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


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Welcome to the Division of Teacher Residency & Education

K-12 educators play an invaluable role in the lives of young learners. Our schools need highly trained, effective professionals who are responsive to the various needs of their students and are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century classroom.

In the Division of Teacher Residency & Education, our faculty, staff and students share a commitment to upholding best practices in teaching and fostering the strengths of all learners. Through scholarship and service to their communities, our faculty are shaping the field of education and bringing invaluable insight to the classroom. Our students engage in learning in and beyond that classroom – gaining a rich foundation in theory and evidence-based practice and then applying that knowledge in real-world settings. The signature feature of our programs – the yearlong residency – prepares our students with a full year of teaching experience, in which they engage in collaborative learning and leadership with a mentor teacher. Our department provides a supportive environment and invaluable experiences that prepare our students to succeed as highly effective elementary, secondary and special education teachers.

Join our community of driven and compassionate educators in the Division of Teacher Residency & Education.


Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Division of Teacher Residency & Education. Our faculty's K-12 experience informs their teaching; they know what it's like to manage a classroom, plan curriculum and teach a wide variety of learners, so they have the expertise necessary to prepare you for your future classroom.
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Chris Adamson

Educ Technology Integrationist
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Nicki Carr

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Kristen DeMuth

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Branden Hoefert

Academic Advisor
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Darin Jerke

Education Tech Integrationist
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Wendy Johnson

Assoc Dir, Wellness Center
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Linda Reetz

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Lisa Utech

Senior Secretary
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Robin Wiebers

Assoc Dean, School of Educ
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Jing Williams

Associate Professor


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.

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Teacher Residency & Education

The Division of Teacher Residency & Education is focused on preparing effective, responsive teachers who can meet the needs of all students in today's schools. Through unique features such as a robust yearlong residency, an emphasis on technology and curriculum that recognizes a variety of learners, our division offers an enriching education for the next generation of educators.

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Leading the Way with the Yearlong Residency

USD was among the first universities in the nation to establish a yearlong residency model, which incorporates a full year of teaching experience into students' four-year program. This signature portion of our program prepares our students to graduate as highly-effective teachers who bring a wealth of experiences to the classroom.

Our students say the yearlong residency gives them a higher level of confidence in the classroom. They are more prepared to set out in their own classrooms and are more attractive teaching candidates because of this unique training.
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Supporting the Next Generation of Teachers

In partnership with the Sioux Falls School District, the School of Education offers a unique Teacher Pathway program that provides high school students with opportunities to explore the teaching profession and get a head start on their college education. This program offers an affordable option for students to take college credits, gain real-world experience in a classroom and see if teaching is the right path for them.

Teacher Pathway students can continue their path toward becoming educators by enrolling at USD in Vermillion or Sioux Falls. They can then go on to student teach and find employment in the Sioux Falls School District.

Meet a USD Student

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USD's School of Education has provided continued support throughout my academic experience and I couldn't be more thankful. The faculty has provided opportunities that are second-to-none, including the year-long residency program that provides a substantial hands-on experience.

Carter Larson

B.S.Ed. Elementary Education '22

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