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USD School of Education Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Education earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Graduate Schools of Education. USD moved up 33 spots from last year’s rankings, and is now in the top third of almost 400 schools of education nationwide.

“This ranking is contributed to the consistent hard work of the faculty and staff in the School of Education. We continue to build on our reputation as a strong research school and the state’s flagship university,” said Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the School of Education.

The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.


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.