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Austin Elementary Education

 Austin Public SchoolsRiverland Community College and Winona State University are working together to offer you the opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree through Riverland and a Bachelor of Science degree to teach in Elementary Education through WSU, all without leaving the Austin community. Sumner Elementary School, the program site, is a culturally diverse school on a year-round calendar.

In your work at Sumner, you will have the opportunity to interact with general and special education teachers, teachers for English Learners, a gifted and talented specialist, reading and math intervention teachers, a cultural liaison and an instructional coach, all located in one setting. 

Clinical experience will be arranged during your first two years at Riverland with progressively more challenging placements during your second two years through Winona State University.

Two great colleges. One great choice.

Riverland Community College offers a personalized educational environment with seasoned faculty and smaller class sizes that will help you accomplish your general educational goals using the methods that best serve your learning style: Traditional classroom setting, online courses or a combination for added flexibility.

Complete your AA degree with the electives you need to emphasize your teaching goals. Teacher candidates will have clinical experiences in one or more Austin-area schools before their traditional student teaching begins. In addition, students will save an average of $1,000 on tuition costs for their first two years of the program.

Winona State University plans to deliver the second two years of this program in Austin. The College of Education at WSU has a rich history as a pioneer in teacher preparation and collaboration. This Elementary Education program is not only fully accredited by NCATE and the MN Board of Teaching, but is also newly redesigned to reflect the needs of 21st century learners.

There will be a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Ethnographers of Language, Global Studies and Action Research. Along with these semester themes, there will be a sustained focus on Data Collection & Interpretation, Student Development and Clinical Practice.

It is possible to complete the Elementary Education program in two or three years and an example course sequence (PDF) is provided. The time it takes to complete the program depends on whether students want heavier or lighter course loads during each semester and course descriptions (PDF) are available.

Middle Level Minors

Middle level minors allow for licensure to teach grades 5-8 and are an additional option for students seeking an Elementary Education K-6 license. Some of the coursework can be completed at Riverland or WSU-R in Rochester, and some of the coursework for each minor is only available on the WSU Campus in Winona.

Information about middle level minors is available in the WSU catalog.