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Elementary Education Foundation

Do you have a dream of becoming a teacher or paraprofessional? Get started at Normandale, where you can gain the knowledge and skills necessary to fast-track your career in education.  

Earn your associate degree in elementary education, then seamlessly transfer to one of seven Minnesota State universities for your bachelor’s.  

Or, to make things even easier, you can choose to complete your bachelor’s right here on Normandale’s campus. Minnesota State University, Mankato offers a bachelor of science program in elementary education on site. 

Normandale Elementary Education Scholarship

Curious about teaching? Gain an overview of the teaching profession and learn about education theories by taking the four-credit class Introduction to Education (EDUC 1101). To help pay for this, you can apply for a $1,000 elementary education scholarship which covers the cost of tuition and books. 

Information on Normandale elementary education scholarship

Ready to earn an associate degree in elementary education?

Minnesota needs outstanding teachers, and getting your teaching career jump-started at Normandale is a smart choice.  

The Normandale elementary education program provides you with: 

  • Support on what coursework to take 
  • Information regarding transfer to a variety of programs 
  • Academic planning for Associate degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education 
Our elementary education program offers foundational classes and prepares you well for earning a bachelor’s degree in education at a Minnesota State university. 

What Makes Our Elementary Education Program Unique?

Normandale is one of a select number of community colleges that offers a comprehensive, liberal arts-focused degree in elementary education that seamlessly prepares you for your final two years at a Minnesota State university.  

We have other education opportunities for Normandale students below. 

Normandale student in the SPEDUP special education degree program.

SpedUp Program

The mission of SpedUP is to recruit and support BIPOC students as they pursue the first two years of a special education degree

Image of Normandale's Sirtify Program Director Marvis Kilgore


Sirtify's mission is to recruit and support Black, African American, and African men into Education pathways.

Elementary Education Program Basics

Education Faculty

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