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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education/K-6 (EEAC) - BT Major (Austin)

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60 credits (no minor required)

2.75 GPA required.

Letter grade required in all major courses unless otherwise noted.

Austin Public Schools, Riverland Community College, and Winona State University are working together to offer the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts through Riverland and a Bachelor of Science-Teaching (BT) Degree in Elementary Education through WSU all without leaving the Austin community.

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 Riverland 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 & Oral Communication (9 credits)

  • ENGL 1101 - Freshmen English (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1105 - Writing From Library Sources (3 credits)
    • Note: Minimum grade of “B” in one of the two courses is required.
  • SPCH 1100 - 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 Sciences (6 credits)

Requires two courses with labs from two different science areas.

Goal 4: Mathematics (3 credits)

  • MATH 2203 - Numbers and Number Systems for Elementary Education Majors (3 credits)
    • Note: Depending upon Accuplacer test results, a developmental math course(s) may be necessary as a prerequisite.  Minimum grade of “C” is required in at least one Math course prior to admission.

Goal 5: History & Social Sciences (9 credits)

History (3 credits)

Choose one:

  • HIST 1001 - U.S. History: Colonial to 1877 (3 credits)
  • HIST 1002 - U.S. History: 1877 to Present (3 credits)

Social Science (6 credits)

Choose 6 credits from two different disciplines.

Goal 6: Humanities & Fine Arts (9 credits)

A minimum of 9 credits, including two courses from two different disciplines in Area A and one course in Area B.

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.

Health and Human Performance (2 credits)

  • ✽ HLTH 1100 - Health (2 credits)

Professional Requirement (4 credits)


Choose one:

  • MATH 1110 - College Algebra
  • STAT 2021 - Fundamentals of Statistics
  • Other higher level MATH class (College Algebra or higher)

Note: Depending upon Accuplacer test results, a developmental math course(s) may be required as a prerequisite. Minimum grade of “C” is required in at least one Math course prior to admission.

Choose one:

  • HSER 1110 (1 credit option)
  • Complete the Early Clinical requirement through a comparable work or volunteer experience that involves working with children following high school graduation. If you choose this option, then your supervisor will need to fill out the Early Clinical Documentation Form .

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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