Elementary Education (BSE)

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Nothing can prepare you for the sense of ownership and pride, and of, well, home you might know someday in a room you fill every day you teach. DSU's elementary education major (offered on campus and online) is steeped in this sort of awareness.

DSU knows that teaching is so much more than the paperwork, certification rules, and lesson plans. Teaching is an utterly human activity, full of emotion and driven by guts and joy. Come study with us here at DSU.

Benefits of studying elementary 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 education majors.

DSU students receive outstanding field experiences. Most of our classes are hands-on and all students receive practicum experiences 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 one level (elementary or middle school) to give you greater breadth in teaching.

Integrated technology

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

  • Elementary Education Teacher
  • K-12 Technology Teacher
  • Title I Teacher

Next steps

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

Schedule a campus visit to meet elementary 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.

What Alumni Say

Amanda Gilman '10

"The integration of technology in the education program at Dakota State has prepared me for my job in education in countless ways. Technology is constantly changing, and as a classroom teacher, I am expected to know how to use it. I would not be able to develop these new skills as quickly without a background in technology. Our classrooms are constantly using iPads, mini laptops, and a Smart Board. Students are continuously exposed to technology outside of the classroom, and it makes learning more exciting to them when we are using up-to-date technology inside of the classroom, too."

Amanda Gilman '10
Job Title: 5th Grade Teacher at Longfellow Elementary School, Mitchell High School Sideline Cheer Coach
Major: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education