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Gain the important skills and theories you need from USD that are especially designed to educate K-12 students with dyslexia or other reading difficulties.

Become a Teacher Specialized in Reading Difficulties

Join us as we explore cutting-edge research-based literacy practices and interventions that will equip you with the tools you need to identify your students' needs and plan effective instruction. As a working professional, we know your time is precious, so our program is offered online and asynchronously, giving you the flexibility you need to succeed.

Whether you're an elementary, middle or high school teacher, a special educator, or a school administrator, this certificate program is for you. Don't miss this opportunity to become a literacy superhero and provide evidence-based interventions for your students.

You have the option to pursue the program as a standalone graduate certificate, or you may choose to pursue it in tandem with a Master's in Elementary Education, which specializes in Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach.


Degrees & Offerings



This 12-credit online graduate certificate prepares educators to successfully educate K-12 students with dyslexia or other reading difficulties. Topics will include research-based literacy practices, interventions, and assessments to effectively identify needs and plan for instruction. In addition to coursework experiences, students will also have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned through an internship experience.

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Graduate Admissions

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in teacher residency & education.
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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 educators and leaders.

Faculty & staff

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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Daniel Mourlam

Division Chair
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Susan Gapp

Associate Professor
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Jing Williams

Associate Professor


Social Studies Education
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John Williams

Assistant Professor
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Lisa Hazlett



Young adult literature; secondary ELA education
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Nicki Carr

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Danielle Davenport

Senior Secretary
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Kristen DeMuth

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Jamie Hovden

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Monica Iverson

Senior Lecturer


Special Education
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Kelly Knutson

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Carla Kozak



K-12 Special Education
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Kevin Reins

Associate Professor
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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 tuition rates for online programs, we offer the same price whether you are an in-state resident or live out of state.

Take classes at your own pace. Enroll in an online class today!

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
GA (Resident*)
Tuition (1 cr.)
GAF Fee (1 cr.)

More About Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates are subject to change and may vary depending on the program or department. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs page for more information.

* Graduate Assistant (GA) rates are available for resident, non-resident and online students.

** Resident rates may be available to you through the SD Advantage, Child of Alumni or Western Regional Graduate Program. To see if you quality, visit

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