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
ENG1307 Literature Seminar: The Hero’s Journey of Discovery

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

HIS2112  Rise of the West
HIS2113  The Modern West
HIS2001  US History I
HIS3011  US History II
SSC2001  Social Studies I
SSC3210  World Regional Geography
Required Field Experience:  EDU4273 Student Teaching Social Studies in Middle School

EDU3357     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
EDT3003  Instructional Technology
EDT3005  Enhancing the Curriculum with Technology
EDT3008  Introduction to Educational Technology Leadership
EDT3009  Advanced Instructional Technology
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)

EDU3222      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
MUS2305     Conducting I
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 – 16 credits
EDU2201  Introduction to Urban Education Ministry
EDU2403  Urban and Cross-Cultural Summer Field Experience
EDU3001  Classroom Management Basics
EDU3002  Responsive Classroom Strategies
THE31xx  Applied Ministry Elective (Choose one)

THE3101  Introduction to Youth and Family Ministry
THE3110  Foundations of Evangelism

Xxxx     Second Intercultural Elective (Choose one)

EDU2402  Urban and Cross-Cultural Summer Field Experience (2nd experience)
EDU3357  Teaching World Languages and Culture
ENG3010  Multicultural  American Writers
MUS3213  Music in World Cultures
SPN2003  Spanish Cultural Immersion
SPN3001  Latin-American Culture and Civilization
SPN4011  Spanish Immersion
SSC4201  Introduction to Minority Cultures
SABxxxx  Semester Abroad Courses (All three courses required)

SAB2001  Semester Abroad Pre-Departure
SAB2002  Semester Abroad In-Country
SAB2003  Semester Abroad Re-Entry

EDU2201  Introduction to Urban Education Ministry
EDU2403  Urban and Cross-Cultural Summer Field Experience
EDU3001  Classroom Management Basics
EDU3002  Responsive Classroom Strategies
SPN2012  Communicating Christ in Spanish
SPNxxxx   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.