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USD Hosts Teacher Pathway Visit Day for Diverse Students

Dean Donald Easton-Brooks speaks with students at Teacher Pathway Visit Day. USD School of Education Dean Donald Easton-Brooks speaks with students at Teacher Pathway Visit Day.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Education hosted a group of diverse students from the Sioux Falls School District for Teacher Pathway Visit Day on Wednesday, April 26.

The event exposed high school students to the collegiate environment, immersing them in campus life with tours, a lunch with current students and presentations from faculty and staff.

“The USD Teacher Pathway was created in collaboration to encourage and inspire current Sioux Falls High School students with diverse backgrounds to enter the field of education, and return to Sioux Falls to teach in their schools,” said Darin Hochstein, a recruiter at the USD School of Education.

In part, the event is designed to improve the lack of diversity in the current teacher population. “Sioux Falls has a very diverse population that is continuing to grow more diverse,” said Hochstein. “Currently, their teacher population does not reflect this diversity.”

Hochstein hopes the experience will inspire students to pursue education. “[A]nd to learn more about why they are needed not only in their community but in ours as well,” said Hochstein.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News