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Elementary Education (B.S.)

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

Elementary educators set the stage for lifelong learning.

This important responsibility demands an understanding of modern teaching methods and child development, as well as a broad knowledge in multiple subjects, from literacy, mathematics and science to the arts, health and physical education. The elementary education program prepares graduates to teach students in the elementary grades, including kindergarten through eighth grade, in order to promote their cognitive, physical, emotional and social development. Program content includes the theory and practice of working with children and their families and communities. Students complete a student teaching experience at a selected public school.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working with youths.
  • Are interested in studying and teaching in a specific subject area.
  • Are a patient, positive, creative, energetic person.
  • Have strong communication skills.
  • Are willing to work hard to overcome challenges.

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Para-professional
  • Youth development specialist
  • Youth mentor
  • Director of childcare

Internship Opportunities

  • Preschools public and private
  • Elementary schools public and private
  • Childcare centers
  • Head Start and Early Head Start
  • Boys and Girls Clubs

Suggested Dual Majors

Clubs and Organizations

  • Association for the Education of Young Children - East Central Student Chapter
  • South Dakota Education Association – Student Chapter

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.