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  Dec 14, 2017
 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) - Early Childhood Education Specialization


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Andrew Stremmel, Department Head
Katherine Bertolini, Assistant Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Wenona Hall 108, Box 507
605-688-5039
E-mail: andrew.stremmel@sdstate.edu
www.sdstate.edu/teaching-learning-and-leadership

Program Information

The degree in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) is designed to meet the needs of individuals who work (or plan to work) in some kind of an instructional capacity. The degree does not lead to a South Dakota teaching certificate nor does it lead to an endorsement on the South Dakota teaching certificate.

Students are able to choose from either a program in which only coursework is required or a program in which they must complete a research project. If a student elects to take only coursework (Plan C), the student must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours in order to graduate. If the research option is chosen, the student must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours including 788 Research Problems.

The C&I degree is structured to allow a great deal of flexibility. It is expected that students will take a mixture of required courses and elective credits, depending on their areas of interest. These courses may be completed with no intention of seeking a degree, or may be used as part of the basis for completing a C&I degree.

Course Delivery Format

The program can be completed online through the Brookings Campus. Some course offerings will be available face to face.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

The Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Department has several assistantships for which students can apply. 

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Education Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 35 Credit Hours

Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Department requirement of 550 paper-based, 79-80 Internet-based
IELTS: 5.5

Applicants must provide a resume, goal statement, and two letters of professional reference to Teaching, Learning, and Leadership. Once all material is received, it is reviewed by the Department. Students are assigned an admission status of “unconditional,” “conditional” or “not admitted.”

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

For additional information refer to the Master's Degree Requirements .

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