Jul 03, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Educational Administration and Leadership - Director of Special Education (Ed.D.)


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Admission Information   

Student Learning Outcomes   

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.

Program Overview


The educational administration and leadership programs at USD are designed for school district superintendents, elementary and secondary principals, special education directors, curriculum directors, adult educators, and higher education administrators and classroom instructors. They develop education leaders to be effective school administrators by cultivating change for the future. Offered at master’s, educational specialist and doctoral levels, the programs can be taken on-campus, online or via a hybrid learning environment. Specializations vary depending on the degree level. Examples include adult and higher education, curriculum director, pre-K-12 principal, pre-K-12 educational leadership, director of special education and school district superintendent. The USD School of Education has been accredited by CAEP (formerly NCATE) since 1956. Learn more at usd.edu/eal.

DELIVERY: On campus 

Doctor of Education, Director of Special Education


Total 90-95 credit hours with min of 60 credit hours beyond conferred master’s degree or min of 30 credit hours beyond conferred master’s degree & (either specialist degree or 30 credit hours of educational graduate courses).

Supporting Area Coursework


  • EDFN/EPSY Foundations course 3 credit hours
  • EDER Advanced Statistics course 3 credit hours
  • 3 cr
  • Supporting electives/outside courses 9-15 credit hours

Note:


*For licensure in South Dakota students need to take Indian Education (INED) 511. In addition to successfully completing coursework students must take a national professional exam designated by the Division of Educational Leadership to graduate.

Application Requirements


  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification


The educational curriculum for your academic program may or may not meet 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, please review that state and your program on USD’s Licensure-Track Programs webpage. Licensure-Track Programs

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 USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

Questions?


Division of Educational Leadership
605-658-6614 | edad@usd.edu | usd.edu/edleadership

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6200 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

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