Jul 14, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education, B.S.ED.

The elementary education curriculum includes a solid core of general education and content courses designed to provide a broad background for prospective teachers by developing knowledge, skills and attitudes, that lead to effective teaching and provides the courses necessary for certification in K-12 Educational Technology Endorsement.  Many courses in the major require participation in field experiences prior to yearlong residency / student teaching.

Location(s): Madison Main Campus and Online

Learning Outcomes

Plan of Study - Elementary Education (BSE) 23-24  


System-Wide General Education Requirement (30 Credits)

Majors must take MATH 114  (or a course requiring MATH 114  as a prerequisite), HIST 151  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 , HIST 151  and INED 211 .



Students must complete 30 hours of system-wide general education courses in their first 64 credit hours.

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

2 Requires field experience.

Professional Education Courses (83 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. 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:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.  Please contact the College of Education Office regarding licensure certification outside of South Dakota at 605-256-5177.