Elementary Education Foundations (AS)

The Associate of Science degree in Elementary Education Foundations prepares students for a major in Elementary Education at a four-year college or university. It also is excellent preparation for students who wish to work as paraprofessionals or educational assistants in an elementary classroom.

This degree incorporates all Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) goals. The degree also includes the requirements for entrance into third-year courses in many other four-year or private schools offering an Elementary Education major.

Normandale has a partnership which enables students to obtain a four-year elementary education degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato on the Normandale campus. Completion of the AS in Elementary Education Foundations degree does not guarantee entrance into any particular program.

Students considering a teaching career are encouraged to take EDUC 1101 during their first semester, or as soon as possible in their college career. This course exposes education students to an early field experience so that students can determine if a career in teaching is right for them.

In order to complete a baccalaureate degree in four years, students must be prepared to take college-level composition and mathematics when they enter Normandale. If developmental coursework is required, the time needed to obtain a degree and licensure is increased.

Individuals who have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on their chances of employment in the field they intend to study or on their chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

Degree Requirements:

Students wishing to complete the AS in Elementary Education Foundations should:

  • Determine the four-year college or university to which they plan to transfer. This degree aligns directly with Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the four-year degree can be completed on the Normandale campus with Mankato. If another college or university is chosen, students should seek help from that institution's transfer department or seek help from Normandale Education Training Academy (EdTrAc) Office, C 3040.
  • Develop a plan for completing the coursework listed below. (A total of 60 credits total is required to graduate with the AS in Elementary Education Foundations.)
  • Complete the Basic Skills exams of the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLE). Information about these exams can be obtained from the EdTrAc office in C3040 or at www.mtle.nesinc.com/.
  • Apply to graduate after completing 45 credits towards your degree.
  • Apply for admission to your selected college or university during your final year at Normandale Community College.

Required courses: (57-60 cr)

ART 1101

The Visual Arts (3)

CHEM 1020

Survey of Chemistry (4)

COMM 1101*

Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

EDUC 1101

Introduction to Education (4)

EDUC 2101

Education Technology (3)

ENGC 1101*

Freshman Composition (4)

ENGL 2060

Children’s Literature (3)

ENGT 1050 **

Bridging Engineering and Education (3)

GEOG 1121

World Regional Geography (3)

GEOL 1110

Environmental Geology (3)

and GEOL 1111

Environmental Geology Lab (1)

HIST 1111

U.S. History 1 (4)

or HIST 1112

U.S. History 2 (4)

HLTH 1106

Drug Use and Abuse (3)

MATH 1050

Mathematical Foundations I (3)

MATH 1060

Mathematical Foundations 2 (3)

MATH 1070

Mathematical Foundations 3 (3)

PHIL 1103

Ethics (3)

PHYS 1114

Introductory Astronomy (4) (Preferred)

or PHYS 1104

Descriptive Astronomy (3)

THTR 1151

Acting I (3)

Other Suggested Electives

EDUC 1120**

Spanish for Educators 1 (3)

EDUC 1220**

Spanish for Educators 2 (3)

EDUC 2096

Internship in Education (2-4)

Admission to Minnesota State University, Mankato program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all courses as well as a grade of B or better in courses with an asterisk (*). Courses marked with two asterisks (**) indicate recommended elective coursework.