Elementary Education

NSU provides hands-on instruction combined with extensive in-classroom experience – including courses held within an actual elementary school – to prepare you to become an effective and engaging elementary school teacher.

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Elementary Education

The elementary education program is the largest education program at NSU. Here, you’ll learn to create lessons that actively involve children and address a wide variety of learning styles.


You’ll also be encouraged to enhance your employability by earning endorsements in birth through preschool education, kindergarten education, middle level education, and coaching. NSU also offers minors in coaching, early childhood education, mathematics for elementary teachers, music for elementary teachers, science for elementary teachers, social science for elementary teachers, reading, and special education. 


At NSU, you’ll learn to use the latest instructional technologies. Students in NSU’s program receive an iPad, and learn to use these and other technology tools in elementary school. Through a partnership with the Aberdeen School District, several NSU elementary education classes are held at the new Mike Miller Elementary school - where all students have access to their own iPad and other recent educational technologies.


Our partnership with the school district and community extends beyond the classroom with education clubs and extracurricular activities involving K-12 students.


NSU’s Williams Library recently opened a creation lab where you’ll have open access to a 3D printer, 3Doodler Pen, Chromebooks, SMARTboard and AppleTV.


You’ll also have the unique opportunity to provide reading and writing instruction to K-8 students through the distinguished NSU Reading Clinic.





NSU’s B.S. in elementary education program provides the necessary framework for an entry-level career in teaching. Graduates can pursue careers as elementary teachers or paraprofessionals, or apply to graduate school.


NSU offers academic advising throughout your college experience, as well as focused career planning. For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


Students gain valuable hands-on experience during their sophomore field experience and two residencies. NSU’s extensive field experiences, under the supervision of university faculty, give you the practical experience and assistance you need to apply your newly gained knowledge in the elementary classroom.


School of Education scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and upperclassmen. For details, please email Jennifer Hieb or call 605-626-2417.


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