English Education (BSE)

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You’ve always loved words—their power, versatility, and origins. You love how, when combined they carry the most powerful ideas and passions humankind has ever known. The English education major will prepare you to bring this passion to the classroom as a composition, literature, and speech teacher.

Benefits of studying English education at DSU

We’ve had 100 percent success in placing our students. Most have multiple job offers. DSU is unique for producing English education majors with a technology endorsement. You’ll be prepared to teach with technology.

Major core classes are small and the English faculty get to know all of the English students very well. Although each student has only one official advisor, any of the English faculty can be counted on to guide our students during their career at DSU. 

The degree also includes technology and publishing courses that prepare you for integrating a broad range of skills and tools into a modern English classroom.

You'll also have a year-long residency (a two-semester student teaching opportunity) in the public schools as your capstone experience. As a student teacher, you will teach at one level (middle or high school) to give you a jump start on your teaching career.

Outside the classroom, you can attend conferences such as the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English (SDCTE) and Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE). There are also a number of student clubs and activities to join like the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. Grants and scholarships are also available for English education majors.

Integrated Technology

At DSU, you'll also have access to the latest technology in the classroom. And you'll complete a K–12 educational technology endorsement in addition to your teacher certification. This means you will not only know how to integrate technology into your classrooms, but you can teach computer classes at elementary, middle and high school levels.

Possible job titles

  • Literature Teacher
  • Communications Teacher
  • Composition Teacher
  • English Teacher

Next steps

See what classes you’ll be taking with our plan of study.

Schedule a campus visit to meet English education professors and students in the department and see the campus.

You can always contact us with any questions—or just to talk about what is possible.