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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.

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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.

Elementary Education 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.

Learn from the best

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

In addition to our K-12 Technology endorsement, you can earn endorsements in Kindergarten, English as a New Language, and Coaching, as well as 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

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the BSEd degree in K-8 Elementary Education, students will:

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding of content and pedagogy knowledge
  • Demonstrate instructional design principles by planning and preparing effective lessons and learning activities for all learners
  • Engage students by delivery of effective lessons and learning activities, and ensure assessment is fully aligned with the instructional outcomes in both content and process
  • Create a safe and respectful learning environment with an awareness of developmental levels and needs of learners
  • Integrate technology into lessons to create interest and communicate knowledge
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions of effective teachers to positively impact student learning while contributing to the well-being of their district

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