Dec 02, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Elementary Education/Special Education, B.S.ED.

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This degree program is designed to provide prospective teachers with essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively with students who are mentally, physically, and/or emotionally challenged in K-12 inclusive, resource and self contained settings. Students completing this major will qualify for certification in elementary education for grades K-8 and K-12 special education and certification in K-12 Educational Technology Endorsement.

Location(s): Madison Main Campus and Online

Learning Outcomes

Plan of Study for Elementary Education-Special Education 22-23  


System-Wide General Education Requirement (30 credits)

Majors must take MATH 114  (or a course requiring MATH 114 as a prerequisite), EPSY 210  and INED 211  as part of the System-Wide General Education Requirement.

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


1 No grade less than a "C" - must be completed prior to admission to Teacher Education

2 Requires field experience

Professional Education Courses (105 Credits)

All professional education courses require a grade of "C" or better.

Electives (7 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. 

Teaching Certification and Licensure

Dakota State University (DSU) Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the South Dakota State Board of Education and are nationally accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 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.

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