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Educational Leadership
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 Education Leadership

In the Division of Education Leadership, we foster a community of learners, scholars, educators and advocates who are focused on impacting the lives of children, adolescents and young adults. If you're looking for a flexible program that allows you to work while furthering your education, you'll find it here. We offer small classes and highly accessible faculty and advisors - all of which will engage you in cycles of thought and action based upon theoretical, ethical and professional knowledge. Then, real-world and student teaching experiences will prepare you for graduate studies or immediate professional work as a principal, curriculum director, superintendent and more.

Join our community of motivational leaders in education.


Meet the Department

Get to know faculty and staff in the Division of Educational Leadership. Our faculty are experts in their fields, providing experience and practical knowledge to the classroom.
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Gary Cheeseman

Associate Professor
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Vassa Grichko

Visiting Instructor
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Wendy Knutson

Senior Secretary
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Erin Lehmann

Assistant Professor
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David Swank

Assistant Professor of Practice

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.


Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to educational leadership students.


Explore the departments, facilities and centers housed in the Division of Educational Leadership.

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Educational Leadership

Preparing education leaders to be effective school administrators.

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Your Education Matters

Our division provides you with a comprehensive and contemporary program which includes state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty. We strive to help students grow as individuals and professionals in their careers. Our programs will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to enter a growing field where principals, superintendents, department leaders and more are being hired at high rates. An education here can help set yourself apart with a strong foundation in your field. 
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Take Your Classes Online

We're committed to bringing our knowledge to you. USD serves the largest number of online students in the state of South Dakota. With competitive online tuition rates, we offer the same price whether you’re out-of-state or an in-state resident.


Take classes at your own pace, enroll in an online class today! 

Hear from a USD Alum

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I made the decision to pursue a degree in Educational Administration at USD because of its status as a research institution, the availability of online classes and the affordability. My experience has been nothing but extraordinary. The curriculum is designed to challenge students’ intellect by exposing them to the real issues of adult and higher education administration. You will indeed be challenged — but you will be prepared for the real world.

Marcia Hawk, M.A., Ed.D.

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