orthern is known for its great education programs, and it’s going to get even better.”
Katelyn Kippes, education major
Northern will offer a Master of Education degree in principal preparation, which incorporates nationally recognized best practices for training future principals and administrators. MORE
NSU sport marketing and administration students are tackling big internship opportunities MORE
NSU professor of e-learning Dr. Gregory Francom's multiplatform interactive digital textbook has been published. MORE
NSU Professor of Education Alan Neville presented on reservation water quality at the 40th annual Great Plains Symposium. MORE
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 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 path
Northern's School of Education is divided into four departments:
Health and Physical Education
Psychology and Counseling
NSU Reading Clinic
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 NSU's Reading Clinic
offers the unique opportunity to tutor a child from anywhere in the United States.
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