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USD to Offer Online American Indian Education Graduate Certificate Program

Seal o the University of South Dakota The University of South Dakota will now offer its graduate certification program in American Indian Education in an online format.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will now offer its graduate certification program in American Indian Education in an online format, following approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The American Indian Education Certificate is designed for in-service teachers who are interested in learning more about teaching students who are of American Indian descent. This program is the only graduate certificate of its kind in the Board of Regents’ system.

By making this coursework available online, educators and practitioners are now able to work with Native American communities in a more efficient manner. This new offering will also meet emerging workforce and economic development trends across the state.

“The benefit of this program goes beyond graduate students taking part in the program,” said USD President Sheila K. Gestring. “This impacts the entire state. By creating more options and opportunities for our future teachers, we are contributing to the South Dakota workforce in a meaningful way.”


USD is the largest provider of graduate education in the state of South Dakota, with 78 graduate and professional programs. The mission of the Graduate School is to provide high-quality graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, fine arts, law and medicine; to promote excellence in teaching and learning; and to support research and creative scholarship. In partnership with individual degree programs, we accomplish this mission by providing students with excellent academic preparation and extraordinary opportunities for research, creative scholarship, clinical experiences and internships.


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