Elementary education forms the foundation on which children build their future. It is the essential basis for developing learners who possess the skills to explore the boundless opportunities life has to offer.
Elementary education majors benefit from Saint Mary's commitment to small class sizes, one-on-one attention from professors, faculty with years of classroom experience, and field experiences that begin in the sophomore year. Strong emphasis is placed on gaining extensive field experience in a variety of settings prior to graduation, and faculty connect these field experiences to coursework, combining theory and practice, modeling effective instruction, providing relevant context, and building confidence to address the variety of situations future teachers will encounter.
Subject Area Specialization Options
Students choosing to be certified in Elementary Education take courses leading to licensure in grades K-6. In addition to an elementary license, majors may choose to complete additional courses toward a subject area specialization (also referred to as an endorsement) in Social Studies.
This program prepares you for licensure as a teacher in Minnesota. A majority of graduates pursue classroom teaching in public or private K-6/8 schools. Others go on to seek advanced degrees from Saint Mary's in special education, literacy, ELL/bilingual education, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, or school counseling. Education majors also have career opportunities in other fields such as higher education, attorneys, paralegals, researchers, librarians, archivists, curators, reporters, and editors.
This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.
In addition to this and the many other majors offered at Saint Mary's, you can enhance your education with a minor in a subject that interests you.
Integrated General Education Minors (an integrated minor is required for graduation):
- Creativity and Inquiry (21-23 credits)
- Environmental Sustainability (21 credits)
- Global Diversity and Social Justice (21 credits)
- Self, Society, and the Sacred (21 credits)
Disciplinary Minors (disciplinary minors are optional): Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Digital Media and Journalism, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Biology, Geographic Information Science, Global Studies, History, Leadership, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Scientific Computing, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Business, Statistics, Theatre, Theology, Zoology
This major prepares students to become elementary teachers seeking a social studies endorsement.
For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
Completed application form
Official high school transcript
Official test scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
An essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
Letters of recommendation are optional.
If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Tuition:||$37,650 Per Year|
Additional fee for the following residences:
Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600
The Saint Mary's Difference
The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.