc Field Experience

This field experience involves observing and helping in local schools. The student will connect learning from EDU course(s) to the field experience and produce documentation of said learning. Note: Completing and passing the SOE background study is required prior to starting this field experience.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2240 - Elm Phy Ed/Hlth/Drug Edu

This course stresses understanding, knowledge, attitudes and habits necessary for healthful living. It explores elementary school physical and health education content and pedagogy and prepares the K-6 educator for meaningful strategies that promote physical and health education in the classroom and beyond. Alcohol, drugs, and mood altering chemicals and their effects on the individual, the family and society are also addressed. School as well as community resources dealing with prevention, intervention, treatment and follow up are explored.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2260 - Visual and Performing Arts Methods

Examines the arts as a basic and essential form of human communication. Explores and analyzes integration of the arts as a way to increase student achievement. Students learn to integrate literature, art, drama, dance, and music throughout the curriculum by gaining a basic knowledge of the arts, reasons for integration, and integration strategies and principles. Students examine research and current school programs that integrate the arts across the curriculum.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2270 - Science/Tech Methods K-6

This is a pre-practicum course for individuals planning to teach science in grades K - 6. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the Nature of Science, teaching science as inquiry, and addressing student misconceptions. Methods for using technology effectively, managing materials and students safely and using state and district learner outcomes in planning will be addressed.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2271 - Social Studies/Techno Methods

While students will gain knowledge in the content of the social sciences, the primary goal of this course is to guide students in developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective teaching of elementary social studies. In addition to an emphasis on integrating technology into the Social Studies curriculum, students will experience the kinds of instructional methods and strategies that are recommended as current best practices. Students will engage in activities and assignments that will foster reflection and discussion addressing the components of geography, history, government, economics, and sociology.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2275 - Methods Field Experience I

Apply skills and knowledge examined in EDU 2270 and EDU 2271 in an elementary classroom setting. Students will focus on classroom culture and teacher professionalism, social studies and science methods, technology, and reflection. The field experience portion of the communications block must be taken concurrently with EDU 2270 and 2271.

Expand and Collapse EDU 2300 - Human Relations

Provides students with an understanding of the importance of using multicultural approaches and diversity sensitive behaviors in the classroom. Students explore their own monocultural/multicultural socialization and examine their own assumptions and beliefs as they study the complex dynamics of the teaching/learning relationship. Topics include: the social construction of difference - race, class, gender, and sexual orientation; power, privilege, and the dehumanization process; the relationship between education and social justice.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3000 - Capstone Portfolio

Provides students with an introduction to the Capstone Portfolio that is used as an ongoing assessment throughout the teacher licensure programs. Students are provided access to the electronic portfolio system and support in creating portfolio submissions.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3250 - Introduction to Exceptionalities and Special Education

Addresses teacher’s roles in educating children and youth with disabilities. Students examine the social construction of disability, disability legislation; rights and responsibilities of parents, educators, and students; and universal design for learning. Topics include historical and theoretical frameworks and legal mandates that have shaped the current field of special education, as well as the needs and characteristics of individuals with exceptionalities.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3615 - Methods Field Experience II

Reflects on her/his experience in the field placement classroom. Students apply skills and knowledge examined in EDU 3615 in an elementary classroom setting. The focus is on observation of classroom culture and teacher professionalism, math methods, technology, and reflection. The field experience portion of the communications block must be taken concurrently with EDU 3615. Field experience activities and application from EDU 3250 may be required in this course dependent on the student's course sequence.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3620 - Classroom Assessment

Inquires into the essence of the assessment process. The purpose and process of assessment will be investigated from a theoretical, phenomenological, personal, and experiential perspective. Topics include a brief history of assessment in education, underlying assumptions driving our assessment practices, the forms, purposes and effects of assessment used in classrooms today and new directions for assessment being advocated. This course is also listed as a benchmark course for the teaching portfolio. Students will share their whole portfolio with the education faculty to receive feedback.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3715 - Methods Field Experience III

Applies skills and knowledge examined in EDU 3710 in an elementary classroom setting. The focus is on observation of classroom culture and teacher professionalism, emphasizing literacy, reflection, and discussion while providing an opportunity to work with groups of children. The field experience portion of the communications block must be taken concurrently with EDU 3710. Field experience activities and application from EDU 3250 may be required in this course dependent on the student's course sequence.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3720 - Reading/Language Arts Methods

Examines the characteristics of a well-balanced developmental reading/language arts program. The primary purpose of the course is to prepare elementary school education majors to be successful teachers of reading and its related language arts components. Students examine how theory and practice come together in developing effective instructional strategies for elementary school students. Students become familiar with a variety of teaching methods. They learn how to effectively implement instruction in the reading areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension as well as spelling, oral and written language. Assessment, analysis, and resultant remediation plans will be conducted with elementary students as well as through classroom activities. Current research trends that emphasize a balanced approach to literacy instruction are the framework for the course. To gain skills in accessing and evaluating research, students will examine current research supporting effective reading/language arts instruction best practices.

Expand and Collapse EDU 3725 - Children's Literature

Provides an in-depth study of children's literature that focuses on the evaluation, selection, and sharing of children's books in instructional settings. Students will read, respond to, and evaluate picture books and chapter books of various genres. There is an emphasis on the identification and teaching of literary elements in context, strategies for sharing books with children, and the importance of using authentic children's literature in schools.

Expand and Collapse EDU 4500 - Student Teaching K-6

Provides students with a practical teaching experience in a local elementary or middle school under the supervision of a licensed teacher. This placement includes maintaining an environment conducive to learning; planning and teaching learning units (using both long-term and daily planning tools); developing assessments to evaluate students' learning; working with students with diverse learning needs; communicating effectively with students, parents/guardians, colleagues, and school support personnel; and participating in school activities.

Expand and Collapse EDU 4510 - K-6 Student Teaching Seminar

Helps students reflect on and deal with situations encountered in their student teaching experience. Attendance is required. Class discussions and reflections come from the daily challenges of being with students in a classroom setting. Time is also spent on discussing the job application, portfolio development, and licensure processes. Must be taken concurrently with EDU 4500.

Expand and Collapse MTH 1113 - Mathematical Ideas I

Topics selected to give a broad view of mathematics needed for a liberal education. Investigations emphasize mathematics needed by prospective teachers of elementary grades to address the strands: patterns and functions; number sense from whole numbers to real numbers. Prerequisite: three years of high school mathematics or instructor's permission.

Expand and Collapse PSC 1202 - Cosmic Systems

A study of the universe as a set of interacting, evolving systems: galaxies, stars, the solar system and the Earth with its rocks, oceans and atmosphere. Study includes investigations of the matter-energy cycles in these systems and the effects of natural and human interventions upon them. In-class investigations and discovery activities and field trips are part of this course. Mainly for elementary and middle school teacher education students.