Students who complete the program will earn their Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and will have completed the requirements for a Minnesota K-6 teaching license.
Program completion time will vary by student based on type of associate's degree and number of applicable transfer credits earned.
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128 semester credits are required for graduation. Students will meet this requirement through a combination of transfer credits from a community college or an associate's degree, prerequisite coursework and the 63-68 credits required for the Elementary Education Degree Completion program.
The program curriculum is divided over a two-year period. Students must maintain a 2.8 GPA, earn a minimum grade of C in required and prerequisite courses, and follow the Program's policy on state-required licensure exams.
A new Cohort starts every fall. Students must have met several of the prerequisite courses listed below (equivalencies have been identified below). Call or email for more details and to determine your eligibility to start.
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.
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.
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.
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. Emphasizes 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.
Practice effective lesson planning, questioning and communication techniques, classroom management and developing effective and professional teaching dispositions. The teacher candidate will build classroom management skills and an understanding of how these are directly related to the management of time, instruction, resources and behavior in a classroom setting. Using self-reflective practices, the teacher candidate will begin to examine personal dispositions as they relate to teaching, learning and managing a classroom. The teacher candidate will have the opportunity to implement these skills in a field placement setting. This course requires 50 hours of field experience practicum within a local school.
Develop intercultural knowledge and competence for culturally responsive professional practices. Concepts of culture, identity, race, sexuality, power and privilege are examined through concrete learning tasks and course readings to enhance students’ ability to participate in the reconstruction of schools, communities and national assumptions about equity. Course readings and assignments provide students with opportunities to recognize inequity, respond to inequity, redress inequity and develop equitable practices to enhance and sustain equity. Students develop understanding that enhances their capacity to act on the idea that individually and collectively they can help change the world from poverty, discrimination and injustice to a world marked by equal access, equitable opportunities and respect for our shared humanity.
Addresses teachers’ 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 disabilities. This course contains a field requirement. Co-requisite: EDU 2600/EDU 3600/EDU 4600 for Education licensure Majors/Minors (who should register for this course at 3 credits); others not enrolled in one of those courses should register for 4 credits.
Provides opportunity for teacher candidates to develop knowledge and strategies to effectively use and integrate technology as a tool for teaching and learning in a K-12 classroom setting. Specifically, teacher candidates will meet the needs of all K-12 learners by using inclusive technology practices that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Teacher candidates engage in opportunities to collect, share and assess information. Teacher candidates will practice digital awareness, interrogate digital divides and critique technology tools developing proficiencies necessary in the field of education. The teacher candidate will have the opportunity to plan for and implement these practices in a K-12 field placement setting. This course requires 50 hours of field experience practicum within a local school.
Focuses on best practices and current research trends that enable learners to be successful teachers of mathematics in the K-6 classroom. Learners analyze and evaluate current research, teaching strategies and philosophies related to teaching K-6 mathematics. Helps future teachers build a basic foundation concerning pedagogy, standards based instruction, technology use, and equity.
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.
Provides opportunity for teacher candidate will develop knowledge and strategies to effectively plan for, deliver, and apply assessment processes as a tool for improving teaching and learning in a K-12 setting. Specifically, as an inquiry into the essence of the assessment process, Teacher Candidates will interrogate the purpose and process of assessment through theoretical, phenomenological, personal and experiential perspectives. Teacher Candidates will explore a brief history of assessment in education and underlying assumptions driving our assessment practices. Additionally, the forms, purposes and effects of assessment utilized in classrooms today, along with new directions being advocated, for the field of education will be researched and applied. Teacher Candidates will critique and practice inclusive assessment processes to meet the needs of all K-12 learners. The Teacher Candidate will have the opportunity to plan for, implement and reflect upon these practices in a K-12 field placement setting.
Student Teaching Internship and Seminar: Provides teacher candidates with a practical, real world teaching experience in a K12 school setting, under the supervision of a licensed Cooperating Teacher. While in the K12 classroom setting, teacher candidates will be formally observed and evaluated, as well as be given feedback and support by the Cooperating Teacher and College Supervisor as he/she plans and delivers content specific units and works with students who have diverse learning needs. The teacher candidate also practices and hone effective communication skills with parents/guardians and school support personnel. The teacher candidate plans and completes the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) during student teaching which is a full-time experience for a full semester. During Seminar teacher candidates unpack and reflect on the student teaching experience and critical issues relevant to the teaching profession. The seminar also examines inclusive models and strategies of effective classroom management, problem solving and evidence-based best practices that may positively impact student learning . Information and support will also be provided for completing their professional resume and cover letter, preparing for a job search, and applying for their Minnesota teaching license.
Students must also complete a religious studies course, plus one additional 4 credit upper-division elective.