Elementary Education

The Elementary Education Program prepares candidates for becoming K-6 elementary teachers and attaining the K-6 elementary education license. This program includes both foundational coursework as well as a student teaching experience.

What You’ll Gain

At the completion of this program, students will have accomplished:  

  • 100+ hours of field experiences
  • An additional 600 hours during 16 weeks of student teaching
  • A program approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board 
  • Opportunities for leadership through partnerships between CSB/SJU and local school(s) during Discover Your Future


Interested in the courses that this program includes? Check out the content (major) courses and education (department) courses.

Admission to Elementary Education

Interested in the Elementary Education program?  Learn about the application process to the department and how to prepare.

Adding Optional Endorsements

Endorsements allow students to expand their scope of teaching and provides additional benefits to districts seeking to most effectively utilize a teacher's assets. It also provides graduates with a wider range of teaching positions for which they are qualified to apply. Students take additional coursework, resulting in additional teaching licenses. Speak to your advisor early if interested in seeking an endorsement.

Students pursuing an optional endorsement require an additional exam specific to the endorsement sought:

For more information regarding licensing, please see Apply for Licensure. Additional questions regarding licensing can be directed to the Program Coordinator

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Leah VanOverbeke
Department Coordinator