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Elementary Education Foundations (AS)

Why Choose Elementary Education Foundations?

Elementary Education is a rewarding field for individuals who like to help others. This program will prepare students to teach grades Kindergarten through sixth grade.

Skills Acquired

Elementary Education Foundations provides students with skills to do the following:

  • Apply knowledge of schools, students and teachers today to the classroom setting
  • Discover how young students learn
  • Create a positive classroom environment for diverse learners
  • Build strong relationships with students, colleagues and families
  • Apply learning theory and management theory to the classroom setting
  • Apply knowledge of diverse learners
  • Apply a strong liberal arts background required for the field of education

Recognition

The Education Training Academy (EdTrAc) was founded in 2005 through support of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The grant provided funding to develop and implement certain courses and services that would meet the goals listed below. Following the expiration of the grant in 2009, Normandale has continued to support the EdTrAc program to ensure the quality foundational preparation of future teachers.

Careers in Elementary Education

Projected Job Growth

According to ISeek.org, the growth rate in the state of Minnesota for Elementary School Teachers is 4.5%.

Types of Jobs

(ISeek.org)

Individuals who take Elementary Education Foundations can pursue careers in:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher

Average State Pay

According to ISeek.org, in 2010, elementary school teachers earned a median salary of $57,884 in the state of Minnesota.

Degrees & Certificates in Elementary Education Foundations

The Associate of Science degree in Elementary Education Foundations prepares students for a major in elementary education at a 4-year college or university. It also is excellent preparation for students who wish to work as paraprofessionals or educational assistants in an elementary classroom.

This degree incorporates all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. The degree also includes the requirements for entrance into third-year courses in other 4-year universities offering an elementary education major. Normandale has a partnership which enables students to obtain a 4-year elementary education degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato on the Normandale campus. Completion of the AS in Elementary Education Foundations degree does not guarantee entrance into any particular program.

This degree also provides students with a strong STEM Background. Students take 11-12 credits of sciences and 9 credits of Mathematics.  Students are offered the opportunity to take ENGT 1050, Bridging Engineering and Education, which allows them the study how engineering is taught at the elementary level.  After completing all these courses with acceptable success, students will receive a STEM content endorsement.

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The Associate of Science degree in Elementary Education Foundations prepares students for a major in elementary education at a four-year college or university. It also is excellent preparation for students who wish to work as paraprofessionals or educational assistants in an elementary classroom.

This degree incorporates the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. The degree also meets the requirements for entrance into third year courses in other four year or private schools offering and elementary education major.  Please visit the Education Department, C3040, for detailed information.

Normandale has a partnership which enables students to obtain a four-year elementary education degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato on the Normandale campus. Completion of the AS in Elementary Education Foundation degree does not guarantee entrance into any particular program.  We have partnerships with several 4-year colleges and universities.

Students considering a teaching career are encouraged to take EDUC 1101 during their first semester, or as soon as possible in their college career. This course exposes education students to an early field experience, so that students can determine if a career in teaching is right for them.

In order to complete a baccalaureate degree in four years, students must be prepared to take college-level composition and mathematics when they enter Normandale. If developmental coursework is required, the time needed to obtain a degree and licensure is increased.

Individuals who have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on their chances of employment in the field they intend to study or on their chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

Degree Requirements -

Students wishing to complete the AS in Elementary Education Foundations should:

  • Meet with the Education Department each semester to review your academic plan.
  • Review your degree audit report on e-Services
  • Determine the 4-year college or university to which they plan to transfer as soon as possible.
  • Develop an Academic Plan for completing the coursework listed below. A total of 60 college level credits are required to graduate with the Associate of Science in Elementary Foundations. (Meet with Education department for assistance)
  • Complete the basic skills exam required by the State of Minnesota. Information about these exams can be obtained from the EdTrAc office in C 3040 or visit the Minnesota Board of Teaching website. 
  • This degree aligns directly with Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the 4-year degree can be completed on the Normandale campus with Mankato.
  • If another college or university is chosen, students should seek help from that institution's transfer department or seek help from the Normandale Education Training Academy (EdTrAc) Office on the 3rd floor of the College Services Building in Rm. C 3040.
  • Apply for admission to your selected college or university during your final year here at Normandale. 

Required Courses: 57 credits

Code Title Credits
ART 1101 The Visual Arts 3
CHEM 1020 Introductory Chemistry 4
EDUC 1101 Introduction to Education 4
EDUC 2101 Educational Technology 3
EDUC 2222 Multicultural Education and Human Relations in Schools 3
EDUC 2223 Foundations of Instruction 1
ENGC 1101* Freshman Composition 4
ENGL 2060 Children’s and Young Adult Literature 3
GEOG 1121 World Regional Geography 3
GEOL 1110 Environmental Geology 3
GEOL 1111 Environmental Geology Laboratory 1
HIST 1111 United States History 1 4
or HIST 1112 United States History 2 4
HLTH 1106 Drug Use and Abuse 3
MATH 1050 Mathematical Foundations 1 3
MATH 1060 Mathematical Foundations 2 3
MATH 1070 Mathematical Foundations 3 3
THTR 1151 Acting I 3
PHYS 1001 Energy, Climate & Physics in Society 3

MnTC Course - One general course that meets MnTC requirements for 3 credits.

Other Suggested Electives

Code Title Credits
EDUC 1120 Spanish for Educators 1 3
EDUC 1220 Spanish for Educators 2 3
EDUC 2096 Internship in Education 2-4
ENGT 1050 Bridging Engineering and Education 3

*Admission to Minnesota State University, Mankato program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all courses as well as a grade of B or better in courses with an asterisk (*).