“Northern is known for its great education programs, and it’s going to get even better.”
Katelyn Kippes, education major
Author and Northern State University alum Jane Kamletz spoke on campus about her 42 years as an elementary school teacher. MORE
Hannah Mastel received the NSU Health and Physical Education 2014 Major of the Year Award in collaboration with American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
When people think teacher education in South Dakota, they think Northern.
That’s because the NSU School of Education has a reputation for preparing exemplary teachers. In fact, more of South Dakota’s teachers graduated from Northern than any other institution.
As an NSU education student, you will get out into the classroom much earlier than your peers at other universities. You will also get training and hands-on experience using the latest in classroom technology.
Northern is proud of its tradition as a teacher preparation university and the exemplary teachers we graduate. Our goal is to prepare our teacher candidates based on five points:
1. Knowledge of Self
2. Knowledge of Content
3. Knowledge of Learner
4. Knowledge of Pedagogy
5. Knowledge of Self as a Teacher and Member of a Learning Community
Choose your Teaching Path
Northern's School of Education is divided into four departments:
Elementary and Secondary Education
Health and Physical Education
Psychology and Counseling
NSU is the only South Dakota state university to offer a reading clinic practicum for undergraduates under the supervision and guidance of a reading specialist.
If you're majoring in elementary, secondary, or special education, the School of Education's Reading Clinic offers the unique opportunity to tutor a child from anywhere in the United States. MORE
Rural Student Teaching
NSU's Rural Student Teach Placement Project places student teachers in small South Dakota towns, where the school is the heart of the community. You'll be supported throughout this intimate and rewarding experience with supervision, training and stipends from Northern. Learn more HERE
Resources for Teacher Education
Find information and forms for teacher candidates, university supervisors, cooperating teachers and currently enrolled NSU education students on our Resources Page