Elementary and Literacy Education

Undergraduate Programs

Majors

Program Locations Total Credits
Elementary Education BS BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
  • Normandale
120

Certificates

Program Locations Total Credits
Elementary Education STEM CERT
  • Mankato
  • Normandale
20

Minors

Program Locations Total Credits
Middle School Communication Arts Literature Minor
22

Policies & Faculty

Policies

Note: Requirements related to teaching majors are subject to change as new rules governing teacher licensure are adopted by the Board of Teaching.

Admission to the Major

  1. Completion of 30 credits. 
  2. Minimum grade of “B” in ENG 101 and CMST 100 or CMST 102. 
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better. 

Admission to Professional Education

  1. Minimum grade of “B” (ENG 101, CMST 100 or CMST 102) 
  2. MATH 201; EEC 215 and EEC 222W 
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher 
  4. Completion of 40 credits 
  5. Completion of or registration for Basic Skills Examination 
  6. Completion of National Criminal Background Check 
  7. Proof of liability insurance 

Admission to Blocks. Admission to Blocks is based upon an application process and is competitive based upon cumulative GPA. While in Blocks students will be monitored for: 

  1. Successful completion of coursework 
  2. Successful completion of field experiences 
  3. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher 
  4. Evaluation of professional dispositions 
  5. Completion and validation of application materials one year prior to student teaching semester. 
  6. Completion of National Criminal Background Check. 

Admission to Student Teaching (119 Armstrong Hall)

Director of Office of Field and International Experience: Elizabeth Finsness, Ph.D.

Student teaching at Minnesota State Mankato is a results-oriented, performance based 16-week program requiring the demonstration of an acceptable level of teaching performance in the areas of planning and preparation, enhancing the learning environment, teaching for student learning, and professionalism. Multiple methods of assessment are used and evidence collected to provide a view of the teacher candidate’s skills and dispositions. These methods include direct observations of teaching activities by public school and university faculty, the use of videotaped lessons and activities for self-assessment, use of logs, participation in learning communities, and participation in activities reflective of the professional responsibilities of teachers (e.g., parent conferences). The Director of the Office of Field and International Experience requests placements for all teacher candidates in partner districts, especially our Professional Development Schools. Teacher candidates should not contact schools regarding their placement. 

Admission to the student teaching experience is contingent upon completion of: 

  1. Completion of all coursework in major and General Education requirements. 
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher; grades of “C” or higher in all program requirements. 
  3. Admittance to Professional Education. 
  4. Completion of all professional education course work. 
  5. Completion and validation of formal application materials one year prior to student teaching semester.
  6. Attendance at all preliminary student teaching meeting(s).
  7. Recommendation of advisor.
  8. Approval of placement by school district administration, a mentor teacher, and Director of the Office of Field and International Experience, and completion of Minnesota State Police Background check materials. 

Application material and specific deadline dates are available online at http://ed.mnsu.edu/field/studentteaching/applications.html

EEC 463 Pre Student Teaching and EEC 473 Student Teaching make up a year-long student teaching experience. Year-long student teaching placements are consecutive and take place during the last two semesters in the same one classroom. These typically take place in our professional development schools.

Study abroad experiences may be available during student teaching. Selection is based on personal interview, faculty recommendation, and grade point average. Students develop interpersonal communication skills and dispositions for living in a global society. Student participating in study abroad opportunities will be required to complete course requirements in a shorter timeframe, but they are compatible with the year-long student teaching experience. Additional fees will be incurred with participation in student teaching abroad programs. 

Teacher Licensure (118 Armstrong Hall)

Coordinator: Marisel Riquelme 

The University recommends licensure to a state upon satisfactory completion of a licensure program. However, licensure does not occur automatically through graduation and the awarding of a diploma. Students need to make application for a Minnesota teaching license at the close of the term in which they graduate. The College of Education, 118 Armstrong Hall, coordinates the licensure process. In addition to meeting all program requirements, the Basic Skills examination in reading, writing, and mathematics needs to be successfully completed, as well as the Elementary Pedagogy and Content examinations. Minnesota State Law requires that all candidates applying for initial licensure in this state be fingerprinted for national background checks. A conduct review statement will also need to be completed and signed. There is a $31 fee for the criminal background check. The fee for the issuance of a Minnesota teaching license is $57.

GPA Policy. All coursework listed in the elementary Education degree requires a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a grade of “C” or higher. Students must achieve at least a 3.00 GPA in Professional Education courses. 

