Elementary Education (K-6) Online Program

To ensure today’s students receive what they need from their education, the Online Elementary Education program focuses on: 

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Ethnographers of English/Language Arts
  • Global Studies
  • Action Research

Along with these semester themes, you’ll focus on: 

  • Culture & Student Learning
  • Clinical Practice
  • Becoming Data-informed

A teacher of elementary education is authorized to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children in a variety of K-6 school settings. 

The elementary teacher collaborates with families, colleagues, and related service personnel to enhance the learning of all children. Graduates of this program will be eligible for Minnesota Elementary Education Licensure (K-6).

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Designed for Transfer Students & Professionals

This program provides flexible options designed for: 

  • undergraduate transfer students
  • paraprofessionals
  • mid-career professionals
  • recent college graduates
  • non-instructional assistants
  • school service providers
  • career changers
  • adult learners in child-centered jobs

Ideally, you would have already completed an AA degree or equivalent to 60 credits, and have the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) completed. 

This program is 60 credits, and you need 120 credits to complete your bachelor’s degree at Winona State University.

Streamlined Courses

This program’s courses are fully online and meet at night or on the weekend. The course schedule is designed so that students can complete this degree in only 2 years over 5 semesters (including 1 summer session). 

The Elementary Education (K-6) Online Program Integration Chart (PDF) maps the course sequence for this 5-semester option.

Each semester requires clinical hours in a school setting. We’ll help coordinate your field experience at a school that works for you. 

View required courses for the Elementary Education (K-6) Online Program.

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Bryan Matera (EdD)
Department Chair, Associate Professor

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Joel J. Traver (EdD)
Associate Professor

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