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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

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

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60 credits (no minor required)

2.75 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all major courses unless otherwise noted.

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.

RCTC General Education Program Requirements (40 credits)

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 credits)

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

  • SCIE 1100 - covers Biology and Chemistry (3 credits)
  • SCIE 1200 - covers Earth Science and Physics (3 credits)

Goal 4: Mathematics (3 credits)

Choose one:

  • MATH 1090 - Statway Statistics II (3 credits)
  • MATH 1115 - College Algebra (3 credits)
  • MATH 2208 - Fundamentals of Statistics (3 credits)
    • Note: Depending upon Accuplacer test results, MATH 0098 and/or MATH 0099 may be required as prerequisites. Minimum C grade is required.

Goal 5: History and Social Sciences (9 credits)

Choose one:

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

Choose 6 credits from two different areas

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

Goal 6: Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits)

  • ENGL 2297 - Children’s Literature (3 credits)
  • MUSC 1001 - Music Fundamentals (3 credits)

Choose 3 credits from one area

  • 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 credits)

Choose one:

  • HLTH 1111 - Health Education (3 credits)
  • HLTH 1132 - Drug Use and Abuse (3 credits)

Professional Math Requirement (3 credits)

  • MATH 1060 - Foundations of Mathematics: Geometry Emphasis (3 credits)

Depending upon Accuplacer test results, MATH 0098 and/or MATH 0099 may be required as prerequisites. C grade or better is required. MATH 1050 is not a prerequisite for MATH 1060.

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 Core (60 credits)


A total of 120 credits are required for a Bachelor’s Degree. After General Education Program (GEP) and Major requirements are met, electives can be taken to meet the 120 credit requirement.


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

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