Why earn a bachelor's degree elementary education at UND?

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Dec. 15
May 1

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Teaching students is one of the most fulfilling careers. With a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education from UND, you will be eligible to pursue teaching licensure — and make your mark on the future.

As a teacher candidate at UND, you'll study current curriculum, digital technologies, student-centered pedagogies, differentiated instruction and assessment. Multiple field experiences will provide you with additional opportunities for authentic teaching and learning. We also offer the opportunity to student teach anywhere in the United States or abroad.

As the most comprehensive teacher education program in the region, UND offers a wide range of minors and specialty area concentrations to complement your elementary education degree.

Earn additional teaching credentials through minors in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Language Learner/Bilingual Education
  • Kindergarten Endorsement
  • Literacy Education
  • Middle School Education
  • Special Education

Graduates of UND's Elementary Education program are well prepared to work with diverse students and within diverse school settings. You will have the confidence, knowledge, skills and dispositions to provide innovative teaching and learning strategies with best practices in curriculum, instruction, digital technology, and assessment.

Elementary Education at UND

  • Work directly with students in diverse schools and communities. Gain insight by presenting and reviewing practice lessons with your peers.

  • Develop and teach lessons in authentic learning environments.

  • Learn and teach with innovative and interactive digital technologies.

  • All Teacher Education programs at UND are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the North Dakota Educational Standards and Practices Board.

  • Lead a classroom of your choice as a student teacher.

  • Spend a semester abroad taking elementary education courses and learning about international education.

Careers in Elementary Education


UND Elementary Education graduates employed or pursuing graduate degrees

UND University Analytics & Planning


Median salary for elementary school teachers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The outlook is promising for jobs in education. There is a teacher shortage across our region and a great need for high-quality elementary teachers in the nation.

With a B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education from UND, you'll be on your way to a rewarding career in education. For example:

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Education Specialist
  • School Principal
  • School Counselor
  • Instructional Coach

When You Major in Elementary Education

An Elementary Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Primary Education
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Educational Technologies

UND Elementary Education Major Alumni

Elementary Education alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Grand Forks Public Schools
  • Bismarck Public Schools
  • West Fargo School District 6
  • Fargo Public Schools

Elementary Education Courses You Could Take

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