School of Education Educational Administration

Admissions

 Admission Requirements
 

Admission into all EDAD degree programs requires submission of a completed USD Graduate School application packet and supporting documentation to the Graduate School.  The packet contains the following documentation:

Admission Requirements for Master's and Specialist in addition to those of the School of Education  

-- It is required that applicants for the Specialist degree possess and earned Master's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited graduate program.  Applicants in the final semester of their Master's program may be admitted into the Specialist program provisionally, with full admission being granted upon completion of the Master's program if all other admission requirements are met.

--It is required that applicants seeking certification as a Director of Special Education have a Special Education Teacher endorsement (e.g.: resource room, self-contained class) and have three years of teaching experience with one year teaching experience in the area of special education (or a year of working with special needs students in the role of speech and language clinician, school psychologist or other support personnel who possess an elementary or secondary teaching certificate and endorsement in special education).

 --The GRE General Test or Miller Analogy Test is not required for admission to the Master's or Specialist degree programs.

Levels of Admission into the EDAD degree programs are full or provisional. Students admitted provisionally must maintain a 3.0 or better GPA during their initial 9-12 credits in order to transition to full admission status.  Requirements for admission are as follows:

Master's and Specialist Degree Programs

Full Admission 

--  Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution / GPA = 2.70 (on 4.0 scale) or above

--  The GRE General Test or Miller Analogy Test is not required for admission to the Master's or Specialist degree programs.

--  Three Satisfactory Professional Recommendations

Provisional Admission

--  Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution / GPA = 2.50 (on 4.0 scale) or above

--  The GRE General Test or Miller Analogy Test is not required for admission to the Master's or Specialist degree programs.

--  Three Satisfactory Professional Recommendations 

Admission requirements for Doctor of Education in addition to those of the School of Education

 -- It is required that applicants for the Doctor of Education degree possess an earned Master's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited graduate program.  Applicants in the final semester of their Master's program may be admitted into the Doctor of Education program provisionally, with full admission being granted upon completion of the Master's program if all other admission requirements are met.

-- It is required that applicants seeking certification as a Director of Special Education have a Special Education Teacher endorsement (e.g.: resource room, self-contained class) and have three years of teaching experience with one year teaching experience in the area of special education (or a year of working with special needs students in the role of speech and language clinician, school psychologist or other support personnel who possess an elementary or secondary teaching certificate and endorsement in special education).

 -- The GRE General Test is required.  A minimum current GRE score of 155 Verbal, 145 Quantitative and 4.0 Analytical Writing Score is required for full admission.

*Subject to EDAD faculty approval and the approval of the Graduate Dean, appropriate professional and/or academic experience may complement current or past GRE official test scores to enable applicants who do not meet all of the criteria above to be admitted on a provisional basis.

 Doctor of Education Degree Program


Full Admission

--  Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution GPA = 2.70 (on 4.0 scale) or above

--  GRE Scores Minimum of 155 Verbal, 145 Quantitative and 4.0 Analytical Writing Score or above

--  Three Satisfactory Professional Recommendations

Provisional Admission

--  Baccalaureate degree from accredited institution GPA = 2.50 (on 4.0 scale) or above

--  GRE Scores Minimum of 150 Verbal, 140 Quantitative and 3.5 Analytical Writing Score or above

--  Three Satisfactory Professional Recommendations

 

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international students must also provide USD with the following information: Two official transcripts of academic work at the undergraduate level (with English translation stating a 3.0 or better undergraduate grade point average based on a 4.0 system). Review by an education credentials service is preferred. Statement of Finance form and certified bank statement or sponsor's letter showing that student is financially self-supported. A Proficiency Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 on the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or 550 on the written TOEFL is required for graduate admission.  The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Exam is also accepted with a minimum score of 6.0.  The PTE Academic English Test is also accepted with a minimum score of 53.  Students from English-speaking countries (UK,Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand) are not required to submit a TOEFL score if their academic records indicate that English was the classroom language for the majority of their schoolwork.  Foreign students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree from an American college or university are not required to submit a TOEFL score.

A letter of notification of the student's status from The Graduate School will be sent to the International Student Advisor. The International Student Advisor will notify the student directly of admission or rejection into the program to which the student applied. If the student has been admitted into The Graduate School, the International Student Advisor will send the Letter of Admission, the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form), and other information to the student who will use these materials to obtain a visa. A foreign student should not depart from home to attend The University of South Dakota until notification of admission has been received and the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 Form) has been issued to the student. All non-United States citizens must report to the International Student Advisor, Room 109 of Slagle Hall, upon initial arrival to the campus. You can reach the International Student Advisor by calling (605) 677-5331. The most complete and up-to-date requirements can be found on the International Student Advising homepage.

Special Student Status

In order to begin taking courses prior to admission into a degree program, student may complete a Special Student application with the Graduate School.  Special students are not afforded graduate student status and do not belong to an academic program.  Only six credits taken as a special student may be applied to a subsequent graduate degree program.  Please consult the Graduate School applications web page for further information on special student status and a link to the form. 

 

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students interested in taking courses that are not going to be applied to a degree program (such as students taking additional coursework for licensure or certification), must follow the procedure below. Any student not accepted to a degree program at one of the state universities (USD, SDSU, BHSU, SDSMT, NSU, and DSU) will be required to complete a Special Student Application Form. Anyone attending on-campus courses at one of the state universities is required to submit the mandatory Immunization Form before you will be allowed to register for courses.

If you are a prospective student with a disability and need assistance or accommodations during the admission/application process, please contact the Director of Disability Services, 119B Service Center North, USD, Vermillion, SD 57069.  Phone: 605-677-6389  Fax: 605-677-3172  E-mail: dservice@usd.edu The admissions forms can be filled out and sent online

EDAD Students

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