A Message from the Division Chair

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Dakota. As our division is primarily concerned with the education of teachers, we offer various areas of study through five degree programs to accommodate the interests, backgrounds, and experiences of prospective students. I strongly encourage you to peruse our website to find a program that matches your interests.

Moreover, coming to USD and studying education means that you will be a part of something great! With the help of a $3.9 million grant from the Bush Foundation, the School of Education and the Division of Curriculum and Instruction are in a continual process to improve the experience and outcomes of those preparing for initial licensure.  Many of our undergraduates will experience a year-long student teaching residency, giving them the opportunity to work with mentor teachers for an extended period of time, going into greater depth regarding the best-practices that impact student learning. We are committed to the undergraduate experience.

For those who are already certified and looking for advanced study in the broad realms of curriculum and instruction, you will be in the company of world-class scholars, academics, and practitioners. Faculty within the Division of Curriculum and Instruction have been prepared at top research universities in the United States and abroad, publish research and scholarship nationally and internationally, and work with teachers and schools to explore the intricacies of teaching and learning within a variety of educational contexts. Through close working relationships with faculty, graduate students are mentored through the process of developing meaningful research that sheds light on dilemmas affecting teaching, learning, schools, and schooling.

With what the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of South Dakota is able to offer, it is my sincerest hope that you can find a home here. Our commitment to the undergraduate experience coupled with our resources for graduate work and research truly sets us apart. Again, welcome to Curriculum and Instruction. It's where teachers go for education. We look forward to working with you.

Nicholas J. Shudak
Division Chair
Associate Professor