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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education with Early Childhood Emphasis (ELEC) - BT Major

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93 credits (no minor required) Birth - Grade 6

2.75 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all major courses unless otherwise noted.

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A major in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Emphasis (Birth - Grade 6: ELEC) is designed to prepare teacher candidates to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children from birth through grade 6 in a variety of early childhood and public school P-6 settings. The early childhood education/elementary teacher collaborates with families, colleagues, and related service personnel to enhance the learning of all children. Students who successfully complete this program and program-related assessments will be eligible to be recommended for Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Licensure in MN.

Repetition of Courses

The following courses cannot be repeated more than once due to withdrawal or earning less than a C grade: All Major courses, all Professional Education Sequence courses, all EDUC and EDRD courses, ART 301, CHEM/PHYS 180, GEOS/BIOL 185, HERS 204, HERS 320, HIST 150, HIST 151, MUS 120, MUS 320, POLS 120, SPED 300, and SOC 212. Only two major courses may be repeated to remain in this program.

Teacher Education Licensure Program

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Unit before taking Professional Education courses. 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 Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. Please contact your program academic advisor for the latest information about program requirements.

Criteria required before completing online application:

  • 30 college level credits completed with no more than 4 credits of pass/no credit
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of at least ≥ 2.75 based on 30 most recent credits including all credits per semester
  • B grade or better in a 3-credit college level writing course (ENG 111  if taken at WSU)
  • B grade or better in a 3-credit college level speech course (CMST 191  or CMST 192  if taken at WSU)
  • C grade or better in a 3-credit college level math course (MATH 202  is required for Elementary and Early Childhood majors)
  • Early Clinical experience; clinical hours ≥ 15 hours: Complete 15 hours of experience working with children post high school graduation

Elementary Education GEP Courses

These courses are typically taken as part of the General Education Program (GEP)  prior to admission to Teacher Education.

Goal 1: Communication (7 credits)

Required for all education majors.

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

This goal is fulfilled automatically when all other goal areas are completed.

Goal 3: Natural Sciences (7 credits)

Goal 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (3-4 credits)

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits)

Choose one recommended course to count under GEP Goal 5.

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)

Requires a minimum of 3 credits of Humanities and 3 credits of Fine Arts.

Goal 7: Human Diversity (3 credits)

Student’s choice.

Goal 8: Global Perspectives (3 credits)

Student’s choice.

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility (3 credits)

Student’s choice.

Goal 10: People and the Environment (3 credits)

Student’s choice.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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