Licensed Minors

Students may choose to complete a licensed minor along with the Elementary Education major.  Licensed minors can lead to a Minnesota licensure endorsement along with the K-6 elementary education license.  Completion of a licensed minor together with successful licensure examinations and student teaching at the seventh or eighth grade level qualifies graduates to add a 5-8 grade endorsement to the K-6 elementary education license.  The Spanish minor qualifies for a K-8 endorsement. The educational technology minor qualifies for a K-12 endorsement.

A listing of the minors and their courses follow.  Select courses (as noted) may also fulfill General Education or Elementary Education major requirements. While some minors may be completed during the regular semesters, others require additional summer session course work

ENG1303      Rhetoric and Composition
ENG130x      Literature Seminar  (Choose one)

ENG1304 Literature Seminar: The Challenge of Faith
ENG1305 Literature Seminar:  Family and Identity
ENG1306 Literature Seminar: Leisure and Labor

ENG3010     American Minority Writers
ENG3310     Interpersonal Communication
EDU3310     Adolescent Literature
ENG3322     Structure of English
Required Field Experience:  EDU4270 Student Teaching CAL in Middle School



EDU3247     Teaching Mathematics in Pre-K – 8th Grade
EDU4210     Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary & Middle Schools
MTH2004    Math for Educators I
MTH2005    Math for Educators II
MTH2010    Calculus 1
MTH2020    Elementary Statistics
MTH2022    Discrete Mathematics
Required Field Experience:  EDU4271 Student Teaching Mathematics in Middle School

EDU3241    Teaching Science Concepts
SCI1003      Biology & SCI1004 Lab
SCI1102       Physical Science
SCI2025      General Chemistry I
SCI4105       Science in Our Society
SCIxxxx       Life Science Elective  (Choose one)

SCI2015    Botany
SCI3003     Zoology

Required Field Experience:  EDU4272 Student Teaching Science in Middle School

HIS2113     The Modern West
HIS3010    United States History Since 1945
SSC3210    World Regional Geography
HIS3024     United States Government
HIS3025     The American Scene to 1877
SSC3202    Principles of Economics
Required Field Experience:  EDU4273 Student Teaching Social Studies in Middle School

EDU3352     Teaching World Languages and Culture
SPN2001      Intermediate Spanish I
SPN2002     Intermediate Spanish II
SPN2011      Intermediate Spanish III
SPN3001     Latin-American Culture & Civilization
SPN4011      Spanish Immersion  ( taken during summer session)
Required Field Experience:  EDU4274 Student Teaching Spanish in Middle Schools

EDT2002    Emerging Technologies in Education
EDT3002    Teaching with Technology
EDT3004    Coordinating Technology in Education
EDT3007    Google Technologies in Education
EDU4210    Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary and Middle Schools
Required Field Experience:  EDU4275 Student Teaching Educational Technology in Middle Schools

Academic Minors

Unlike the licensed minors, academic minors are not eligible for Minnesota licensure.  However, they do build valuable knowledge and useful skills for ministry.   A listing of the academic minors and their courses follow.  Select courses (as noted) may also fulfill general education or elementary education major requirements.  While some minors may be completed during the regular semesters, others require additional summer session course work.

Note: Students that successfully complete the Physical Education Major also earn the Coaching Minor.
PEDxxxx       Five Activity Courses
PED120x      First Aid
PED1301      Fitness For Life
EDU3225     Teaching Physical Education in Elementary School
PED2015      Coaching Theory
PED3004      Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
PED3006      Principles of Coaching
PED3007      Organization and Administration of Physical Education and Athletics

GER2001   Intermediate German I
GER2002   Intermediate German II
GER2011   Survey of Theological German
GER2012   Luther German
GER4010   German Immersion (taken during summer session)

EDU3220      Teaching Music   or  EDU3221 Teaching Music in Elementary Schools
MUSxxxx      Choir – 1 semester
MUS1110      Aural Skills I
MUS3201     Music History: Ancient Times through Baroque or MUS3202: Classical to Present
MUS3320     Music Technology
MUS2302     Introduction to Conducting & Rehearsal Techniques
MUS3101     Theory of Music I
MUS3102     Theory of Music II
MUS3213     Music in World Cultures

EDU3225     Teaching Physical Education
PEDxxxx      Seven Activity Courses
PED120x     First Aid
PED1301     Fitness For Life
PED2010     Foundations of Physical Education
PED3002     Motor Learning
PED3008     Assessment and Evaluation in Physical Education

Education and Staff Ministry students who complete the required theology courses automatically earn a theology minor.

Theology Minor – 18 credits
THE1001     Biblical History and Literature I
THE1002     Biblical History and Literature II
THE2001     Biblical History and Literature III
THE3001     Christian Doctrine I
THE3002     Christian Doctrine II
THE4001     Lutheran Confessional Writings


Urban Education Ministry – 23 credits
EDU2201       Introduction to Urban Education Ministry
EDU2401       Early Field Experience II (Urban Setting)
EDU2402       Exploring Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer Experience I)
EDU3250       Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies
EDU3401       Early Field Experience III (Urban Setting)
EDU3402       Advanced Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer Experience II)
EDU4253       Student Teaching in Elementary & Middle Schools I (Urban Setting)

EDU2201       Introduction to Urban Education Ministry
EDU2402       Exploring Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer Experience I)
EDU3250       Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies
EDU3402       Advanced Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer Experience II)
SPN4011       Spanish Immersion
SPNxxxx        Any combination of Spanish courses

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Additional Academic Minors

Licensed minors (designed to be completed with the elementary major) may be completed as academic minors.  Students that desire to increase their knowledge base may complete the course work without the field experience and the licensure exam to earn an academic minor.