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Education, School of

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Dean: Amy Schweinle, Ph.D. (interim)
Associate Dean: Robin Wiebers, Ed.D. (interim)

School of Education
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-677-5437


Degrees Available from the School of Education at the University of South Dakota:

Alternative Teacher Certification  
American Indian Education  

Mental Health Counseling  
Science, Technology, and Math Pedagogy 

Counseling and Psychology in Education
Educational Administration and Leadership
Elementary Education 
Kinesiology and Sport Management 
Secondary Education 
Special Education 

Technology for Education and Training 

Counseling and Psychology in Education
Educational Administration and Leadership

Curriculum and Instruction 
Educational Administration and Leadership

Counseling and Psychology in Education

The School of Education, established by the Board of Regents in 1927, has evolved into its present leadership position in the state offering a broad range of graduate degrees as listed above. The School of Education’s academic programs are organized to include five divisions: Curriculum and Instruction; Counseling and Psychology in Education; Educational Leadership; Kinesiology and Sport Management; and Teacher Residency and Education. Field-based experiences are integrated throughout graduate programs to provide practical application, evidence-based practice, and continual development of life-long learners and leaders.

The shared vision of the School of Education is that of Inspiring and Leading through Excellence in Education. The School is committed to preparing candidates a) to realize their professional potentials through visioning and innovation while being committed to inclusiveness and social justice; b) who have the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions to advocate for learners, align support systems, and facilitate the work of others to foster success; and c) who improve lives through evidence-based best practice, exemplifying the highest ethical and professional standards.

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now renamed as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), has accredited all the School of Education programs for the preparation of elementary/secondary teachers and school service personnel through the doctorate degrees. All programs leading to teacher certification or other school services licensures are approved by the State Board of Education of the South Dakota Department of Education (DOE).

Doctoral Programs in the School of Education

Core Course Requirement - The following core courses must be completed:

  1. A minimum of three semester hours from statistics courses EDER 762 or EDER 860.
  2. A minimum of three semester hours from the five foundation courses:
    AHED 715 Foundations of Global Lifelong Learning
    EDFN 710 History of Education
    EDFN 720 Philosophy of Education
    EDFN 740 Comparative Education
    EPSY 741 Cognitive Approaches to Educational Psychology

Advisory Committee - The division chairperson of the major will appoint a four member advisory committee with the approval of the Graduate Dean when a student becomes fully admitted. One member of the advisory committee must be from outside the major program division.

Credit Hour Requirements - A minimum of ninety (90) semester hours of graduate work (including fifteen (15) semester hours for the dissertation) beyond the baccalaureate degree including a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours beyond the master’s degree, or a minimum of thirty (30) semester hours beyond the specialist in education (Ed.S.) degree is required. At least forty-five (45) semester hours of graduate work (including dissertation) must be in the student’s major and at least fifteen (15) semester hours of supporting graduate courses must be earned in other options as determined by the student’s advisory committee. The balance of the coursework may be selected from any of the departments in the Graduate School. Note: a minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours of post specialist coursework in addition to the dissertation must be earned at the University of South Dakota.

Master’s and Specialist in Education Programs in the School of Education

Required coursework - All initial graduate programs of study (M.A. or initial Ed.S.) must include EDER 761 ‐ Graduate Research and Design within the first 2 semesters of coursework. 

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