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  Dec 14, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Education Curriculum for Teachers of Academic Subjects


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Program Contact/Coordinator

Andrew Stremmel, Department Head
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 108
605-688-5039
E-mail: andrew.stremmel@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/teaching-learning-and-leadership
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Program Information

The Secondary Teacher Education program prepares students to teach in an academic major  and/or other fields in which they are appropriately prepared. Students complete the requirements for a B.S or B.A. degree in an academic major before or while meeting the requirements for South Dakota teacher certification. The program in Teacher Education is a certification program in which students who are completing a major in an academic discipline of their choice can become certified in secondary education (middle and high school) in one or several subject areas and/or K-12 teaching in art, world languages, music, or physical education.  

Program Admission

The coursework for teacher education is divided into four professional semesters. In addition, once one has finished the professional sequence, he/she must be recommended for certification to teach in South Dakota. The requirements for each are as follows:

Admission into Pre-Residency I

In order to register for the two courses of Pre-Residency I (PR-I) a candidate must be at least a sophomore at the beginning of the semester in which he/she is taking the PR-I courses.

Admission into Pre-Residency II

Candidates admitted into Pre-Residency II are considered members of the Teacher Education Program and are classified as “Education Candidates.” In order to achieve this status, a candidate must have:

  1. Achieved a junior status at the University;
  2. Completed PR-I with grades of “C” or better and be recommended by PR-I faculty;
  3. Hold an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  4. Met competency requirements:
    • English: a grade of “C” or above in ENGL 101 or credit by examination
    • Math: a grade of “C” or above in MATH 102 or higher level math course or credit by examination
    • Speech: a grade of “C” or above in SPCM 101 or higher or credit by examination;
    • Completed an application for admission to Teacher Education which includes appropriate biographical and background information; and
  5. Have a current transcript on file in the department office.

Admission into Residency I & II

Education candidates will be permitted to register for the courses of Residency I and II if they have:

  1. Achieved senior standing at the University;
  2. Achieved a passing score on the Praxis Content Exam;
  3. Been admitted to the Teacher Education Program and successfully completed all standard requirements therein (or alternatives decided by the Admissions and Scholastic Standards Committee);
  4. Successfully completed all prerequisite coursework for the professional education program, including one special methods course* in a major field, the South Dakota Indian Studies requirement and the computer proficiency requirement;
  5. Have the following minimum GPA’s:
    • Education courses 2.8
    • All courses completed at the “c” level or above
    • Courses in the major 2.6
    • Overall cumulative 2.5
    • Pass content approved content test
      or
    • Completed all competency plans and/or other activities prescribed by the Admissions and Scholastic Standards Committee;
  6. Have recommendations on file in the department office from both the major adviser and the content methods instructor (these recommendations must include the candidate’s GPA in his/her major);
  7. Meet with the placement supervisor of the Office of Field Experiences before October 1 (for Residency II in spring) or February 1 (for Residency II in the fall) and complete an Application for Student Teaching (rather than wait for these deadlines, it is advisable to complete this application at least one semester before Residency II);
  8. Hold non-probationary status; and
  9. When student teaching, a background check may be required.
    *See major department section for special methods courses.

Recommendation for Certification

In order to be recommended for certification, a candidate must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree, in an approved content area;
  2. Satisfactory student teaching recommendations from both the cooperating teacher(s) and university supervisor;
  3. The following minimum GPA’s:
    • Education courses 2.8
    • All courses completed at the “c” level or above
    • Courses in the major 2.6
    • Overall cumulative 2.5
      or
    • Completed all competency plans and/or other activities prescribed by the Admissions and Scholastic Standards Committee;
  4. Taken the required exit exam(s), including the Praxis Principles of Teaching and Learning earning required cut scores;
  5. Satisfactorily completed exit interview with Performance Portfolio and required projects in Residency II; and
  6. Applied for certification through the South Dakota Department of Education, which the Certifying Officer in the College of Education and Human Sciences will sign off on.

Course Delivery Format

Courses in Secondary Education are delivered face to face, online and hybrid (face to face and online combination). Most secondary education courses have practical applications in field experience settings in K-12 or 7-12.

Teaching Specialization Requirements


Additional Requirements


  • Students must also receive a “C” grade or better in  ,  , and   or higher.
  • There are GPA requirements for entry into and continuation within the teacher education program. For additional information please consult the Secondary Education Handbook.

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