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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

Online Secondary Education Certificate

Uncover the content and pedagogy behind teaching

Having a deep understanding of content and pedagogy is crucial when it comes to teaching. With our certificate in Online Secondary Education, you’ll have the knowledge you need to be a successful middle school or high school teacher. 

Our certificate will allow you to craft interesting yet effective lessons and learning activities for various types of learners. Absorb pertinent information, like how to keep track of student progress, or how to ensure your assessments are fully aligned with instructional outcomes. Study classroom environments and how to create a safe and respectful atmosphere for your students.


This online academic certificate program is a collaborative effort between the South Dakota Regental universities. This program provides an option for individuals who want to become teachers and who have a baccalaureate degree in a content area in which the South Dakota Board of Education certifies teachers. This certificate program prepares prospective teachers with the necessary pedagogical knowledge and skills to succeed as K-12 or secondary teachers.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Online Certificate in Secondary 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