Elementary (K-6)

Elementary (K-6)

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STEM Certificate for Elementary Licensure Candidates (K-6)

Our program provides teacher candidates with expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to effectively teach elementary students. In three hands-on STEM courses, co-taught by a faculty member from the education department and a biologist, chemist and engineer, real-life issues are explored using technology, scientific equipment and outdoor field activities.  Research says, learners need to be engaged in STEM early and often to build the confidence and knowledge they need to be successful in their academic career and beyond.  Elementary teacher candidates are uniquely prepared to meet this need.

“21st Century wicked problems require solutions discovered and developed through science and engineering.  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

The experiences of children, youth, and families in U.S. schools are shaped by the social contexts in which teaching and learning unfold. Teacher candidates need a deep awareness of the ways in which practices, policies, and systemic ways of thinking impact students' abilities to succeed in school (Pollock, 2008).

"In Teachers as Leaders, students begin to build this awareness by looking inward at their own identities. They write about how their racialized, classed, and gendered experiences shape how and what they observe in their clinical settings. We also engage in "courageous conversations" (Singleton & Hays, 2008) (to grapple with societal issues that affect teaching and learning) that often have no definite resolution. It is challenging work, but so worth it. I feel so good about the fact that teacher candidates from St. Catherine University will be the kind of educators who promote social justice in the classroom."  Dr. Sarah Hansen, Assistant Professor

Literacy Lab

Along with on campus coursework, K-6 teacher candidates participate in Literacy Lab in partnership with an elementary school. While at the school, teacher candidates practice using their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing for acquiring information, developing understanding and constructing responses to texts in various forms. Think critically about language, participate in self-assessment, and develop social interactions that support learning are emphasized.

Extensive School-base Field Experiences

In Partnership with our K-12 schools, the fieldwork and student teaching experiences provide rich opportunities for St. Kate's teacher candidates to collaborate with mentor teachers. Teacher candidates practice theories learned in on-campus courses necessary to develop the skills, attitudes, and understanding to effectively address the learning needs of K-12.


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. MAED Initial Lic. K-6