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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

“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach” ― Aristotle

Over the years, you’ve had many teachers. When asked who your favorite teacher was, can you picture their face and remember their name? If so, this teacher has impacted your life tremendously. They taught you to think critically and creatively. They enhanced your learning opportunities. They helped you transform into the person you are today. What if you could impact a student the way your favorite teacher impacted you?

As you go through your education program, you will learn about child development, learning styles, and instructional strategies. Participate in a variety of field experiences in area classrooms, ending with a yearlong 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. Inspire a student to achieve their fullest potential. In the College of Education, 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 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. Then, you’ll present a lesson to the children while focusing on classroom management as well as 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 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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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, 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.

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

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

  • K-12 teacher
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Secondary Teacher


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.


Dr. Luke Chowning teaching a kinesiology class.

From reps to strides

Dakota State University’s exercise science program goes beyond the sweat, teaching students about the human body, physical activity, health, nutrition, research and exercise prescription for athletes and the general population.

Chester Teacher of the Year Sara Mersch

DSU graduate named Chester Teacher of the Year

Chester Teacher of the Year Sara Mersch knows the school district well, having graduated from Chester High School in 1996. She walked the same halls her students walk now, ate in the same cafeteria.

Longevity 2024

Longevity Milestones

Dakota State University recognized employees for their dedication and commitment at the annual Longevity Reception on April 16.

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College of Education

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Madison SD 57042