Develop the Love of Learning

A great role model in a child’s life fosters a love for learning and mentors them as they begin their school journey. At Saint Mary’s, we will prepare you to become an integral member of a child’s education, and a child’s life.

The elementary education major program prepares you for building relationships with young learners, giving them the tools they need to build a positive future. This foundation begins with the one-on-one attention you will receive from our professors and faculty. They have years of classroom experience, and with their real-world knowledge, you will learn how to apply elementary education theory and best practices as you begin your career.

Beginning sophomore year, you will gain extensive field experience in a variety of settings, connecting experimental learning to coursework. By combining theory and practice, modeling effective instruction, and providing relevant context, you will gain the confidence to meet the changing dynamics of working with young learners.

Career Outlook and Advanced Studies

As a graduate, you will have the opportunity to pursue teaching in public or private K-6/8 schools. Take your degree even further with advanced degrees from Saint Mary’s in special education, literacy, ELL/bilingual education, educational administration, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, or school psychology. Pursue other rewarding opportunities with an education degree in fields like business and management.

High School Preparation

English literature and writing, mathematics, biology, physics, history, psychology, world language, speech

Enhance Your Experience

Elementary education majors often pursue additional courses in psychology and sociology.

Subject Area Specialization Options

Students choosing to be certified in Elementary Education take courses preparing for licensure in grades K–6. In addition to an elementary license, majors may choose to complete a subject area specialization (also referred to as an endorsement) in Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, or Spanish.*

* Saint Mary’s Elementary Education major is designed to prepare students to seek licensure in the state of Minnesota. For information about this program and licensure in MN and other jurisdictions, visit our Professional Licensure page.