At DSU, we make K-12 students a top priority by offering pre-service teachers the skills they need to educate ALL students, regardless of their abilities. Special education is a high needs area, and DSU values and educates our pre-service teachers to effectively facilitate learning for a wide range of abilities, including students who have autism, behavior, cognitive, and/or learning disabilities. DSU’s elementary education/special education degree is offered on campus.
Teachers of students with special needs do not merely apply detailed plans, tailored to every student in their room. They track practice and progress. They modify their plans and daily activities. They cheer every effort. And when one of their students reaches a milestone, that moment is etched in a teacher's heart.
Benefits of studying elementary and special education at DSU
Education classes are typically close-knit and hands-on. Faculty have real-life experience teaching and helping with state education projects. As a student in their classrooms, you’ll receive real-world advice that will be immediately applicable.
Outside the classroom, there are a number of student clubs and activities to join, including, the Teachers of Tomorrow Club. Scholarships and grants are also available for elementary and special education majors.
DSU students receive outstanding field experiences. Most of our classes are hands-on and all students receive practicum experience prior to student teaching. You'll have a year-long residency (two-semester student teaching opportunity) in the public schools as your capstone experience. As a student teacher, you will teach at two different levels (elementary, middle or high school) to give you greater breadth in teaching. The student teaching placement will also depend on whether you decide to focus on K-8 or K-12 special education.
With DSU’s technical focus, you’ll be prepared to teach with the latest classroom technology. You’ll use one-to-one wireless mobile computers on campus, so you can teach in one-to-one classrooms. You’ll be fully prepared to teach with essential technology as it emerges. DSU has a strong tradition of preparing quality teachers that know how and when to use technology to enhance student learning. Schools that employ our graduates know our first-year teachers are well-prepared.
All of our education graduates receive a K-12 educational technology endorsement. It's built right into the degree. This means our teachers not only know how to integrate technology into their classrooms, but they can teach computer classes at elementary, middle and high school levels.
Possible job titles
- Special Education Teacher
- Elementary Teacher
- K-12 Technology Teacher
- Title I Teacher
See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.
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"I chose Dakota State University Online because I wanted to pursue my dream of getting a college education while still being able to stay home with my four children. Specifically, I chose Dakota State for their Elementary and Special Education degree. That degree was something I thought I would never be able to pursue without being physically on a college campus. I am so grateful to have found this program online so that I can better myself for not only me but my children as well!"Alysha Langstraat
Major: Elementary Education/Special Education