About the School of Education

Millicent Atkins Statue
Millicent Atkins


NSU received $15 million — the largest donation in the university’s history – from the estate of Atkins, a Northern graduate. The money is being used to benefit the School of Education.

Atkins, who attended high school in Columbia, S.D., received a teaching degree from Northern in 1940. She taught school for a few years, but later moved on to tend to her greater passion in life - farming.

The school was renamed the Millicent Atkins School of Education to honor her generous gift.


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The Millicent Atkins School of Education at Northern State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at Northern State University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.