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Urban Elementary Education (Kindergarten-Grade 6 Licensure) BS

The Urban Elementary Education major in the School of Urban Education (UED) is designed to meet the needs of urban elementary schools for teachers who can improve K-6 students' educational achievement. The School prepares prospective teachers who can build on the talents and resiliency of diverse urban learners for success in school and life. Our approach to teacher education focuses on preparing diverse, reflective and resilient teachers who are outstanding in their commitment to teaching urban youth and providing equal educational opportunity. By attracting teachers of color and low-income or "first generation" college students into teaching careers, the School provides urban schools with competent educators who can relate to the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse youth and their communities.

The mission of the School is twofold: 1) to increase the number of well-prepared teachers of color in Minneapolis, St. Paul and inner-ring suburbs so that the teaching workforce reflects the ethnically diverse population of students and their communities; and 2) to empower urban teachers with the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, urban field experiences, and professional dispositions needed to improve the educational achievement of historically and currently underserved urban learners and to advocate for their right to receive a high quality education.

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Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Urban Elementary Education major and grades K-6 licensure program, students must submit a School of Urban Education Undergraduate Program Declaration Form and apply for admission to the Urban Teacher Program. To be admitted in the Urban Teacher Program, students need to meet the requirements and criteria stated in the Guide to Admission in the Urban Teacher Program.

Requirements (71-73 total credits)

Courses Required for Admission to the Urban Teacher Program

The following courses are open to all students and are among the requirements for admission to the Urban Teacher Program.

  • EDU 200 Intro to Urban Education & Reflective Teaching
  • EDU 203 Multicultural Education
  • PSYC 308 Child Psychology
  • ETHS ### (a UTP-approved ethnic studies course; contact the School for a list)
  • University General Education Requirements (All 10 Goal Areas completed, 40 cr)

Recommended General Education courses to meet prerequisites for CORE IV Professional Methods Courses

Six total content courses are required before taking CORE IV Professional Methods courses that focus on teaching the content of mathematics, science and social studies to elementary school students. Students can begin taking these classes before being admitted to the School and can use them to partially fulfill university General Education or MN Transfer Curriculum requirements.

Mathematics: 2 courses are prerequisites for MAED 440

  • MAED 106 Math for Elementary Teachers

And one of the following to meet GELS Goal Area 4 Mathematics:

  • MATH 110 Math for Liberal Arts or
  • MATH 115 College Algebra or
  • STATS 201 Statistics I

Science: 2 courses are prerequisites for SCED 440

Courses can include any science courses used to meet GELS Goal Area 3 Natural Sciences and Goal Area 10 People and the Environment. Must be from any two sciences such as Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geology, Natural Science or Physics.

Social Studies: 2 courses from two different subject areas taught in urban elementary schools (i.e., American Government, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, U.S. History, or World History) are prerequisites for SSED 440.

Courses can be used to meet GELS Goal Areas GELS Goal Area 5 History/Social Science; Goal Area 6 Humanities and Fine Arts; Goal Area 7 Human Diversity; Goal Area 8 Global Perspective; Goal Area 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility; and/or Goal Area 10 People and the Environment). Some suggested courses are:

  • GEOG 201 Introduction to Geography
  • POL 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • HIST 101 The American Past: To 1865
  • HIST 102 The American Past: From 1865
  • HIST 103 World History I: Patterns of Civilization to 1500
  • HIST 104 World History II: The Modern World, 1500 to the Present

Professional Education (61-63 credits)

All 300-400 level EDU courses require admission to the Urban Teacher Program or department approval in order to enroll and are expected to be completed as listed below by CORE sequence.

CORE I Foundation Courses (11 cr, Prerequisites: ALL courses required for UTP admission)

  • EDU 331 Physical Development, Health, Nutrition, Effects of Drugs in Birth-Grade 6
  • EDU 341 The Child and Family in an Urban Setting
  • EDU 361 The Arts in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • EDU 383 Information Technology in K-12 Education

NOTE: CORE I courses include 25 hours of documented urban field experiences

CORE II Professional Education Courses (13-14 cr, Prerequisites: ALL CORE I requirements)

  • EDU 323 Urban Pre-K and Kindergarten Curriculum and Practicum
  • EDU 311 Urban Teaching Practicum & Seminar
  • EDU 330 Teaching Children's Literature in Urban Grades K-6
  • EDU 333 Assessment of Learning in Urban Grades K-6
  • EDU 345 Integrated Classroom Management Methods in Urban Grades K-6

NOTE: CORE II courses include 25 hours of documented urban field experiences

CORE III Professional Education Courses (14 cr, Prerequisites: ALL CORE I & II requirements)

  • EDU 481 Urban Grades 1-6 Curriculum and Practicum
  • EDU 483 Foundations of Teaching Reading in Urban Grades K-6
  • EDU 435 Teaching and Assessing English Language Learners K-12
  • MAED 106 Math for Elementary Teachers

NOTE: CORE III courses include 25 hours of documented urban field experiences

CORE IV Professional Methods Courses (23-24 cr, Prerequisites: ALL CORE I, II & III requirements)

Reading, Language Arts and Social Studies Cluster (12-13 cr):

  • EDU 487 Methods of Teaching Reading in Urban Grades K-6
  • EDU 450 Advanced Urban Teaching Practicum & Seminar
  • LAED 440 Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Urban Grades K-6
  • SSED 440 Social Studies Curriculum and Differentiated Methods in Urban Grades K-6
  • EDU 430 Historical and Cultural Foundations of Urban Education

NOTE: This Cluster includes 25 hours of documented urban field experiences

Math, Science and the Exceptional Learner Cluster (11 cr):

  • MAED 440 Teaching Mathematics to Urban Learners in Grades K-8
  • SCED 440 Science Curriculum and Differentiated Instruction in Urban Grades K-6
  • EDU 484 Teaching and Assessing Young Children with Disabilities

NOTE: This Cluster includes 25 hours of documented urban field experiences

Pre-Professional Teaching Experience (8 cr, Prerequisites: ALL CORE I, II, III & IV requirements)

  • EDU 495 Student Teaching in the Urban Elementary School K-6 (full-time M-F for 12 weeks)

NOTE: This experience is required for licensure not the major or degree. Teacher Candidates must notify the Field Experience Director two semesters prior to doing their student teaching. They must also submit a student teaching application by September 1 for spring placements and February 1st for fall placements.

Pre-Primary Endorsement Licensure Option (6 credits)

To add a license endorsement to teach preschool children, also complete:

  • PSYC 357 Observing and Assessing Young Children (2 cr)
  • PSYC 359 Positive Behavior Guidance (2 cr)
  • EDU 325 Emergent Literacy
  • 40 hour practicum in an urban PreK classroom



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