Elementary Education

NSU provides hands-on instruction combined with extensive in-classroom experience – including courses that take place at a local elementary school – to prepare you to become an effective and engaging elementary school teacher.

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School of Education

Elementary Education

In the elementary education program 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:

  • Coaching
  • Early childhood education
  • Mathematics, music, science or social science for elementary teachers
  • Reading
  • Special education

In our program, you'll receive an iPad, and learn to use it and other technology tools effectively as an elementary school 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 education clubs 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.





Northern’s B.S. in elementary education program prepares you to make an impact in the teaching field. Graduates can pursue careers as elementary teachers or paraprofessionals, or apply to graduate school.


NSU offers academic advising throughout your college experience, as well as focused career planning. For more information on careers in your major or help choosing a major, contact the NSU Career Center.


Students gain valuable hands-on experience during their sophomore field experience and two residencies. NSU’s extensive field experiences, under the supervision of our caring university faculty, prepare you to make an impact in the lives of elementary students.


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


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For more information about this degree contact Justin Bartel or call 605-626-2429.

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