A partnership between the Bush Foundation and the University of South Dakota's School of Education

The University of South Dakota is a member of the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NExT) funded by the Bush Foundation to develop strategies for:

  • Recruiting great students,
  • preparing them well,
  • placing them in schools, and
  • supporting them once they get there

What is Dual Credit?

A dual credit course is a college course taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit at the same time. By participating in the dual credit program, it enables students to make substantial progress toward their college degree before finishing high school.

EDFN 101: Exploring the Teaching Profession

Pending SD BOR approval.

Course Title: EDFN 101: Exploring the Teaching Profession
Course Dates: August 23 – December 12, 2018
Course Syllabus
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Course Description:

Students will explore teaching as a viable profession. The course will include topics about why people choose to teach, what teacher attributes and dispositions are important, and how an education degree is versatile. Students will also participate in district classrooms to gain hands-on experience and valuable insight on the teaching profession.

Course Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify reasons why people choose to teach and what areas of teaching are in demand.
  2. Describe teacher attributes and dispositions and reflect on their own strengths.
  3. Discuss public view of education as seen through contemporary media.
  4. Compare different schools, schedules of elementary, middle and high school teaching areas.
  5. Discuss degree options and program requirements at various teacher education programs.
  6. Recognize own professional goals.

Introduction to Teaching Course Resources:

Online Orientation Packet

Step-by-Step: Accessing Your Online Course

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