Description - Riverland

Elementary Education

Austin Public Schools, Riverland Community College, and Winona State University have collaborated to offer an Associate in Arts degree through Riverland and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education through WSU, all without leaving the Austin community. 

Riverland Community College offers an affordable, personalized educational environment with seasoned faculty and smaller class sizes using various delivery methods: traditional classroom, online, interactive television, or a combination for added flexibility. Complete the AA degree with electives to emphasize teaching goals. Teacher candidates will have clinical experiences in one or more schools before the traditional teaching begins.

Upon completion of the AA program, students continue their studies in Elementary Education through Winona State University in Austin. The WSU program admission requirements for the Elementary Education program are as follows:

  • A cumulative 2.75 GPA for the most recent 30 credits.
  • Earned a "B" or better in at least one ENGL course: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1105
  • Earned a "B" or better in SPCH 1100
  • Completed at least one of the three MATH courses and earned a "C" or better: MATH 1110 (or higher math class) or MATH2021, or MATH2203
  • Taken all three (Reading, Writing and Math) Basic Skills Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams (MTLE) and been awarded a passing score on at least two of the three exams
  • Applied and been accepted to Winona State University
  • Completed the Early Clinical requirement
Typical Work Tasks


People who work in this career often:

  • Apply multiple teaching methods.
  • Read to students.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Plan educational activities.
  • Plan experiential learning activities.
  • Encourage students.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.


    Employment Outlook

    Where do Elementary School Teachers most often work?


    In Minnesota, there are 27,040 workers employed in this very large career.

    Last Updated: May 19, 2016

        Quick Facts
    • Associate of Arts
    • 60 Credits | Four Semesters
    • Location: Austin
    • Offering: Fall, Spring

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