School of Education Curriculum and Instruction

Application to Teacher Education Program

Teachers shape our future.


We know that the PK-12 teachers from the University of South Dakota School of Education will positively impact the future of our Nation and World through the children and youth they teach.  That is why we are committed to providing an outstanding teacher preparation program at USD.

The teacher education program at USD is an exemplary program that is accredited by the SD State Department of Education and nationally by NCATE. Our teacher education students are known for their leadership and reflective decision making skills as they meet the needs of PK-12 students. They perform well on national teaching exams, prepare outstanding electronic teaching portfolios, and participate in numerous field experiences.

Application Process to the Teacher Education Process

Education majors are admitted to The Teacher Education Program when they have achieved sophomore standing (completion of 30 hours), if they meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of an oral communication course
  • Passing scores on the Pre Professional Skills Test (Math, Reading and Writing)
  • Completion of the introductory course work. Foundations of Education Paraprofessional Field Experience with a grade of C or better
  • Proficient in appropriate technology (TET 200) with a grade of C or better
  • Faculty recommendations
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.6
  • Satisfactory evaluation in at least one paraprofessional or field experience.

Get the Application for Teacher Education (requires valid USD username and password)

For more information please contact the Division of Curriculum and Instruction.

Teacher Education

Education Class The USD School of Education teacher education program prepares teachers that can create, share, and apply knowledge for 21st century classrooms.