As an elementary education major at NSU, you'll receive hands-on instruction and extensive in-classroom experience – including courses at a local elementary school – to prepare you to become an exceptional teacher.

Complete your undergraduate degree in only 120 credit hours!


As an elementary education major at Northern, you’ll learn to create lessons that actively involve your students, and how to best address a wide variety of learning styles.


You’ll be encouraged to enhance your employability by earning endorsements in birth through preschool education, kindergarten education, middle level education, and coaching.


Northern also offers the following minors to enhance the value of your degree:

  • E-Learning
  • English as a new language
  • Coaching
  • Reading
  • Early childhood
  • Special education
  • Music minor for education
  • Physical education

In our elementary education program, you'll receive a free iPad in your sophomore or junior year, and learn to use it and other technology tools effectively as a teacher. Through a partnership with the Aberdeen School District, several of your elementary education classes will take place at the new Mike Miller Elementary school, where each student has access to an iPad. To further enhance your educational technology skills, the Creation Lab at Northern's Williams Library offers open access to a 3D printer, 3Doodler Pen, Chromebooks, SMARTboard and AppleTV.


Our partnership with local schools and the community extends beyond the classroom, with recognized student organizations focusing on education, and extracurricular activities involving K-12 students.


You’ll also have the unique opportunity to provide reading and writing instruction to K-8 students through the NSU Reading Clinic.