Program of Study: Elementary (K-6) Licensure

Program of Study: Elementary (K-6) Licensure

In the MAED: Elementary option is right for you if you seeking to change lives through teaching and learning by starting a career as a licensed K-6 teacher.

The time is right for St. Kate's-prepared elementary teachers. St. Kate's teachers have a reputation for superior preparation, commitment, and passion for making a difference.

It all starts with a rigorous program of study and continues through hands-on, real-world clinical teaching experiences.  Focused preparation in literacy and learning technology will give you an added edge. And a commitment to social justice and caring will ground your teaching and get you ready for professional success. 

The 33-month program of study starts each fall. On-campus coursework is offered on an evening/weekend/online schedule for working adults. Fieldwork and student teaching obligations require weekday commitments.

Integrate STEM into your K-6 teaching

Another reason you'll get noticed? As part of your MAED: Elementary program of study, you'll complete a three-course STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching certificate. Research shows — and principals and other K-12 leaders know — that engagement in STEM needs to start at the elementary level in order for students to build the STEM competence they need to succeed at the secondary level and beyond. These courses, found only at St. Kate's, will help you stand out in a competitive teaching job market.

“It is imperative that our elementary school teachers have the confidence and content competence to teach children to become scientifically literate citizens of the future.  I have thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the excitement and enthusiasm our elementary education majors have shown as they gain this competence and confidence through the STEM certificate courses.” 

- Natasha Yates, Assistant Professor

Focus on racial equity and social justice in the K-12 classroom

Successful teachers know that teaching and learning is shaped by the social contexts in which children, youth and families live. In your first course, "Teachers as Leaders," you and other students will examine your own pace, class and gender experiences and gain a deeper understanding of the systemic practices, policies and ways of thinking that impact student success.

In lively "courageous conversations," you'll grapple with societal issues affecting teaching and learning that often have no definite resolution. You'll emerge better prepared to understand how social contexts shape student learning, and ready to promote social justice in the classroom.

Gain advanced skills in literacy

As a St. Kate's K-6 teacher candidate you'll participate in an on-site literacy lab at an elementary school. You'll practice your skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for acquiring information, developing understanding, and constructing responses to texts. You will learn to think critically about language, participate in self-assessment, and develop social interactions that support learning.

Make real-world connections: 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 MAED degree culminates with a semester-long student teaching experience at clinical cluster sites, cooperating schools in the Twin Cities metro area.

Your program of study will include: MAED Elementary Program of Study

1) Supporting courses

  • GEOG 2000: Human (Cultural) Geography
  • MATH 2500: Math Structures
  • PSYC 1001: General Psychology
  • PSYC 2025:  Lifespan Developmental Psychology

These courses are offered at the undergraduate level — some students have already met some of these requirements through their undergraduate degrees.

2) STEM teaching courses

  • PHYS 1200: Engineering in Your World
  • BIOL 1110: Environmental Biology
  • CHEM 1000: Chemistry of Life

3) Education courses

EDUC 5070 Teachers as Leaders for a Changing Society
EDUC 5490 School Health and Chemical Health (online)
EDUC 5800 General Methods: Elementary
EDUC 7010 Methods and Materials in Mathematics
EDUC 7030 Methods and Materials in Science
EDUC 7050 Methods and Materials in Social Studies
EDUC 7290 Methods and Materials in Kindergarten
EDUC 7540 Classroom Management and Assessment Techniques
EDUC 7650 Student Teaching Seminar
EDUC 7850 Student Teaching and Seminar: Elementary

Plus the following research courses:
EDUC 6750 Introduction to Educational Research Methods
EDUC 6600 Pathways to Equity Project

INDI 5440 Choosing and Using Books for Children

MAED K-6 and K-6 with Language

Courses listed on the PDF are required for all students seeking the K-6 Elementary. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor a course sequence to fit your individual needs. Enrollment in the K-6 Licensure graduate coursework begins in the Fall semester.