Thank you for visiting the School of Education at the University of South Dakota. We are proud to be recognized among the top public graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The recognition demonstrates the excellence of our undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff and larger University of South Dakota community.

As we enter our 90th year as a school of education, we are excited to continue our history of excellence as we move to our 100th year. During the first 90 years as the state’s flagship school of education, we have produced great practitioners and leaders who have moved our communities forward through teaching, learning, counseling, leading and managing. Also, as a Carnegie-recognized research institution, we pride ourselves on connecting research to practice as a way of promoting evidence-based learning and practice.

As we move toward our 100th year, we continue to stand strong in:

  • Preparing expert professionals for schools and human service organizations through programs in counseling, school psychology and human development and educational psychology. Our counseling program in the Counseling and Psychology Division is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs. These programs have some of the highest placement rates in the state. The division also prepares candidates in school psychology, with faculty who are helping to shape the standards in the field. The Human Development and Educational Psychology program develops student competency in human development, cognition and motivation and research and statistics. The program faculty are engaged in research related to learning and technology, the science of learning, social-neuroscience and using advanced statistics.
  • Preparing professional educators to be tomorrow’s leaders in teaching through developmental, integrative and reflective practices. We have one of the most recognized university-based, year-long teacher resident programs in the nation housed in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. This signature portion of our program gives candidates real-life teaching experiences as part of their education. Candidates’ residencies prepare them to graduate as highly effective teachers while providing candidates with embedded course experience not available in other education programs. Our teacher education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
  • Preparing education leaders to be effective school administrators. Our Educational Leadership programs are part of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, which is an international group of universities with the goal of improving the professional preparation of education at the highest level. The program offers master's and doctoral degrees in PK-12 administration and adult and higher education administration. Faculty in the division created the Cultivating Leadership, Effectiveness, Achievement and Responsiveness in Education Conference, which convenes school leaders, teachers, teacher educators and leader educators to discuss solution-oriented strategies in K-12 education.
  • Preparing experts in experience science and sports management through hands-on preparation and the exploration and enhancement of physical activity. Students in the Division of Kinesiology and Sport Management have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty in the field. Our students have had internships with and been employed by major sports organizations and teams across the nation. Faculty also use the program’s biomechanics lab to study and analyze movement and body function.

I am proud the be a part of the School of Education and the University of South Dakota. As we move closer to our 100th year anniversary, we welcome you to be a part of this exciting experience.

Donald Easton-Brooks Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education