University Requirements: University Requirements: A student may apply for admission to a combined undergraduate/graduate program. The student must complete at least 60 undergraduate credits before applying to a graduate program. A max of 12 credits at the 400/500-level may be double-counted toward both an undergraduate and graduate program. The graduate program advisor will authorize the double-counted courses for which a student may register. A student pays graduate tuition for a double-counted course. A student must be registered for a double-counted course in the same semester (e.g., no backdating of a 400-level to a 500-level is permitted).

Department Requirements: This is for undergraduates pursuing a STEM Certificate in Elementary Education. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in STEM related courses.

Admission to major and Professional Education is granted by the Advising Office, 117 Armstrong Hall.

 

Contact Information

328 Armstrong Hall

http://ed.mnsu.edu/eec/

Faculty

200 Level

Credits: 3

A Foundational course for early childhood education majors. Observation in early learning settings, understanding of the diversity of early childhood programs, introduction to teaching and early learners.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-2

An early course for elementary education majors. Exploration of the career field, introduction to the role of standards in education, overview of general methodology for the elementary classroom.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-12

Credits: 4

This course provides students opportunities to: 1, understand the theories and contributions of major educational psychologists and theorists; 2, develop and demonstrate skills in educational technologies; and 3, develop context for the knowledge and skills described above through activities/field experience.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Study of interpersonal skills, motivation and group skills. Applied to educational settings. Meets State of Minnesota human relations requirement for teacher licensure.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-07, GE-11

Diverse Cultures: Gold

Credits: 3

Introduction to developmental theorists who have impacted early childhood education. Explores child growth and development from prenatal to age eight.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

An experience/project designed by the student and advisor to provide for further study of a topic or component within the realm of elementary education. Could be exploratory in nature.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

An opportunity to truly research an area within elementary education to provide a more in depth understanding.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Health, safety, and nutritional needs of young children (birth - age 8) as well as educators' ethical and legal responsibilities related to child abuse. Includes CPR training.

Prerequisites: none

300 Level

Credits: 1

Individually-designed field experience in an elementary education classroom. Variable credits for 30-hours of practical experience in consultation with academic advisor and cooperating classroom teachers.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Methods for young children's visual and performing arts to enhance children's initiative, creativity, and self-esteem while focusing on fine motor development.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Foundational knowledge and early skills in serving young children with disabilities. Includes projects in the community related to observations, interviews, and hands-on service learning with young children, families, and professionals. Fall

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

This course is designed to provide math content to assist the middle school level math educator.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Advanced methods and approaches for organizing the classroom for effective instruction and for addressing more serious discipline matters.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-4

An opportunity to explore in an extended manner many of the current trends and issues within the elementary school setting to gain a more in-depth understanding.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 10-13

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Prerequisites: none

Credits: 13

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Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Develop curriculum and design environment for young children at three ages: infant, toddler, three to four year olds. Coreq: EEC 366

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Clinical experiences to accompany EEC 365 Interaction strategies, learning environments, parent communications. Coreq: EEC 365

Prerequisites: none

400 Level

Credits: 1

To provide the methods and materials necessary to teach music in the elementary classroom.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

For teachers of students whose dominant language is other than English.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course is designed to provide necessary methods and materials for use in teaching art in the elementary classroom.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

The middle school concept, curriculum, and teaching methods.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

This course is designed to develop elementary teacher candidates¿ understanding of mathematics content, children¿s mathematical thinking, and creating high-cognitive demand tasks as well as cultivating an equity mindset that is needed to teach mathematics to increasing diverse student populations. This course will strengthen teacher candidates¿ understanding of number sense, place value, addition, and subtraction concepts taught in primary grade classrooms.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Instructional strategies, theories of curriculum and development, integrated curriculum for kindergarten children. Coreq: EEC 413 for early childhood education major only.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Clinical experience to accompany EEC 412. Coreq: EEC 413 for early childhood education majors only.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course is designed to prepare the elementary classroom teacher with methods and materials for teaching physical education.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Assessment (benchmarking, progress monitoring & diagnostic) and strategies for assisting struggling learners in reading and mathematics within the Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Coreq: EEC 424 and Eng. 491

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This course explores young children's (birth to age 8) development of emergent literacy skills related to reading, writing, visual representation, speaking, listening, and viewing. The role of parents and early childhood learning environments are included. Observation, assessment, and strategies to promote emergent literacy are discussed. The use of appropriate children's literature is promoted.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

A field experience focused on diagnosis and remediation of the struggling reader.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Provides elementary education majors with information about special needs students in the regular classroom. Including strategies for effectively teaching and managing behavior of these students.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 2

Students will develop the knowledge they need to understand the difference between assessment and evaluation; what validity, reliability and bias mean; the uses, advantages and limitations of different types of assessments and how to interpret their results. Students will also design assessments and scoring instruments.

