The School of Education funds several graduate students through graduate assistantships, adjunct teaching positions and grant-funded paid positions. Graduate assistantships (Teaching, Research or Administrative) pay a stipend depending upon degree plan (MA, EdS, EdD/PhD) and offer a tuition reduction. Adjunct teaching positions pay a stipend per course. Other positions pay hourly rates depending upon the funding. Divisions may have additional opportunities available, as new grants are funded or other opportunities become available. You are strongly encouraged to talk with the chair of the division to which you are applying to see if there are employment opportunities available. Contact the individuals listed below to inquire about the opportunities of interest to you.

The Division of Kinesiology and Sport Management has three graduate assistantships. They each have a number of responsibilities including teaching undergraduate courses, conducting research and assisting in the biomechanics labs. An assistantship allows a student to learn tools they will need to further themselves in academia or other aspects in the world of exercise science or sport management. Contact Robin Ammon at

The School Psychology program offers two graduate assistantships for school psychology students to work in the Test Lab. They need to be at least second-year school psychology students (typically those who have earned an A in SPSY 761) as they are responsible for assisting with test administration, scoring and providing constructive feedback regarding test administration performance (e.g., accuracy, fluency). Contact: Danny Hajovsky at

The Counseling program hires three graduate assistants to work in the Counseling and School Psychological Services Clinic. GAs must be master's or doctoral level counseling students as it is imperative they know and understand the ethical and professional standards that guide the counseling field. The clinic GAs are core to the functioning of the Counseling and School Psychological Services Center and are expected to promote a warm, safe and professional environment for all clients. They support counseling and school psychology students by presenting to classes about clinic services, managing client referrals, assisting with scheduling of clients, helping with crisis management situations and problem solving any situation that arises in the clinic by working closely with the clinic director. Further, they work with faculty by doing tasks related to research, teaching, and other professional development activities. Contact Seth Olson at

Educational Leadership offers a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. The GTA will assist faculty members in designing, facilitating and grading online and hybrid courses. GTA will be required to successful complete D2L training and be certified as online instructor early in the fall semester. Contact Karen Card at

Curriculum and Instruction offers one GA position to serve as a teaching assistant to division faculty. The GA provides assistance with grading, materials preparation, exam proctoring, etc. Contact Karen Kindle at

Curriculum and Instruction also offers one graduate teaching assistantship to serve as instructor of record for two classes based on areas of expertise (under the supervision of faculty). Must have an earned Master’s Degree. Contact Karen Kindle at

The Human Development and Educational Psychology program offers a graduate Teaching Assistantship to assist with and be instructor of record for an undergraduate learning and development course, under faculty supervision. Must have an earned Master’s Degree. Contact Harry Freeman at

The School of Education Research Center (SERC) hires one research assistant to collaborate on faculty projects, assist with SOE research projects and conduct original research through the SERC. The GRA also assists with evaluation of the Native American Health Scholars Program grant. Contact Amy Schweinle at

The SERC hires one Research Assistant to work on evaluation for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence grant. The RA will assist with focus groups, data collection through surveys, data analysis and writing reports. Contact Amy Schweinle at

The SERC also hires a Research Assistant to assist with evaluation of a Sanford School of Medicine training program. The program trains MD/PhD students in the conduct of research. The evaluation includes interviews, focus groups, surveys and event evaluations. Contact Amy Schweinle

The Science of Learning Research Group in the School of Education (comprised of Gabrielle Strouse, Dan Mourlam & Lisa Newland) is looking for a motivated, mature and reliable student interested in participating in research with preschoolers and their parents. This is a great opportunity for students looking to gain valuable research experience. Research will focus on how young children and parents and teachers use media, including the collection of both survey and behavioral data. Job responsibilities may include working with schools, parents and/or children, recruiting schools and/or families for participation, data coding, lit review and analysis. Salary is $11.48/hour for graduate students. Students will be asked to work at least 10 hours per week throughout the semester; additional hours can be negotiated based on the students’ work study award amount. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in and fit with the position and a resume including your GPA, program of study and relevant work or volunteer experience to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

In addition, many other departments on campus hire graduate assistantships. To apply for these positions, fill out an assistantship form through the USD graduate school, and also contact the departments directly to inquire about assistantship opportunities – this will give you an advantage. Some places to consider are I.D. Weeks Library, Center for Academic and Global Engagement, Academic Affairs, Student Services, University Housing, Disability Services and Center for Diversity and Community. Please, contact us if you have any questions.