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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

Majors & Degrees

Dakota State College of Education

Ignite your passion for learning

Over the years you’ve had many teachers, and your favorites have impacted your life in positive ways by teaching you to think critically and creatively. They enhanced your learning opportunities and helped you transform into the person you are today. What if you could impact a student the way your favorite teacher impacted you?

Your impact can start today by enrolling in one of the many programs in our College of Education & Human Performance.

As you go through your education program, you will learn about child development, learning styles, and instructional strategies. You can participate in a variety of field experiences in area classrooms, ending with a semester-long student teaching residency. Along the way, take advantage of conferences and other professional development opportunities, or team up with faculty on research initiatives.

Degrees and programs

Enhance the learning opportunities of tomorrow for the youth of today. Inspire a student to achieve their fullest potential. In the College of Education & Human Performance, you’ll be transformed into a devoted educator, with expertise in education fundamentals, pedagogy, and technology. Turn your love of teaching into more than just a career.

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Transform tomorrow’s leaders

At DSU, our future educators are prepared to teach tomorrow’s leaders. From the first day of classes, you’ll learn how to be an empathetic, caring, and devoted educator. Familiarize yourself with Common Core Standards, individual learning styles, and how differentiated instruction can be used within various classroom settings. Not to mention, you will have firsthand access to our Virtual Avatar Learning Experience (VALE) and Dewey, our telepresence robot. Two exceptional experiences for our extraordinary students.

VALE uses TLE TeachLivE, a mixed-reality teaching experience. When using VALE, you’ll stand in front of a television screen and teach five avatars, or computer-generated students. You’ll present a lesson to the “children” while focusing on classroom management, all while effectively teaching the curriculum.

Dewey can assist students and faculty by attending meetings, observing student teachers, or, for online students, attending on-campus classes. With Dewey, you can virtually see and connect to those around you.

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Technology incorporated

One of our best program features is our high-tech integration. Each of our College of Education & Human Performance programs includes a built-in K-12 technology endorsement. You can add additional endorsements in English as a New Language (ENL), Adapted PE, Coaching, and Kindergarten.

Take pride in earning an education degree from DSU. Why? Our programs are accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Pursue your interests

From reading to educational technology, we have a vast array of minors and endorsements to fit your interests. Expand your knowledge, discover new ideas, and enrich your education.

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As an education student, you're eligible for scholarships designed to fit your financial and academic needs. To find out more, visit our scholarships page or speak with a financial aid expert.

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Fast track options

Degree in three

Many of the majors in the College of Education & Human Performance allow you to complete your bachelor degree in three years, if you choose. Explore the programs available for an accelerated completion plan. 

4+1 to masters

If you plan to become a teacher, you can earn two degrees in five years or less with our unique 4+1 program. Complete your undegraduate and graduate degrees by using up to nine credits that will count toward your Bachelor's in Education and Master's in Educational Technology. Easily plan your DSU credits to save both time and money


After student teaching, you will be ready for your own classroom with its own unique students and learning environment. If your classroom happens to be in another state, simply contact the College of Education & Human Performance to determine the licensure certification requirements outside of South Dakota: (605) 256-5177. You will work with the Director of Field Services at DSU to determine what, if anything, is needed for certification in other states.

While graduates of our Exercise Science programs will be prepared to take on roles like personal trainer or enroll in professional programs such as athletic training, chiropractic medicine, medicine, physician’s assistant, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.


If you want to continue your education, check out our MS in Educational Technology (MSET).

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The College of Education & Human Performance's programs include accreditations from the following organizations; the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the South Dakota Department of Education.


Annual Newsletter

In the College of Education, you’ll be transformed into a devoted educator, with expertise in education fundamentals, pedagogy, and technology. We are excited to share the news of our past year and look forward to another year of excellence at DSU.

College of Education and Human Performance

820 N Washington Ave.
Madison SD 57042