2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    May 10, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) - Elementary Education Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Jennifer Kampmann, Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 108, Box 507

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of current issues: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program displays knowledge of current practices, research, theories, and issues in education. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Knowledge of learning: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program demonstrates knowledge of how students learn and is able to effectively apply that knowledge within a variety of educational roles. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Curricular processes: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program effectively participates in curricular processes. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Communication skill: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program effectively communicates. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Foundational lifelong learning skills: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program displays commitment to professional involvement and growth through continual learning, reflective practice, and collaboration. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Technology: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program makes appropriate use of educational technology. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)

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 a few 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 from the following

Select nine credits from the following. Credits: 9

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 coursework.

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

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