2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 19, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

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


Program Coordinator/Contact

Kay Cutler, Professor
School of Education, Counseling and Human Development
Pugsley Center 131
605-688-6797

Program Description

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.
  • 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.
  • Curricular processes: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program effectively participates in curricular processes.
  • Communication skill: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program effectively communicates.
  • 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.
  • Technology: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program makes appropriate use of educational technology.

Course Delivery Format

The program can be completed online through the Brookings Campus.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

The School of Education, Counseling and Human Development 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: 550 paper-based, 79-80 Internet-based
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 110

Applicants must provide a resume, goal statement, and two letters of professional reference to Education, Counseling and Human Development. Once all material is received, it is reviewed by the program faculty. 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 .