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Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.)

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The passion to teach is admirable; the vision to cultivate your teaching so your students are fully-equipped to pursue their dreams is inspiring. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction provides flexible courses taught by well-regarded professors who are eager to support you in further developing your techniques as an educator.

Through lectures, research, practicums and internships, you will develop a more nuanced and personalized approach to teaching that will enable you to conduct classes more effectively and have more productive interactions with students on an individual basis.

Seek out a specialty.

With each specialty area, you may choose to pursue either a program in which only coursework is required or a program in which you complement less coursework with a research project. The coursework only option (Plan C), requires a minimum of 35 credit hours in order to graduate. If you select the research option, you must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours including EDER 788 Research Problems (Plan B). Whichever path you select, you will have the benefit of your online education classes being recorded and archived. Click on the specializations below for program requirements: 

    Early Childhood Education Specialization

    Elementary Education Specialization

    Secondary Education Specialization

You can also choose to pursue the program’s English as a Second Language coursework, which leads to the K-12 English as a New Language endorsement on a teaching certificate.

Professional Certification/Licensure

Click here for professional licensure/certification information.

Questions regarding Professional Certification/Licensure can also be directed to Continuing and Distance Education.


Dr. Kay Cutler
Teaching, Learning and Leadership


Phone: 605-688-4154


Phone: 605-688-4181

Note: This program does not lead to a South Dakota teaching certificate nor does it lead to an endorsement on the South Dakota teaching certificate. It is ideally suited for already certified teachers seeking to further develop their skills and for those who work in a role where certification is not an issue such as post-secondary education and staff development.