Pathways to Teaching

In order to serve our school districts, USD's School of Education partners with state and local schools to recruit and provide pathways for students entering the profession. 

Culturally Responsive Teacher Pathway

The USD Culturally Responsive Teacher Pathway was created in collaboration with the Sioux Falls School District to encourage and inspire current Sioux Falls High School students with diverse backgrounds to enter the field of education, and return to Sioux Falls to teach. Students of color make up more than 1/3 of the Sioux Falls School District's enrollment. However, 98 percent of teachers in Sioux Falls are white, a number that has not changed in decades.

The goal of the USD Culturally Responsive Teacher Pathway is to not only inspire more high quality students of color to enter into education, but to also educate all interested students who want to learn how to become a culturally responsive teacher. This unique partnership, based on the research and previous work of USD SOE Dean Donald Easton-Brooks, aims to transform local communities with its creation of a more diverse and culturally responsive educational community. 

Contact Darin Hochstein at for more information. 

Prairie Futures

The Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton (MHCH) Foundation in Chamberlain and USD's School of Education partnered to provide rural and nontraditional students in South Dakota the opportunity to attain an elementary education degree. The teacher shortage is South Dakota is most felt in the central or less populated areas of the state. In order to meet the needs of these rural areas, MHCH and USD's SOE are collaborating to create a "grow your own" type of degree program in which people already living in the communities have the ability to attain an education degree without traveling to a university. 

Contact for more information. 

Exploration of Teaching

USD's SOE provides opportunities to explore the teaching profession before entering a program of study. Both courses count toward an education degree and are designed for students to understand the profession and experience the classroom. 

  • EDFN 101: Exploration of Teaching (for high school students)
  • EDFN 792: Teaching Profession Field Experience (for people with an undergraduate degree)

Contact for more information. 

Alternative Certification

Certification is changing in many states in order to allow people with degrees in critical areas to teach. Contact Dr. Sherrie Bosse at for more information.