Elementary Licensure Requirements

Students planning to teach in Minnesota elementary schools must meet the licensure requirements of the Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT).

At the University of Minnesota, Morris, the following program is designed to meet the current BOT requirements. These licensure requirements are subject to change when the BOT implements new licensure rules.

Requirements for an Elementary Education Major

Communication Arts and Literature

  • General education requirements for college writing and foreign language
  • ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
  • or ENGL 2xxx or above
  • CMR 1052 - Introduction to Public Speaking [E/CR] (2.0 cr)
  • or CMR 1042 - Public Speaking and Analysis [E/CR] (4.0 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics

  • MATH 1001 - Survey of Math [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
  • STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
  • or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
  • or STAT 2611 - Mathematical Statistics [M/SR] (4.0 cr)

Visual and Performing Arts

(two courses representing two different disciplines)

In the listing below, 1xxx is equivalent to 1xxx or above. Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:

  • ARTS 1050 - Beginning Ceramics [ART/P] (3.0 cr)
  • or ARTH 1101 - Principles of Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
  • or ARTS 1xxx
  • or ARTH 1xxx
  • DNCE 1xxx
  • MUS 1041 - Introduction to Music [FA] (4.0 cr)
  • or MUS 1042 - Fundamentals of Music [FA] (4.0 cr)
  • or MUS 1xxx
  • TH 2111 - Creative Drama with Children [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
  • or TH 1101 - The Theatre Experience: An Introduction [FA] (4.0 cr)
  • or TH 1xxx

Social Studies

(two courses representing two different disciplines)

In the listing below, 1xxx is equivalent to 1xxx or above. Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:

  • ANTH 1111 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology [SS] (4.0 cr)
  • or ANTH 1xxx
  • ECON 1111 - Principles of Microeconomics [SS] (4.0 cr)
  • or ECON 1112 - Principles of Macroeconomics [SS] (4.0 cr)
  • or ECON 1xxx
  • GEOG 2001 - Problems in Geography [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
  • or GEOG 1xxx
  • HIST 1301 - Introduction to U.S. History [HIST] (4.0 cr)
  • or HIST 1xxx
  • POL 1201 - American Government and Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
  • or POL 1xxx
  • SOC 1101 - Introductory Sociology [SS] (4.0 cr)
  • or SOC 3122 - Sociology of Childhoods [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
  • or SOC 1xxx

Science

(two courses representing two different disciplines, at least one with lab)

In the listing below, 1xxx is equivalent to 1xxx or above. Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:

  • BIOL 1xxx
  • or ED 2301 - Environmental Science and Place-Based Education [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
  • or ENST 2101 - Environmental Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
  • CHEM 1xxx
  • GEOL 1001 - Environmental Geology: Geology in Daily Life [SCI] (4.0 cr)
  • or GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
  • or GEOL 1xxx
  • PHYS 1052 - The Solar System [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
  • or PHYS 1xxx

Psychology

  • PSY 1081 - Drugs and Human Behavior [SS] (2.0 cr)
  • Successful completion of a cross-cultural field experience
  • GPA and grade requirements
  • A positive recommendation from the discipline and Division of Education
  • Passing scores on MTLE and any other state mandated exams for new teachers

Note: Students in elementary education must complete licensure requirements and apply for licensure within seven years from time of admission to the licensure program. After seven years, all education courses previously taken become void and must be retaken for licensure. Required courses must be taken A-F unless they are offered S-N only.