Feb 07, 2023
95 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours
Departmental Requirements (50 hours)
Nondepartmental Requirements (45 hours)
- BIOL 104 - Foundations of Biology for Educators [SGR #6, HSDC] 2
- BIOL 104L - Foundations of Biology for Educators Lab [SGR #6, HSDC]
- CHEM 104 - Foundations of Chemistry for Educators [SGR #6, HSDC] 2
- CHEM 104L - Foundations of Chemistry for Educators Lab [SGR #6, HSDC]
- ESCI 104 - Foundations of Earth Sciences for Educators [SGR #6, HSDC] 2
- ESCI 104L - Foundations of Earth Sciences for Educators Lab [SGR #6, HSDC]
- PHYS 104 - Foundations of Physics for Educators [SGR #6, HSDC] 2
- PHYS 104L - Foundations of Physics for Educators Lab [SGR #6, HSDC]
- ARTE 310 - K-8 Art Methods (C) 1
- EDER 415 - Educational Assessment (C) 2
- EDFN 438 - Bridging Theory and Practice 3
- EDFN 440 - Classroom Management (C) 3
- EDFN 475 - Human Relations (C) 3
- EPSY 200 - Child/Adolescent Development and Learning 3
- HIST 151 - United States History I (C) [SGR #3, HSDC] 3
- INED 411 - South Dakota Indian Studies (C) 3
- MATH 114 - College Algebra (C) [SGR #5, HSDC] 3
- MATH 341 - Math Concepts for Teachers I (C) 3
- MATH 342 - Math Concepts for Teachers II (C) 3
- MUS 353 - K-8 Music Methods (C) 2
- PE 330 - PK-8 Health, First Aid, Safety, Physical Education Methods 2
- POLS 100 - American Government (C) [SGR #3, HSDC] 3
A student must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.6 to co-register for EDFN 338 and ELED 296 , and, a CGPA of 2.7 to be admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
Must be admitted into Teacher Education to be enrolled in courses in junior year and beyond.
Teacher candidates submit an application for student teaching/residency in December if planning on student teaching in the upcoming fall, or in April if planning on student teaching the following spring. Prior to student teaching, students must have all major/minor coursework completed, and a 2.7 cumulative and major GPA. All coursework in the major/minor must be completed with a “C” or better.
Majors must complete the Natural Science/Natural World requirement by completing the following four courses each with a lab component: PHYS 104 ; CHEM 104 ; ESCI 104 ; BIOL 104 . Each of these two-credit hour courses runs eight-weeks; two courses should be taken in one semester.
Those desiring to do student teaching in kindergarten must complete the Elementary Education & Early Childhood program or Elementary Education & Kindergarten Endorsement program.
System General Education Requirements Elementary Education (15 credit hours*)
Four-Year Program Guides and Costs
USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.
Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification
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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 USD’s State Authorization webpage.