Prerequisites: EEC 333 

Credits: 3

Presents strategies for teaching reading and writing knowledge, attitudes and skills in the various teaching content areas.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

TThis course is designed to develop elementary teacher candidates¿ understanding of mathematics content, children¿s mathematical thinking, and high-leverage practices as well as cultivating an equity mindset that is needed to teach mathematics to increasing diverse student populations. This course will strengthen teacher candidates¿ understanding of multiplication, division, fraction, decimal and algebraic concepts taught in intermediate classrooms.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Selection and organization of content, materials, activities, and procedures for the elementary classroom.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Core skills for early childhood teachers to be able to conduct developmental screenings, perform child observations, administer criterion-referenced tests, develop authentic assessments designed for ongoing progress monitoring, and interpret standardized assessments. Red flags for referral to special education included. Spring

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A theoretical and practical base for conferencing and collaboration with parents of children with special needs and other professionals during the IFSP or IEP team process. Spring

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Emphasis on parent-teacher relationships for effective learning of children through the elementary grades. Includes introduction to Early Childhood Family Education.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course provides hands-on experiences through which students learn the basics of engineering. Topics include the engineering design process, reverse engineering, and engineering fields/professions. The course focuses on the engineering strand of the K-6 Minnesota State Science Standards.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Science/health/math experience in elementary classrooms. Coreq: EEC 322, 324, 407, 421, 444

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

TThis course is designed to develop elementary teacher candidates¿ understanding of mathematics content, children¿s mathematical thinking, and high-leverage practices as well as cultivating an equity mindset that is needed to teach mathematics to increasing diverse student populations. This course will strengthen teacher candidates¿ understanding of multiplication, division, fraction, decimal and algebraic concepts taught in intermediate classrooms.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Students will investigate developmentally appropriate reading and literacy curriculum and methodology for primary grade students. Course will include strategies for teaching literacy. Coreq: EEC 441, 442, 443

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

Field experience related to the Primary Grade Methods and Materials courses EEC 440 and EEC 442. Students will observe and teach primary-age children. Students will implement developmentally appropriate activities and lessons related to literacy, social studies, mathematics and science.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Students will investigate developmentally appropriate methods and materials for the teaching of math and science in the primary grades. Course will include techniques for planning an interdisciplinary approach to teaching math and science.FallCo-Req: EEC 440, EEC 441 & EEC 443

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide students with a variety of experiences and teaching methodologies for teaching life science topics in the elementary classroom.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

A theoretical and practical methods course pertaining to children¿s intermediate literacy development.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Elementary education teacher candidates will study the technology skills needed in order to become effective STEM teachers.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-2

The practicum consists of a minimum of four weeks during which candidates teach in the specific academic subject for the new licensure field. Those holding a license at the elementary level complete the experience with students in grades 7 or 8. Those who hold a license at the secondary level complete the experience with students in grades 5 or 6. The focus is on applying the standards of effective practice in teaching students, demonstrating both knowledge of the academic subject and students as well as the pedagogical skills required at the middle level.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course is designed to provide students with a variety of experiences and teaching methodologies for teaching physical science topics in the elementary classroom.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Facilitation of understanding of supervising staff, program management and leadership in early care; addresses issues and methods for personnel working in public and private settings for young children from birth to age 8.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1

This course provides students with familiarity in regard to emerging topics of importance in elementary STEM education.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

This course is the first semester of elementary (K-6) student teaching. It includes lesson planning, small and whole group teaching, designing assessments and planning interventions.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 12

Student teaching with young children in a kindergarten/primary grade classroom + seminar.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

In this pedagogy course, elementary teachers will learn to integrate the four disciplines of STEM; science, technology, engineering, and math.

Prerequisites: EEC 436

Credits: 1

Field experience focusing on the struggling reader and instruction in an integrated approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 12

Student teaching in the elementary school. Includes weekly seminar. Prereq: Methods Courses; admission to student teaching.

Prerequisites: Methods Courses; admission to student teaching.

Credits: 3-6

Student teaching projects determined jointly by student and advisor.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-3

The workshop format provides teachers and others opportunity to study a specific topic in a shortened, hands-on course.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 4

Student teaching in a second content area for a full-day, half-semester, in a middle school setting. For elementary students student teaching in middle school.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3-6

Provides clinical experiences for pre-service teachers; extends laboratory experiences for those who have completed pre-student teaching experiences.

Prerequisites: Required methods 

Credits: 1-4

By contract between student and faculty member.

Prerequisites: none