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.

Seeking Licensure

For students pursuing a Minnesota teaching license in K-6 Elementary Education, Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations are also required. Students must complete the following exams:

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. Teacher candidates are reminded of MTLEs prior to student teaching and receive instructions on the application to their license near the completion of their student teaching experience. It is recommended that teacher candidates complete the MTLEs for their applicable license just prior to student teaching. Spring student teachers should be especially proactive in registering early for these examinations.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Leah VanOverbeke
Department Coordinator