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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Educational Administration and Leadership - School District Superintendent (Ed.D.)

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Admissions Information  

Division of Educational Leadership 

The Division of Educational Leadership develops innovative scholar-practitioners and transformational leaders who use critical theory to solve complex problems of practice.

Doctor of Education, Superintendent: Total 90-95 credit hours with a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond a conferred master’s degree and a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond a conferred master’s degree and specialist’s degree.

Supporting Area Coursework


In addition to successfully completing coursework students must take a national professional exam designated by the Division of Educational Leadership to graduate.

*For licensure in South Dakota students need to take Indian Education (INED) 511.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Use inquiry to identify problems and bring about solutions to complex problems.  
  • Model equity-oriented inclusive leadership, including challenging injustices within the system. 
  • Acknowledge that every change is systemic change and lead people/institutions through the process. 
  • Respect multiple perspectives and diversity of thought.  
  • Build strong partnerships through communication, presence, and mutually beneficial endeavors. 
  • Inspire a shared mission and vision focused on the well-being and success of every member of the organization. 

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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