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Science Technology and Math Pedagogy

Gain the important knowledge and skills needed through this online certificate to teach STEM education in middle and secondary schools in new integrative and intriguing ways.  

Gain the Skills You Need to Succeed

This certificate is responsive to the direction of the field of teaching, student learning and educational leadership. With a growing need for STEM teachers, this certificate will set you apart from others in education. Learn how to solve problems, make sense of information, and gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These skills will help you navigate and teach in an ever-changing and increasing complex world.

Students will learn the following concepts: 

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of STEM education
  2. Evaluate STEM pedagogy research to determine best practices in STEM education
  3. Create STEM project-based learning experiences
  4. Formulate STEM project-based learning experiences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Degrees & Offerings

Science Technology and Math Pedagogy


Conveniently offered online, this 12 credit-hour certificate provides competency to teachers for integrating interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content into the K-12 classroom. After developing a comprehensive understanding of STEM education, you will further expand your knowledge, skills and confidence in STEM education by applying what you have learned through an internship experience in your current classroom. This program is intended for practicing elementary, middle and secondary teachers, as well as to those who pursuing a master’s in elementary education, secondary education, technology for education training or any STEM field.

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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.

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Center for Student and Professional Services

The School of Education offers resources and support for you in the Center for Student and Professional Services (CSPS). Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you with resources to help you excel personally, academically and professionally.

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 online tuition rates, we offer the same price whether you’re out-of-state or an in-state resident.

USD maintains a challenging and rigorous curriculum focused on preparing you to move forward in your career.

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


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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. 

Graduate Tuition & Costs

Learn more about tuition and fees for undergraduate students and see how your out-of-pocket costs at USD compare to those at other colleges and universities. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs Detailed page for program specific costs and fees.

Financial Aid

Navigating options for how to pay for college can be challenging, but you are not alone. The Office of Financial Aid will work with you and your family to explore how you can make your college education even more affordable.

Graduate Assistantships

USD offers opportunities for grad students to earn a reduced tuition rate in exchange for their teaching, research and service efforts to the university.


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