School of Education

Preparing teachers for over a century
The Millicent Atkins School of Education builds on Northern's rich history as a teaching college to develop the next generation of caring, innovative teachers.

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Knowledge is key to turning students into teachers. So is experience. At Northern, you’ll receive training and hands-on experience using the latest in classroom technology. High-quality instruction is coupled with hands-on opportunities for internships, lab experiences and service to the community.

​The School of Education also partners with the nearby South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI ) for numerous educational opportunities. This unique partnership will expand even further thanks to the Educational Impact Campaign, resulting in projects including a brand-new SDSBVI facility. Read more here!


Community Engagement

The Millicent Atkins School of Education is proud of its rich heritage of community engagement and involvement. 

Education in the News

Student presenting her research poster

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The 2021 Northern State University Research, Scholarship and Creativity Forum will take place April 21 in the Jewett Regional Science Education Center.

The Teacher Education Program does not require certification as part of program completion, but we help candidates through the application process if they wish to be certified.


Certification and program completion require that all coursework and testing requirements be met (varies by program) as defined in the Teacher Education Handbook; this includes taking and passing the Praxis II content exam for the applicable content area, as well as the Principles of Teaching and Learning for the applicable grade level group.


South Dakota Department of Education

Certification rules and requirement details

Educator Overview

Endorsement Requirements

South Dakota State-Designated Tests 

South Dakota Educator Certification Rules 


Certification questions may be directed to the Registrar’s Office. Program requirement questions may be directed to the School of Education Assessment Coordinator’s Office.  

High School Programs

Get a head start on your college degree at Northern!

  • High School Dual Credit
  • E-learning Center
  • Rising Scholars

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