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Elementary Education Foundations Transfer Pathway (AS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Elementary Education Foundations?

Normandale’s Elementary Education Pathway has been approved by the Minnesota Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) and allows students to transfer smoothly to any of the Minnesota State Universities Elementary Education programs: Minnesota State University, Mankato, St. Cloud State University, Southwest Minnesota State University, Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Metropolitan State University, and Winona State University. Each university has admission requirements, so be sure to check their websites.

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


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

Types of Jobs


Individuals who take Elementary Education Foundations can pursue careers in:

  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher

Average State Pay

According to, 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.

The Elementary Education Foundation Transfer Pathway (AS) offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Elementary Education bachelor's degree programs at Minnesota State universities. *The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field. 

*Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers the Bachelor of Science program in Elementary Education on the Normandale Community College campus.

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. 

Required Courses - 60 credits

Code Title Credits
ART 1101 The Visual Arts 3
BIOL 1100 Survey of Biology 4
COMM 1101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Grade of B or higher is required) 3
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 (Grade of B or higher is required) 4
GEOG 1121 World Regional Geography 3
HIST 1111 United States History 1 4
HLTH 1106 Drug Use and Abuse 3
MATH 1055 Elements of Mathematics 1 4
MATH 1065 Elements of Mathematics 2 4
PHYS 1001 Energy, Climate & Physics in Society 3
PHYS 1002 Energy, Climate & Physics in Society Laboratory 1
PSYC 1109 Child and Adolescent Development 3
THTR 1151 Acting I 3

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 10.

Complete additional course(s) to reach 60 credits total. The department recommends the following courses:

Code Title Credits
EDUC 2408 Individuals with Diverse and Exceptional Needs 4
ENGL 2060 Children’s and Young Adult Literature 3
ENGT 1050 Bridging Engineering and Education 3
SPAN 1120 Spanish for Educators 1 3


Degree Requirements -

  • Complete Basic Skills Licensure exams
  • Complete required 30 field work hours
  • Demonstrate expected standards in Professional Disposition
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.

    Coursework in this degree program satisfies the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.