Sep 23, 2023
Patrick Hales, Associate Professor and Assistant Director of K-12 Education
School of Education, Counseling and Human Development
Wenona Hall 114
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 B - Research/Design Paper
Option C - Coursework Only
- Approved Electives Credits: 11
Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 35 (Option C)
Additional Admission Requirements
GRE: Not required
TOEFL: 79-80 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
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.”
Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.
For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .