Undergraduate Program Elementary Education Minor

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Elementary Education Minor Overview

PSU's elementary education minor prepares aspiring elementary school teachers to enter a graduate teacher education program and be licensed in Elementary Multiple Subjects.

Degree Details

Elementary Education Minor: Why PSU?

The coursework draws from a number of areas, including the library, applied linguistics, geology, math, psychology, sociology, art, and music.

What can I do with a minor in Elementary Education?

The minor meets all the prerequisites for admission to PSU's Graduate Teacher Education Program.

You can pair the minor with majors in social science; arts & letters; liberal studies; child, youth and family studies; psychology; English, or world languages to give yourself the broad foundation of knowledge that's expected of elementary teachers.

Featured Courses

  • LIB 428 Children’s Literature, K-5
  • LING 233 Language and Mind
  • LING 390 Introduction to Linguistics
  • G 355 Geosciences for Elementary Educators
  • SCI 311U Teaching Everyday Science
  • MTH 211 Foundations of Elementary Mathematics
  • ED 420 Introduction to Education and Society
  • SPEd 418 Survey of Exceptional Learners
  • PSY 311U Human Development
  • SOC337U  Minorities
  • ART 312 Art in the Elementary School
  • MUS 381 Music Fundamentals
  • PHE 365 Health Promotion Programs for Children and Youth

Other Program Information

The Minor in Elementary Education is intended for students who plan to enter a graduate teacher education program and be licensed in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. While the minor is not a requirement for admission to the PSU Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP), it does include all the prerequisites for admission to the program. Students seeking a license for early childhood and elementary education must complete a graduate-level licensure program. The College of Education provides the teacher licensure as part of the GTEP.


Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).