2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Jay Trenhaile, Interim Department Head
Katherine Bertolini, Assistant Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 108, Box 507
605-688-5039

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.

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 A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 35 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


Option B - Research/Design Paper


Option C - Coursework Only


  • Approved Electives Credits: 8

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)


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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