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Prospective University of Minnesota, Morris students considering elementary education
- How do I learn more about elementary education at Morris?
Any member of the elementary education faculty would be happy to visit with you by phone, email, or in person. You may contact us directly or schedule a campus visit through the Office of Admissions. The Admissions staff will coordinate your visit, including conversations with elementary education faculty. They will also walk you through the application process and tell you about Morris scholarships.
After enrolling at the University of Minnesota, Morris, your adviser will guide you through your first year so that you are prepared to apply for admission to the elementary education program. During fall semester of the sophomore year, students attend a meeting to begin the application process. The decision to admit is made during spring semester and enrollment in the program is limited. Once admitted to the program, Elementary Education majors follow a two-year sequence that begins in the fall of their junior year.
Current University of Minnesota, Morris students
- I am a Morris undergraduate student interested in becoming an elementary education teacher.
How do I become eligible to apply for the Morris elementary education program?
- Apply to Morris's state-approved teacher education program. During fall semester of the sophomore year, you attend a meeting to begin the application process. The decision to admit is made during spring semester and enrollment in the program is limited. Once admitted to the program, Elementary Education majors follow a two-year sequence which begins in the fall of their junior year. Program application materials are available from the Division of Education Office.
- Complete the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE): Basic Skills.
- Successfully complete Psy 1061—Introduction to the Development of the Child and Adolescent (prereq Psy 1051), Ed 2121—Introduction to Education, Ed 2111—Tutor-Aide Practicum, Ed 2131—Foundations of Reading.
For students desiring more in-depth alternatives, Psy 3401—Developmental Psychology I: Child Psychology and Psy 3402—Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence may be substituted for Psy 1061—Introduction to the Development of the Child and Adolescent.
- Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.50 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the elementary education major.
- Earn approximately 60 credits completed by the end of the sophomore year.
- Meet with faculty for approval based on an interview, recommendations, assessment of prior experience (especially with children and other cultures), and progress toward a degree.
Transfer students to the University of Minnesota, Morris
- How do I transfer to the University of Minnesota, Morris for elementary education?
The transfer specialist in the Office of Admissions will guide you through the process. The Office of Admissions will determine if you meet requirements for admission to the University of Minnesota, Morris. Gwen Rudney, Division of Education Chair, will conduct a preliminary review of an unofficial transcript to give you a general idea of which requirements you have met and which are still needed in order for you to apply for admission to the elementary education program.
Once admitted to the program, elementary education majors follow a two-year sequence that begins in the fall.
Graduates of the University of Minnesota, Morris or another four-year institution
- What should I do if I already have a four-year degree and want to get an elementary teaching license?
We first need to determine if you have met requirements for admission to the program. To do this, we need to look at your transcripts. Send unofficial copies of your transcripts to:Gwen Rudney, Division of Education Chair
600 East Fourth Street
Morris, MN 56267
for a preliminary review. The preliminary review will give you a general idea of the courses you might have to take to get a license.
If you decide you want to complete your license requirements at Morris, apply to the University of Minnesota, Morris via the Office of Admissions. After you are accepted, an official transcript review will be conducted that will give you the final list of courses to be completed. In most cases, the applicant needs to complete content area courses and/or education prerequisites and will need to enter the education program one semester to two years after beginning coursework. If your transcript evaluation tells you that you only have a few courses to take (three to four), check with the Division of Education immediately regarding program application. If your transcript review indicates that you will need many courses (eight or more) simply remember to apply to the program the fall of the year prior to actually entering the program. If you are unsure whether you should apply or not, contact the Division of Education for assistance.
- What is the process if I am a practicing teacher and looking to expand my license?
If you are interested in adding a kindergarten, pre-primary, or middle level endorsement area to your license, please send your transcripts to Carol Cook, elementary education coordinator for review. You may need to take additional content area courses. The State of Minnesota will require you to take the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) content exam in that field for pre-primary or middle level endorsements. You also need to contact the Office of Admissions regarding special or expedited University admission.
Program Application Materials
You will attend a meeting to begin the application process. The application includes faculty recommendations, personal statements, and an interview with elementary education faculty. Application forms are provided below.