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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

Elementary Education (BSE)

Succeed from your first day in the classroom

With a classroom full of students who are excited to learn, it’s no wonder why teaching is one of the most rewarding careers. Children are resilient and full of ideas. We know you are too.

The Elementary Education degree at DSU gives you opportunities to learn from the best practitioners in the college classroom as well as the K-8 classroom. Our nationally accredited program equips you with the knowledge and skills to really make a difference in the lives of your future students. The yearlong residency program develops your classroom management and lesson delivery skills, building confidence for a lifelong career in education.

Use cutting-edge technology to create interest and enhance learning. Help children develop creativity and curiosity, learn about respect and compassion, and instill a desire for lifelong learning.

Online or on-campus courses

The elementary education degree program is offered 100% online or on campus. Whether you are a traditional student or a working professional aspiring to become a teacher, this flexible program allows you to complete your degree how it works best for you – remote, in-person, or hybrid, and as a full-time or part-time student.

Degree in three

Fast-track your education with the option to complete your bachelor’s in Elementary Education in three years. If you choose the accelerated Degree in Three plan, you’ll take courses as a full-time student, with 12-15 credits each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

Education professor listening to student

Learn from the best

Partnered with a master teacher, you will participate in a variety of field experiences, including a semester-long student teaching residence. These field experiences will help you develop classroom management skills, instructional strategies, and build your confidence for a lifelong career in education.

All education students will graduate with a K-12 Technology endorsement, equipping you to integrate the latest teaching and learning tech in the classroom. Students can also choose to earn endorsements in Kindergarten, English as a New Language, and Coaching, or minors in PK-12 Reading and English as a New Language.

Career possibilities

As a well-prepared teacher with a deep understanding of content and pedagogy, you will be ready to take on the teaching world and make a difference in the lives of your future students.

“We can help kids learn to be creative, kind, innovative, and learners for life.”

Bridget Thill, Elementary Education (BSE), '22


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