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USD's School of Education Joins National Residency Network

VERMILLION, S.D. The University of South Dakota School of Education has been invited to join the National Center for Teacher Residencies’ (NCTR) Next Generation Network (NGN), an elite group of more than 20 high-performing residency programs that maximize educator impact by transforming how teachers are prepared. NCTR supports NGN partners to strengthen, scale and innovate over time as they strive to improve and adapt in response to student and community needs.

“Through the partnership with the NCTR, we’ll be able to increase our ability to work with school districts and teachers to improve the lives of children in schools,” said Nicholas Shudak, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of curriculum and instruction at USD.

The School of Education was invited to the NGN because of the success of its USD Teacher Residency Model, a high-impact program that USD designed to include a complementary relationship between coursework and fieldwork, in addition to the construct of the Residency Instructor, who acts as both a coach and a college instructor—all made possible, in part, because of a $49,000 grant from the NGN through the Gates Foundation. Recent research from USD’s Center for Educational Research found a significant impact on student academic outcomes when a residency candidate is placed in a classroom with a mentor.

“With the NGN connection, USD faculty and administrators can learn from other partners within the network about creating and sustaining high-performing teacher residency programs in both urban and rural settings,” Shudak said. “We’ll also be able to open our doors to our partners for peer review as a part of the embedded continuous improvement process the NCTR embraces.”


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.