May 18, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog (ARCHIVED) 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog (ARCHIVED) 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biology Education, B.S.ED.

Students majoring in this program follow the guidelines of the National Science Teachers Association take a biology core and supporting science, computer and mathematics courses. Students majoring in this program will be prepared to teach Biology and a selected minor at the secondary level.

Plan of Study

System-wide General Education Requirement (30 Credits)

Majors must take EPSY 210  , INED 211  , BIOL 151 , BIOL 153 , and MATH 114  as part of the System-wide General Education Requirement.


Students should complete professional education coursework concurrently with general education and content major coursework.

No grade less than a "C" in ENGL 101, EPSY 210, INED 211, MATH 114 and SPCM 101.


* May be repeated provided student does not enroll in the same topics courses. One credit Biology special topics offering may not be combined to substitute for a required or elective three-or-four credit Biology course.

Chemistry Component (8 Credits)

Professional Education Courses (28 Credits)

All Professional Education Courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

1 No grade less than a “C” and must be completed prior to admission to Teacher Education

2 Requires field experience.

Elective (10 Credits)

Yearlong Residency/Student Teaching

Teacher candidates complete a yearlong residency / student teaching capstone experience during the final two semesters prior to graduation.  Placements are made in districts with which the College of Education has a formal partnership and whose personnel are trained in the co-teaching model.  Out-of-area placements are not granted for the yearlong residency / student teaching experience. 

Minor/Endorsement Programs

(Minors leading to South Dakota certification)

See Education Endorsement Programs  in College of Education section for a list of all available minor/endorsement programs for K-12 and Secondary Education majors.

Teaching Certification and Licensure

Dakota State University (DSU) Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the South Dakota State Board of Education. Dakota State University is a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.  All students completing Teacher Certification programs through Dakota State University will be recommended for an initial South Dakota Teaching License regardless of the

state in which they reside while completing the coursework.  Therefore, out-of-state applicants will want to verify the licensure and certification requirements for their state of interest.

Students who successfully complete Educator Preparation Programs at Dakota State University are eligible to receive a recommendation for the applicable teaching certification in the State of South Dakota.  All education graduates are encouraged to apply for South Dakota certification immediately upon completion of their degree.

Teacher education graduates may also be eligible for Dakota State University recommendation for certification in other states. Teaching certification/licensure requirements vary among states.  Dakota State University cannot confirm the graduate will be immediately certified outside of South Dakota and is researching certification/licensure outside of South Dakota.  If you are seeking certification or licensure, you will want to contact the appropriate governing body in your state. The U.S. Department of Education hyperlink will help you learn more about certification in your state:  Please contact the College of Education Office regarding licensure certification outside of South Dakota at 605-256-5177.