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Secondary Education

Gain the real-world experience and knowledge you need to be an effective high school teacher in the twenty-first century classroom. As a secondary education major, you'll choose to specialize in biology, communication studies, English, history, mathematics, Spanish or physical education to develop your strength in at least one content area.

Why Study Secondary Education?

As a secondary education major at USD, you will learn how to use your passion for working with high schoolers to become an effective leader. Here you will develop the technology, cultural responsiveness and intervention skills you need to make a difference as a secondary education teacher. This four-year program allows you to specialize in one of seven fields to have the background you need to take the necessary certification and exams and teach that subject. You will embark in a full year of residency as a fourth year, meaning you will graduate with a wealth of hands-on experiences that will set you apart after graduation.

Prepare to motivate, support and build confidence for high school students in your own classroom as a secondary education major at USD.


Degrees & Offerings

Secondary Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major
  Vermillion Main Campus

A degree in secondary education with a specialization in the academic field of your choice will prepare you to be a responsive and effective teacher for high school students. You will select an education specialization from one of the following content areas: biology, communication studies, English, history, mathematics, physical education and Spanish.

Secondary Education & Special Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major
  Vermillion Main Campus

As a secondary education major, you can add a major in special education and still graduate in four years. This double major option prepares you to work with and teach student with special needs, and it also provides you with experience in a high-needs area, which will make you an ideal candidate for teaching positions.

Secondary Education: Biology Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

A B.S.Ed. in secondary education with a biology education specialization will provide you with the coursework, training and classroom teaching experience you need to become a biology teacher. You will take courses in the School of Education and the Department of Biology, and you'll gain a wealth of student teaching experience – setting you up for success in your future classroom.

Secondary Education: Communication Studies (B.S.Ed.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

A B.S.Ed. in secondary education with a communication studies specialization will provide you with the coursework, training and classroom teaching experience you need to become a speech teacher. You will take courses in the School of Education and the Department of Communication Studies, and you'll gain a wealth of student teaching experience – setting you up for success in your future classroom.

Secondary Education: English Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

A B.S.Ed. in secondary education with an English education specialization will provide you with the coursework, training and classroom teaching experience you need to become an English teacher. You will take courses in the School of Education and the Department of English, and you'll gain a wealth of student teaching experience – setting you up for success in your future classroom.

Secondary Education: History Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

A B.S.Ed. in secondary education with a history education specialization will provide you with the coursework, training and classroom teaching experience you need to become a history or social studies teacher. You will take courses in the School of Education and the Department of History, and you'll gain a wealth of student teaching experience – setting you up for success in your future classroom.

Secondary Education: Mathematics Education Specialization (B.S.Ed.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

A B.S.Ed. in secondary education with a mathematics education specialization will provide you with the coursework, training and classroom teaching experience you need to become a math teacher. You will take courses in the School of Education and the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and you'll gain a wealth of student teaching experience – setting you up for success in your future classroom.

Secondary Education: Physical Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

A B.S.Ed. in secondary education with a physical education specialization will provide you with the coursework, training and classroom teaching experience you need to become a P.E. teacher. You will take courses in the Division of Teacher Residency & Education and the Division of Kinesiology & Sport Management, and you'll gain a wealth of student teaching experience – setting you up for success in your future school.

Secondary Education: Spanish Education (B.S.Ed.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

A B.S.Ed. in secondary education with a Spanish education specialization will provide you with the coursework, training and classroom teaching experience you need to become a Spanish teacher. You will take courses in the School of Education and the Department of Modern Languages, and you'll gain a wealth of student teaching experience – setting you up for success in your future classroom.

Program Details

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Admissions

Students interested in music education or art education will pursue a degree in the College of Fine Arts.

If you are interested in special education, you will complete a double major in secondary education and special education.

You can earn certification while taking courses for a different baccalaureate degree. Consult an advisor in the School of Education's Center for Student & Professional Services for more information.

 

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.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

As a student at USD, the opportunities available to you extend beyond the classroom. Explore your interests, find your community and experience your education to the fullest extent through the following opportunities.

There are plenty of ways you can get involved as a student in the School of Education at USD. Whether you want to serve the community of Vermillion, work with children who have special needs, promote literacy or explore another interest related to education, you'll be able to find the right organization for you.

Explore Student Organizations

The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Education Association are professional organizations for educators. Connect with a wide network of teachers and be an advocate for students in one of these organizations.

Explore Student Organizations

Enrich your education and see the world by participating in one of our many study abroad experiences. Here are a few benefits of studying abroad during your time at USD:

  • Gain a new perspective on your academic field of study
  • Improve your language skills
  • Explore a new culture
  • Gain independence and increase self-reliance
  • Become more prepared to work in a global economy
  • Set yourself apart from other job and graduate school applicants
  • Learn more about yourself and your own culture

Learn More

A unique part of your USD education is access to undergraduate research opportunities. As an education student at USD, you will have the chance to explore your interests and conduct innovative research with the support of professors who care about your success. Grants and travel funding are available through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

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Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in secondary 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 the next generation of educators.

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

Associate Professor
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Nicki Carr

Instructor
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Kristen DeMuth

Instructor
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Susan Gapp

Associate Professor
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Lisa Hazlett

Professor
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Jamie Hovden

Instructor
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Monica Iverson

Senior Lecturer
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Kevin Reins

Associate Professor
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Lisa Utech

Senior Secretary
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Jing Williams

Associate Professor
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John Williams

Assistant Professor
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Add a Second Major in Special Education

As an elementary education major, you can add a second major in special education and still graduate in four years. This double major option provides you with experience in a high-needs area, which will make you an ideal candidate for teaching positions.
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Gain Real-World Experience

At USD, you will gain the real-world experience and skills schools are looking for.

Our graduates are highly sought-after because they bring such a wealth of experiences to the classroom; by the time you graduate, you will have experience in at least three schools and at two or more grade levels – including a full year of teaching experience incorporated into your four-year program. These hands-on experiences prepare you to graduate as a highly-effective teacher with a wealth of knowledge and a variety of marketable skills.

Tuition & Costs

USD offers low tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students, as well as scholarships, financial aid and employment opportunities to help make your education even more affordable.
SD Residents, SD Advantage* & Child of Alumni
MN Residents
Out-of-State
Tuition (30 cr.)
7773
8718.9
11283
Fees (30 cr.)
1659
1659
1659
Books (estimate)
1200
1200
1200
Housing
4454
4454
4454
Food Service
3770
3770
3770
Total

* SD Advantage: The in-state rate is available to residents of South Dakota, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and children of alumni of USD.

More About Tuition & Costs

This is an estimated annual cost. Other factors may change the cost of tuition.

Undergraduate 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.

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.

Scholarships

USD awards nearly $9.5 million in scholarships each year. View our scholarships to see which ones you may qualify for and how you can apply.

student success story

Success story Bradie Timmins smiling.
My classes pushed me academically and really helped me see my full potential as a college student. The University Supervisors I worked with throughout my time student teaching instilled a confidence in me and my ability to educate that I am forever grateful for.

Bradie Timmins

B.A. English, Secondary Education '21

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