Curriculum and Instruction Undergraduate

Preparing tomorrow's leaders in education

We train future education professionals through developmental, integrative and reflective practices.


Elementary Education

Students completing the elementary education program have particular strengths in diversity, technology and intervention for K-8 children. The four-year program includes a full year of residency in a K-8 public school. Students can combine elementary education with special education as a double major or customize the program with a certification in kindergarten or early childhood education.

Secondary Education

Students can complete the secondary education program in a variety of subjects. Actual high school classroom activities and classroom observations begin during sophomore year and students get extensive classroom teaching experience in the yearlong residency.

Special Education

Students majoring in special education do so as a double major with either elementary or secondary education, receiving a basic elementary or secondary certificate with a second major for K-12 special education. It's a four year program, which includes two semesters of student teaching, one in each of the major areas.

Teacher Education Program Application 

Education majors interested in teaching are admitted to teacher education programs when they have achieved sophomore standing (completion of 30 hours). 

Apply to a Teacher Education Program

Kinesiology and Sport Management

The division of Kinesiology and Sport Management also offers programs in physical education, coaching and health teaching.


If you've already completed a baccalaureate degree and are interested in becoming a teacher, you can complete a secondary education certificate program.

You can also complete a certification while taking courses for a different baccalaureate degree.


Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Full-Year Residency

    School of Education students gain experience in teacher preparation though a year-long residency teaching experience. That's in addition to field-based experiences that are integrated throughout the undergraduate program to provide practical application and real-world development of skills. Music and art education students complete one semester of student teaching experience.

  • Active Student Organizations

    Our students have the opportunity to build their professional experience through student organizations for undergraduate students within the School of Education. The National Association for Education of the Young Child, Council for Exceptional Children, South Dakota Educational Association and Reading Council are all ways students can get involved outside the classroom.

  • Induction and Mentoring

    If you want to continue your education with an advanced degree, Induction and Mentoring allows you to complete a master's program in 15 months. Students work with specific schools to complete their education alongside an experienced teacher also completing an advanced degree program who acts as a mentor for the new teacher.

After Graduation

Potential Careers

The demand for good, qualified teachers is on the rise. Just like the many subject areas you can choose there is also a wide variety of types of schools where you can teach including:

  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Charter Schools
  • Urban Schools
  • Rural Schools
  • Magnet Schools
  • High Needs Schools

But not all education majors are found in the classroom. Education graduates can be found working in technology, workshops, media positions, consulting firms and in administrative boardrooms.