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2015-2016 Undergraduate catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate catalog [Archived Catalog]

Curriculum and Instruction Division

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Nicholas J. Shudak, Chairperson
115 Delzell Education Center
(605) 677-5210




Lisa Hazlett, English, Language Arts Education
Gera Jacobs, Early Childhood Education
Bill Sweeney, Special Education
Garreth Zalud, Reading Education

Associate Professors:

Gary Cheeseman, Indian Education
Cathy Ezrailson, Science, Education
Susan Gapp, Language Arts, Reading Education
Kris Reed, Secondary Education, Elementary Education
Kevin Reins, Mathematics Education
Nicholas J. Shudak, Division Chair of Curriculum and Instruction

Assistant Professors:

Jing An, Social Studies Education
Sherrie Bosse, Early Childhood, Elementary Education
Karen Kindle, Language Arts, Reading Education


Pat Bruinsma, Technology Education
Theresa Skinner, Residency Instructor
Don Versteeg, Technology Education
Andrea Wange, Residency Instructor
Robin Wiebers, Secondary Education, Assistant Dean, Director of Student Affairs


Elementary Education, B.S.Ed.


Early Childhood Education
Kindergarten Education
K-12 English as a New Language


Elementary Education, B.S.Ed.
Elementary Education/Special Education, B.S.Ed.
Secondary Education/Special Education, B.S.Ed.
Secondary Education, B.S.Ed.


Art Education, B.F.A.
Biology Education
Chemistry Education, B.S.
Earth Sciences Education, B.S.
English Education
History Education
Mathematics Education
Modern Languages Education (French, B.A.; German, B.A.; Spanish, B.A. OR B.S.Ed.)
Music Education (Instrumental or Vocal), B.M.
Physical Education (See KSS Division)
Physics Education, B.S.
Political Science Education B.A./B.S.
Spanish Education
Speech Education
Theatre Education, B.F.A.


Physical Science


Earth Sciences
K-12 English as a New Language
Mass Communication
Modern Languages
    French Education
    German Education
    Spanish Education
Music (Instrumental or Vocal)
Political Science
Speech Communication


CERTIFICATION ONLY PROGRAM (For students with completed Baccalaureate Degrees)

*To be considered a highly qualified teacher in your major or minor in South Dakota, you must meet the qualifying score on the Praxis Content test. To student teach in an area, you must also meet the qualifying score on the appropriate Praxis Content test. All Praxis scores including subtest scores must be provided to the Student Services office to progress in or complete teacher certification programs. See SESS advisors for required assessments by field of study.

USD may recommend candidates for certification to the South Dakota Department of Education in all teaching programs as listed in ARSD 24:16:08 Requirements for Basic Teaching Programs.

The Division of Curriculum and Instruction is the unit within the School of Education that helps to prepare teachers. The primary purpose of the Division is to prepare educators who practice reflective decision making and leadership based on the most current and relevant understandings of theory, research, and practice in education. Program areas within the Division of Curriculum and Instruction include Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Students engaging in study to become teachers participate in coursework and supervised field-based experiences that link theory and practice. In addition to an outstanding teacher preparation program, the Division also offers students centralized advising in order to help ensure program success.


The mission of the Elementary Education undergraduate program in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction is to prepare reflective teachers whose instructional decision making is based on current theory, research, knowledge and experience in the field of elementary education to meet the future rural, urban, global, and community needs of society. The focus is on supporting the development of highly qualified elementary teachers who demonstrate leadership skills and have the dispositions and expertise to establish a sound educational foundation and effective instructional programs that are based on best practices for pre-school through eighth grade students.

The undergraduate Special Education Program is designed to prepare entry-level special education and general education teachers to meet the demands of students with special needs in the State of South Dakota and the surrounding region. The Special Education program emphasizes reflective decision making, leadership, research and service through the rigor and professionalism that are the hallmark of the educational experience at the University of South Dakota. Students in the Special Education Program are required to demonstrate a solid knowledge base and dispositions via pedagogical and experiential opportunities that promote the development of highly qualified special educators.

The mission of the Secondary Education Program in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction is to prepare highly qualified teachers to work with secondary students in diverse middle and high school settings, and to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to develop knowledge in their professional fields, acquire pedagogical skills for improving and assessing student learning, and develop dispositions expected of professional educators. 


  • Donald L. Bechtel Scholarship (Junior or Senior Secondary Education Major)
  • John and Helen Buehler Scholarship (Sophomore Education Major)
  • Tony Cacek Outstanding Social Studies Student Award (Senior Social Studies Education Major)
  • Pauline V. Champeny Memorial Scholarship (Junior or Senior Education Major)
  • Jane Bartling Christensen Scholarship (Best electronic portfolio at second review-Elementary Education Major)
  • Mark W. Delzell Memorial Scholarship (Junior or Senior Education Major)
  • Elizabeth Fritsch Memorial Scholarship (Senior Special Education Major)
  • Norman G. & Mildred L. Herren Scholarship (Elementary Education Major)
  • Constance L. Hoag Education Scholarship (Senior Elementary Education or Special Education Major)
  • Hazel Linderman Scholarship (Junior Elementary Education Major)
  • Pearl McKellar Fry and Mavis Fry Bye Scholarship (Female Junior or Senior Education Major)
  • Bernice Newell Memorial Scholarship (Senior Elementary Education Major)
  • Andrew D. and Carrie Aust Olson Memorial Scholarship (Junior Science Education Major)
  • Ben and Lillie Otto Memorial Scholarship (Junior or Senior Secondary Education Major)
  • Maureen Senner Pickering/Leland L. Steele Memorial Scholarship (Junior or Senior Education Major)
  • Marie Reetz and Samuel R. Turney Scholarship (Junior or Senior Education Major)
  • Raleigh R. Steinbach Memorial Scholarship (Senior Secondary Education Major)
  • Tom Walter Scholarship (Sophomore or Junior Elementary Education Major)
  • Mary Wanserski Memorial Scholarship (Female Nontraditional Junior or Senior Education Major)
  • Norman Ward Memorial Scholarship (Junior or Senior Secondary Education Major)
  • Robert Wood Elementary Education/Special Education Scholarship (Junior or Senior Elementary or Special Education Major)


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