About Elementary Education

The B.S. in Elementary Education in Mankato and the Metro is designed to prepare elementary teaching candidates to thrive as leaders in 21st-century classrooms. Built on a foundation of equity and accessibility, the curriculum and field experience are designed with real-world preparation in mind.

Our teacher candidates graduate with three times the state-required level of classroom experience in a variety of grade levels and settings. Our program goes above and beyond requirements because we believe it’s crucial to provide future teachers opportunities for real world connections and practical, hands-on learning.

Why Get Your B.S. In Elementary Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato 

  • Gateway classes introduce new Elementary Education students to broad-based teaching theory that then act as a foundation for practical application.
  • Our Twin Cities locations provides metro-area students with face-to-face course work and more than 400 hours of school-based field experiences in Twin Cities area schools.
  • Ability to complete general education course work from Normandale Community College or other surrounding community colleges and universities, before completing professional education coursework from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Partnerships with seven regional school districts.
  • Semester-long Blocks allow students to progress together toward graduation, building from foundational coursework to in-classroom experience.
  • We offer a full year of student teaching in the same classroom, so students remain with the same teacher for their last two semesters of study.
  • Dedicated learning communities offer first- and second-year Elementary Education majors structured advising, scheduling assistance and time to connect with faculty members before they are admitted to the major in their third year.
  • Faculty-taught course in both Mankato and Twin Cities locations.