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Education Dean Reports to State Board on USD Year-Long Residency

Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the School of Education at the University of South Dakota, said the year-long residency for student teachers is a popular program that should be expanded within South Dakota and throughout the nation. Easton-Brooks highlighted advantages of the program in a presentation to the South Dakota Board of Education this week.

USD has been working on the year-long residency since 2009 with funding from the Bush Foundation. This fall USD has placed more than 100 student teachers in 22 school districts. More than 400 student teachers have successfully graduated from the program, and 229 of them are teaching in South Dakota schools.

Easton-Brooks says school districts would like to take more USD student teachers, but the university has no more to provide. He says the challenge will be finding ways to transfer the USD model to other universities in South Dakota and around the nation. Read more in the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.


USD's School of Education is transformative in preparing students both inside and outside the classroom. Its research- and practitioner-based programs train future educators, counselors, leaders, fitness and sport-related professionals for successful careers. The school focuses on a comprehensive learning experience, lifelong learning and developing professionals grounded in best practice. The school’s divisions include counseling and psychology, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, kinesiology and sport management, and teacher residency and education.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.