About the School of Education

Message from the Dean
The School of Education at Northern State University is committed to serving South Dakota and the region through professional programs built on high-quality instruction, practical research, and meaningful service. The NSU School of Education offers exciting programs in the areas of Elementary/Secondary/Special Education and E-Learning, Health and Physical Education, and Psychology and Counselor Education. NSU has a strong tradition of preparing successful educators for more than 100 years. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has accredited our teacher preparation program through 2021.
Our faculty members are committed to ensuring student learning and success. Each faculty member provides students opportunities to master contemporary theories and content and to apply these in practical field experiences that enrich their lives and those they serve. Education faculty at Northern also employ the latest learning technologies and classroom tools to ensure that their students are fully prepared to serve in today's classrooms.
Whether you are a high school student, currently enrolled at another university, or an adult looking for a career enhancement, Northern may be just the right fit for you. The size of the campus and student body will allow you to get involved and to pursue your passions. As you contemplate your next step, I would love to visit with you about what NSU and the School of Education have to offer.
It is our goal to transform students, schools, and communities. We invite you join us and embark on a career in which you will have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of others!
     Dean, Millicent Atkins School of Education
Millicent Atkins Statue
Millicent Atkins


NSU received $15 million — the largest donation in the university’s history – from the estate of Atkins, a Northern graduate. The money is being used to benefit the School of Education.

Atkins, who attended high school in Columbia, S.D., received a teaching degree from Northern in 1940. She taught school for a few years, but later moved on to tend to her greater passion in life - farming.

The school was renamed the Millicent Atkins School of Education to honor her generous gift.


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The Millicent Atkins School of Education at Northern State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at Northern State University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.