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USD School of Education Online Programs Ranked Highly By U.S. News & World Report

Picture of coyote statue. The USD School of Education's online graduate education program tied for 43rd place in a report published by U.S. News & World Report.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota School of Education’s graduate level online programs have been ranked among the nation’s best according to a ranking recently released by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Education tied for 43th place.

“The School of Education continues to lead the region with quality online education programs for those seeking an advanced degree in education in sports management and exercise science online,” said Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the School of Education. “This recognition is a contribution to our faculty and staff, who look to promote quality in and outside of the classroom.”

The U.S. News & World Report uses a variety of data points to determine their online program ranking database including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, peer reputation, and admissions selectivity. A program's score for each ranking indicator is calculated using data that the program reported to U.S. News in a statistical survey and a peer reputation survey.

The USD School of Education is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year educating many of the state’s high quality teaching professionals.


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