Elementary Education, BS Curriculum

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Liberal Arts and Education
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The B.S. degree in elementary education is a career-oriented program that prepares students to be effective teachers of children from kindergarten through grade six.

Graduates of this teacher education program design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children in elementary education classrooms. They are prepared to work collaboratively with families and in the community. Combined as a Dual Major with Early Childhood Education, significant opportunities for professional positions exist in these programs: kindergarten through 6th grade, infant and toddler care and education, preschool programs, Head Start, and early childhood family education. This degree program has three academic core areas of required coursework: education core, family core, and elementary education core.

Graduates with the elementary education emphasis will demonstrate competencies as described in the MN Board of Teaching, Rules 8710.3200, Standard for Teachers of Elementary Education and in MN Rules 8710.2000, Standards for Effective Practice for all Teachers.

Program Outcomes for Elementary Education Graduates will:

  1. understand and apply educational principles relevant to the development of young children;
  2. understand and apply the process of collaboration with families and other adults in support of the learning of young children;
  3. understand how to integrate curriculum across subject areas in developmentally appropriate ways;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts of language arts, reading, and literature, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education and health, and visual and performing arts;
  5. demonstrate ability in teaching approaches and instructional strategies to become effective teachers in the elementary level curriculum areas;
  6. have knowledge of and ability to use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective teaching;
  7. be able to create a motivating classroom learning environment; and
  8. demonstrate a view of professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.


Program Delivery

This program is available:

Admission Requirements 

Students must complete 30 credits before admission to the program.

A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:

2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
2.50 transferring from outside the University
  1. Register and complete the MTLE Basic Skills Exams - Subtest 1: Reading (test Code 001); Subtest 2: Writing (Test Code 002); Subtest 3: Math (Test Code 003).
  2. Submit Teacher Education Application PDF Icon to Department Head, Liberal Arts and Education; deadline is the last day of instruction per semester.
  3. Successful completion of Ed 2200 (Foundations of Education).
  4. Purchase at UMC Bookstore the Teacher Education Program Portfolio packet and Insert BOT Standards Reflections completed for work completed in Ed 2200.
  5. Submit writing sample - "Self-Reflection as a Prospective Professional Educator" PDF Icon.

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.

Admissions Requirement
Students must successfully complete Ed 2200 before being admitted to the Elementary Education B.S. program.
ED 2200 - Foundations of Education (3.0 cr)

General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.

Program Requirements

Note: Ed 3800 is a limited lab-like experience with a credit value of 0.5. The course is repeatable and students will be required to have at least 1 credit in Ed 3800.

Elementary Education Requirements
ECE 4700 - Creative Arts and Language Arts: Preprimary (4.0 cr)
ECE 4702 - Mathematics, Social Studies, and Sciences: Preprimary (4.0 cr)
ECE 4812 - Preprimary Student Teaching II (K) (4.0 cr)
ED 2877 - Social Studies in Elementary Education (2.0 cr)
ED 2878 - Science in Elementary Education (2.0 cr)
ED 3201 - Reading and Language Arts I (4.0 cr)
ED 3202 - Reading and Language Arts II (2.0 cr)
ED 3301 - Creating Meaning Through Literature and Arts (4.0 cr)
ED 3800 - Elementary Education Classroom Experiences (0.5 cr)
ED 3860 - Mathematics for Elementary Teaching (1.0 cr)
ED 3870 - Mathematics in Elementary Education (3.0 cr)
ED 4827 - Elementary Student Teaching (7.0 cr)


Education Core
ED 2300 - Introduction to Early Childhood and Elementary Education (3.0 cr)
ED 3901 - The Professional Teacher I (0.5 cr)
ED 3902 - The Professional Teacher II (0.5 cr)
ED 4500 - Teaching in Inclusive Learning Environments (4.0 cr)
ED 3000 - Cultural Immersion (1.0 cr)
ED 3010 - Child Guidance and Classroom Management (3.0 cr)
ED 3110 - Educational Psychology (3.0 cr)
EDHD 5009 - Human Relations: Applied Skills for School and Society (UMTC) (1.0 cr)
PUBH 1003 - Alcohol and College Life (UMTC) (1.0 cr)


Family Core
ECE 4730 - Understanding and Supporting Parenting (3.0 cr)
ED 4750 - Family, School, and Community Relations (3.0 cr) 


Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits are required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required.
ART 2000 - Elementary Art [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
ECE 2100 - Child Development and Learning [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)


Technology Requirements
Take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx

Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Program ManagementElementary Education

Students in the elementary education sub-plan study a broad base of content and pedagogical knowledge to become skilled teachers in elementary classrooms. In addition to their classroom coursework, students engage in clinical field experiences in area schools at each stage of their education program of study, culminating in a student teaching experience.

Students must take enough electives to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement. Approximately 13 credits will be needed. Exact number will depend on how the student selects their liberal education courses to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Preprimary Education Specialty
Students opting for the preprimary specialty sub-plan are required to take all of the required courses in the elementary education sub-plan, but instead of enrolling in 13 credits of elective coursework, students take a prescribed set of preprimary courses including an additional preprimary student teaching experience. Students graduating in this sub-plan will be qualified to teach children from age three through sixth grade.

Preprimary Education Specialty Requirements

ECE 4811 - Preprimary Student Teaching I (6.0 cr)
ECE 4880 - Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3.0 cr)

Students must take enough electives to satisfy the 120 credit graduation requirement. Approximately 4 credits will be needed. Exact number will depend on how the student selects their liberal education courses to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.