About the College of Education

The 1881 Dakota Territorial Legislature established Dakota State University to prepare teachers to help meet the needs of an emerging society - that of the western frontier. Today, South Dakota again faces a new frontier - the Information Age.

Dakota State University now prepares teachers to meet these new challenges and to lead the process of technological change in schools. Our graduates have the will, the expertise, and the vision to advocate for the paradigm shifts required of schools in the 21st century.

The College of Education has kept the best of its heritage and tradition in teacher preparation by continuing to meet the needs of a changing profession. As the profession faces the new demands the 21st century places upon society's educational structures, the College recognizes its teacher education graduates must do more than simply prepare for the coming changes. Its graduates must be empowered to actively participate in shaping the changes that will characterize schools in the future.

Technology is one of the primary vehicles of change through which the teaching profession marshals its energy and collective wisdom to create the schools of the 21st century. Technology connects teachers and students to the global environment enabling them to imagine, create, evaluate, and solve problems even from distant locations. Teachers use computers to design instruction, manage classroom activities and resources, create lessons, prepare assessments, and perform tasks not yet envisioned.

All Dakota State University teacher education graduates earn a certification in K-12 Educational Technology on their certificate due to the intense computing preparation they receive in their programs.


The vision of the College of Education is to prepare highly-qualified educators and be recognized in the state and nation for outstanding programs.


The mission of the College of Education is to guide undergraduate and graduate students through the process of acquiring and applying professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions with emphasis on integrating technology in the teaching and learning process to positively impact K-12 learning.

Conceptual Framework

Teaching: A Journey Worth Taking Conceptual Framework

The College of Education is committed to the following core values:

  • Knowledge
  • Planning & Preparation
  • Instruction & Assessment
  • Technology
  • Classroom Management
  • Professionalism

The DSU Teacher Education program is aligned to the INTASC standards listed below:

  1. Knowledge of subject matter
  2. Knowledge of human development and learning
  3. Adapting instruction for diverse learners
  4. Multiple instructional strategies
  5. Classroom motivation and management skills
  6. Classroom interaction skills
  7. Instructional planning skills
  8. Assessment of student learning
  9. Professional reflection and growth
  10. Collaboration
  11. Using and integrating technology

Last Updated: 7/31/12