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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education/K-6 (EERC) - BT Major (Rochester)

60 S.H.

The “Path to Purple” is a cooperative program between Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) & Winona State University (WSU). The first two years provide an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts with an Elementary Education emphasis at RCTC; the second two years provide a Bachelor of Science (BS) Teaching Degree in Elementary Education at WSU.

General Education Program Requirements (40 S.H.)

Courses must be selected from those approved to satisfy the competencies of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) Goals 1-10. Consult the RCTC catalog listings to determine the specific courses that apply to the areas below. All ten goal areas must be met; some courses may be used to meet a goal in 1-6 as well as a goal in 7-10.

Goal 1: Written and Oral Communication (11 S.H.)

  • ENGL 1117 - Reading & Writing Critically I (4 S.H.)
  • ENGL 1118 - Reading & Writing Critically II (4 S.H.)
    • Note: Minimum grade of “B” in one of the two is required
  • COMM 1114 - Fundamentals of Speech (3 S.H.)
    • Note: Minimum grade of “B” is required

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

This goal area may be met by any course in MNTC 1-10 goals.

Goal 3: Natural Science (6 S.H.)

  • SCIE 1100 - covers Biology and Chemistry (3 S.H.)
  • SCIE 1200 - covers Earth Science and Physics (3 S.H.)

Goal 4: Mathematics (3 S.H.)

  • MATH 1050 - Foundations of Mathematics: Algebra Emphasis (3 S.H.)
    • Note: Depending upon Accuplacer test results, MATH 0098 and/or MATH 0099 may be required as prerequisites. Minimum grade of “C” is required.

Goal 5: History and Social Sciences (9 S.H.)

Choose one:

  • HIST 1624 - U.S. History to 1865 (3 S.H.)
  • HIST 1625 - U.S. History 1865 to Present (3 S.H.)

Choose 6 S.H. from two different areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts (9 S.H.)

  • ENGL 2297 - Children’s Literature (3 S.H.)
  • MUSC 1001 - Music Fundamentals (3 S.H.)
  • Choose three additional credits from one of the following areas:
    • Art
    • Foreign Culture
    • Humanities
    • Mass Comm 1106
    • Philosophy
    • Speech/Theater

Goals 7-10: Human Diversity, Global Perspective, Civic and Ethical Responsibility, & People and the Environment

Select a course that meets Goals 7, 8, 9, and 10 if any of these goals have not been met by the courses used to meet Goals 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6. If you are interested in being licensed in the state of WI along with MN, take BIOL 1100 to fulfill your Goal 10 requirement.

Health and Human Performance (3 S.H.)

Choose one:

  • HLTH 1111 - Health Education (3 S.H.)
  • HLTH 1132 - Drug Use and Abuse (3 S.H.)

Professional Math Requirement (3 S.H.)

MATH 1060 - Foundations of Mathematics: Geometry Emphasis (3 S.H.)

  • Note: Depending upon Accuplacer test results, MATH 0098 and/or MATH 0099 may be required as prerequisites. Minimum grade of “C” is required. MATH 1050 is not a prerequisite for MATH 1060.

Teacher Education Licensure Program Information

Before a student is able to take Education courses needed for licensure, that student must first be admitted to the Teacher Education Unit. This process is competitive as the number of students who can be admitted each semester is limited. Admission is based on grades, passing the Basic Skills Exams and other measures. For more information on this Admission process, visit the Teacher Education Program Admissions page.

All Winona State University Teacher Education Licensure Programs  are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, or (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program.

Major Core Requirements (60 S.H.)


A total of 120 S.H. are required for a Bachelor’s Degree. After General Education and Major requirements are met, electives can be taken to meet the 120 S.H. requirement.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement