Undergraduate Majors

Elementary Education

A degree in Elementary Education from USF's Fredrikson School of Education will prepare you for meaningful service in the classroom. Through this program, you will learn a variety of skills and methodologies that will enable you to teach in public and private school systems in grades K-8.

In addition to the liberal arts core, Elementary Education majors must earn a minimum of 65 semester hours in education courses and the required hours of student teaching. To view the course requirements, click the link below.

*If you want to specialize in a certain subject area or grade, here are some options available to you at USF:

Secondary Education

The Fredrikson School of Education offers a full major in secondary education. To teach at the secondary level, students pursuing this major will also need to pursue a content-area major in biology, chemistry, communication studies and theatre, English, history or mathematics. Students may also choose to pursue a K-12 art education major, a K-12 music education or K-12 Spanish education major.

*If you want to specialize in a certain subject area or grade, here are some options available to you at USF:

  • Reading Minor
  • English Language Learners (ELL) Minor
  • Middle School Endorsements
    • All USF graduates in Elementary Education (K-8), Secondary Education (7-12), and K-12 Programs (Music and Art) have the components of a middle school endorsement integrated within the programs of study. A Praxis Exam is required for a middle school endorsement in English/language arts, math, social sciences, and science. Visit the South Dakota Department of Education for more information.

Special Education

If you are passionate about making a difference and have a desire to serve others through teaching, a degree in Special Education from USF's Fredrikson School of Education will prepare you for meaningful service in the classroom.

The special education program is not designed as a stand-alone plan of study. Students can pair it with an Elementary Education major or the Secondary/K-12 major (including a content area).

*If you want to specialize in a certain subject area or grade level, here are some options available to you at USF:

Educational Studies

The requirements for the B.A. in Educational Studies are similar to the B.A. in Elementary Education. However, students choosing this path will not be eligible for teacher certification/licensure. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program is a requirement, but students need not show passing scores on the Praxis II exams. An individualized plan of study will be created, based on interest and career goals, and approved by the Chair of the School of Education.

A.A. in Child Development

With an A.A. in Child Development, students will be educated in foundations of early childhood education preparing them for (1) careers in family home day care, group day care, preschool teaching and administration and (2) advanced professional study.

In meeting the University requirements for the Associate of Arts degree, students should select their required 32 semester hours from the liberal arts core requirements. This will enable students to continue studies in Elementary Education at the bachelor's degree level if desired.