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Curriculum & Instruction
Delzell Education Center
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


College Dean

Welcome to the Division of Curriculum and Instruction

Diversify your professional and educational skills as you prepare for the next generation of leadership in teaching. You'll engage in developmental, integrative and reflective practices that encourage your growth on both individual and professional levels.

In the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, we foster a community of learners, scholars, educators and advocates who are focused on impacting individuals of all ages - from children to adult learners. You'll be trained in competencies and ethical practices, backed by theory and evidence, that support diversity, technology and intervention programs in the classroom. Become a  leader at the forefront of education by developing a background in the speciality of your choosing. Both real-world and student teaching experiences will prepare you for immediate professional work in elementary and secondary education, technology, American Indian education and more.

Join our community of strong, driven and compassionate future educators.


Meet the Department

Get to know faculty and staff in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. Our faculty are experts in their fields bringing experience and practical knowledge to the classroom.
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Gary Cheeseman

Associate Professor
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Susan Gapp

Associate Professor
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Lisa Hazlett

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Kevin Reins

Associate Professor

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Department Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to Curriculum and Instruction  students.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
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Curriculum & Instruction

Preparing professional educators to be tomorrow’s leaders in teaching through developmental, integrative and reflective practices.

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Earn Certificates

Stay competitive in your field and build on your current skills to become a leader or transition into a new position. From certificates in science, technology and math pedagogy to American Indian education, our division offers a wide range of certificates for individuals seeking to improve their assessment skills, explore methods for teaching and learn about teaching populations with a wide variety of experiences, perspectives and needs.
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Impact the Lives of Your Students

You have a passion for education, and we have the programs and opportunities you need to take your skills to the next level. The Division of Curriculum & Instruction provides students with the training they need to master their leadership skills, expand their understanding of curriculum and instruction and strengthen their teaching skills. 
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Discounted Tuition for South Dakota Teachers and Vocational Instructors

If you live in South Dakota, be sure and take advantage of the 50% reduced tuition program for currently contracted elementary/secondary teachers and vocational instructors.

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student success story

Success story Sidney Bitz smiling.
For art, I always loved creating. I made it a career. And then, when I was student teaching, I was shown the devastating literacy rates and I decided to work in that area. I chose these paths because I wanted to make a difference, and USD made the difference for me.

Sydney Bitz

M.A. Elementary Education '23
B.A. Art Education '21