Education - Elementary

Evening|Weekend|Online B.A. or B.S. in Elementary Education

  • For adult students seeking to finish bachelor's degree and start careers as K-6 teachers.
  • St. Kate's strong reputation in the regional K-12 community will position you well in the educational job market
  • Preparation in STEM education — found only at St. Kate's — gives you an extra edge
  • Flexible course scheduling blends evening/weekend meetings with online learning.
  • Affordable tuition rates and access to financial aid.
  • Transfer in your previous credits — graduate sooner.

Next steps

An education degree from St. Kate's will get you noticed. Many principals tell us that they put St. Kate's graduates' resumes at the top of the pile when making hiring decisions. 

Through Evening/Weekend/Online at St. Kate’s, you can earn a bachelor's degree and prepare for a career as an elementary teacher with an K-6 license. You may add to your K-6 license a Pre-Primary (Age 3-PreK) endorsement, or a Communication Arts and Literature (grades 5-8) endorsement. Find out more about your Evening/Weekend/Online elementary education degree plan.

Get connected: fieldwork and student teaching

Get ready to get connected to real-world teaching: In partnership with regional K-6 schools, you'll take part in fieldwork and student teaching experiences — rich opportunities to collaborate with mentor teachers. You'll put into practice the theories you learned on campus so that, by the time you graduate, you'll have the practice-ready skills you need to address the needs of K-6 learners.

You will spend up to 50 hours gaining hands-on, classroom experience each semester — beginning with the first class, “Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society.” The degree culminates with a semester-long student teaching experience at clinical cluster sites, or cooperating schools, in the metro area. Find out more about student teaching and fieldwork.

Focus on literacy

To be a successful elementary teacher, you need in-depth expertise on literacy development. At St. Kate's, you'll have opportunities to learn with several noted literacy researchers and experts among our faculty, and a literacy lab that partners with our clinical cluster sites to deepen your skills. St. Kate's Community Work and Learning can connect you with America Reads, which pairs St. Kate’s students with local organizations and schools such as the YWCA–St. Paul and Anishinabe Academy.

Integrate technology into learning

All education courses at St. Kate’s have technology components for effective teaching in the K-12 classrooms of today. These include interactive whiteboards, document cameras and podcasts.

Integrate STEM learning into your teaching

Another reason you'll get noticed? As part of your elementary education major, you'll complete a three-course STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) certificate. Principals and other K-12 leaders know that STEM learning needs to start early, at the elementary level, in order for students to build up to the essential STEM knowledge they need by the time they graduate from high school.

Get support and mentoring

You'll connect with St. Kate's education faculty — enthusiastic teachers, respected scholars and diligent researchers — who pride themselves on developing personal teaching relationships with each student. They are knowledgeable in many areas, including art, mathematics and the sciences, gifted education and multicultural education.