Rural Student Teaching Program

The Rural Student Teacher Project seeks to place the student teacher in a small, rural South Dakota school which might seldom have the opportunity to host student teachers.
In the Rural Student Teaching program, you'll experience life in a small town where the local school is a large part of the community. You'll be supervised through distance technology by university supervisors at Northern, and receive training and stipends from the E-learning Center to facilitate your move to the rural community.

Participating Schools

  • Bowdle
  • Britton
  • Castlewood
  • Chester
  • Clark
  • Doland
  • Edmunds Central
  • Elkton
  • Enemy Swim Day School
  • Eureka
  • Faulkton
  • Florence
  • Gettysburg
  • Henry
  • Hitchcock-Tulare
  • Hoven
  • Kimball
  • Langford
  • Leola
  • McLaughlin
  • Milbank
  • Miller
  • Northwestern
  • Redfield
  • Sisseton
  • Smee
  • Summit
  • Timber Lake
  • Waubay
  • Webster
  • Wessington Springs
  • Wilmot
  • Wolsey-Wessington
  • Woonsocket
Secondary Education


  • Student teachers can receive a stipend for participation in the program
  • Students utilize technology to collaborate with and receive supervision from their university supervisor
  • Schools are able to identify anticipated needs and students are then placed based upon those needs, allowing both the school and student to determine if the school/community might be a good long-term fit