The U.S. is experiencing a critical shortage of highly qualified special education teachers. You’ll be highly employable with a degree in special education from Northern State University!

The special education bachelor's degree gives you the skills necessary to support students with diverse learning needs in a variety of settings as a special education teacher, and often is paired as a double major with NSU’s elementary education degree.


Each candidate admitted to our teacher education program receives an iPad. Our special education majors often hear from special education experts and work with area schools. To further enhance your classroom experience, NSU’s special education professors have forged partnerships with community programs that serve people with disabilities.


NSU has an active Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) chapter, providing additional opportunities to work with students with disabilities in our community.


NSU students have a high first-trial pass rate on the required Praxis exams. 



NSU’s K-12 special education degree prepares you to work with students with disabilities in a variety of settings such as schools, residential facilities, and hospitals, or to work as an adult service provider.


For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact Career Services.


NSU special education students gain valuable hands-on experience in field placements during their sophomore, junior and senior years, including a formal student teaching experience.


School of Education scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and upperclassmen. For details, please call the School of Education at 605-626-2415.


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