2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 20, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Education & Human Sciences

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Students in the classroom.

Jill Thorngren, Dean
Jane Hegland, Associate Dean
Matt Vukovich, Associate Dean
Wagner Hall 249, Box 2275A
Email: jill.thorngren@sdstate.edu


The College of Education and Human Sciences (EHS) develops human potential by enhancing individual, family, school, and community well-being. Graduates from the College work in diverse work settings which span business, education, government and non-profit or community agencies. Examples of careers in EHS include an educator who provides leadership and instruction in our schools, a dietitian who counsels others to establish a healthy or specialized diet, an interior designer who designs residential or commercial spaces, a wellness professional who works with adults to promote good health practices for people of all ages, a pilot serving our country or a professional counselor supporting the development of others.

The College of Education and Human Sciences works to advance teaching, learning, and scholarship through:

  • Exemplary student-centered undergraduate and graduate education that prepares tomorrow’s professionals.
  • Basic, applied, and translational scholarship that addresses vital issues of health, development, learning, leadership, sustainability, and quality of life across the lifespan.
  • Engagement with individuals, families, schools, organization and communities which transform knowledge and discovery into practice and provides meaningful impacts.
  • To be a recognized leader in teacher education and the human sciences and innovative in advancing new science, pedagogy and design.


Consumer Sciences  
Counseling and Human Development  
Health and Nutritional Sciences  
Teaching, Learning and Leadership  

Degrees Offered

Associate of Science
Bachelor of Science
Master of Education*
Master of Science*
Doctor of Philosophy*

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students selecting majors in the College of Education and Human Sciences must meet the General Education, College, and specific major requirements pertinent to the field and profession in order to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. For a complete listing of graduation requirements, refer to the description of specific majors in this catalog.

Teaching Certificates & Endorsements

Teaching certificates are issued by state Departments of Education. The secondary certificate qualifies the holder to teach particular subjects in secondary and middle school/junior high grades. The K-12 certificate qualifies the holder to teach in kindergarten through high school. The certificate states the subjects or subject groups in which the individual may teach. Curriculum to prepare students for endorsements are available in English as a Second Language, coaching, reading, and over 20 discipline-specific content areas.


Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA)
Accreditation Council for Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Council for the Accreditation of  Educator Preparation (CAEP)
Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)
National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recognition
South Dakota Department of Education (DOE)

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

Many majors in the College of Education and Human Sciences provide opportunities to become familiar with the world of work as related to the major. Field experiences, practicums, and internships are available and often required. EHS also offers its students opportunities for personal, academic, and career growth through involvement in clubs and organizations.


The College offers numerous majors and minors with a common focus of creating, analyzing, disseminating, and applying knowledge that enriches development and enhances the human potential.

Department of Consumer Sciences



Department of Counseling & Human Development



Department of Health & Nutritional Sciences


Certification Programs
Pre-Professional Interest Areas

Department of Teaching, Learning & Leadership


Certification Preparation

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