Sep 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Elementary Education (M.A.)


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Admissions Information  

The M.A. in Elementary Education (Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Early Childhood, and Science, Technology and Math Education ) specializations have been distinctly designed for the practicing educator.  Candidates in our program will experience a current and relevant curriculum designed to meet their professional needs. Our programs focus on teaching principles of learning and instruction through a framework of current theory, research, best practices, diversity, and technology in order to prepare reflective graduates that have broad knowledge of the multiple factors affecting individuals’ development, performance, and leadership within P-12 classrooms and professional practice.

Degree requirements vary and are based on the student’s individual need. Below is a brief explanation each program’s credit-hour requirements.

Master of Arts, Elementary Education Plan B (non-thesis) option: Total 30 credit hours


Note: Plan A (thesis) also available. Four credit hours of thesis are required in lieu of an elective. 

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Learners Specialization


Major Requirements


Accelerated Master’s Program: B.A. or B.S./M.A with Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Learners specialization

Up to 12 credits applied toward the B.S. program may be used to satisfy graduate credit. The following restrictions apply:

  1. Dual-listed courses taken at the 500-level can be applied to both the B.A./B.S. and M.S. degrees. Dual-listed courses must be taken at the 500-level.
  2. The student must apply to, and be admitted to, the accelerated program prior to taking courses to be credited toward the accelerated program.
  3. No courses taken prior to admission to the accelerated program may be counted toward an accelerated graduate degree.
  4. Courses that are “double counted” must be approved by the program coordinator for inclusion in the program of study prior to registration for the course or the credits will not be applied toward the accelerated graduate degree.
  5. Only courses taken at the student’s home institution are eligible for accelerated program credit. No transferred courses from other institutions will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.
  6. Students admitted to the accelerated M.A. Program may be allowed to register for all courses included in his/her program of study and these credit hours may apply to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Early Childhood Education Specialization


Science, Technology and Math Education (STEM) Specialization


Master of Arts Elementary Education, Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Plan B (non-thesis) option: Total 30 credit hours


Students in this program are required to take the Praxis Exam for Reading Specialists as an additional graduation requirement.

Note: Plan A (thesis) also available. Four credit hours of thesis are required in lieu of an elective.

Major Area Coursework


Supporting Area Coursework


  • 3 cr hrs
  • 1 to 3 cr hrs Research Topics -Advanced Readings 1 cr required
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  • Student Teaching or Electives approved by advisor (student may also take Plan A Thesis in these credit hours) 8 cr hrs

  • 1-8 cr hrs
  • 1-8 cr hrs
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  • Elective with approval of Advisor-Students who have not completed graduate level middle level reading (MLED 560) or secondary reading methods courses (SEED 550) will be required to take one of them as an elective. Students who have completed either MLED 560 or SEED 550 will enroll in an elective approved by the advisor. (3 credit hours required)

Note:


Students who have not completed SEED 550 7-12 Reading and Content Literacy or its equivalent, or MLED 560 or its equivalent, will be required to select one of the two courses as an elective. Students who have completed SEED 550 or MLED 560 while completing their undergraduate degree may count one of these on their Master’s degree.

Accelerated Master’s Program: B.A. or B.S./M.A. with Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach specialization


Up to 12 credits applied toward the B.A./B.S. program may be used to satisfy graduate credit in the Elementary Education, M.A.-Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach Plan B (non-thesis) option. 

The following restrictions apply:

  1. Dual-listed courses taken at the 500-level can be applied to both the B.A. or B.S. and M.A. degrees. Dual-listed courses must be taken at the 500-level.
  2. The student must apply to, and be admitted to, the accelerated program prior to taking courses to be credited toward the accelerated program.
  3. No courses taken prior to admission to the accelerated program may be counted toward an accelerated graduate degree.
  4. Courses that are “double counted” must be approved by the program coordinator for inclusion in the program of study prior to registration for the course or the credits will not be applied toward the accelerated graduate degree.
  5. Only courses taken at the student’s home institution are eligible for accelerated program credit. No transferred courses from other institutions will be allowed to count toward the accelerated master’s degree.
  6. Students admitted to the accelerated M.A. Program may be allowed to register for all courses included in his/her program of study and these credit hours may apply to both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Candidates will understand and apply knowledge and skills appropriate to their professional field of specialization. 
  2. Candidates will demonstrate understanding of principles of learning that are appropriate to their field of specialization. 
  3. Candidates will demonstrate professional dispositions that are appropriate to their field of specialization.

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification


The University of South Dakota as of July 1, 2020, cannot confirm whether any particular course or program meets educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, contact the academic department offering your major or CDE at 605.658.6152 or by email at cde@usd.edu. USD is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage below.

Information about State Authorization & Professional Licensure

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