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Two College of Education and Human Sciences graduate programs ranked by TheBestSchools.org

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SDState's online master's in curriculum and instruction and master's in educational administration have been ranked by TheBestSchools.org.

TheBestSchools.org has ranked two of South Dakota State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences graduate programs in its top 20 ranking for online programs.

SDState was ranked No. 12 for best online master’s in curriculum and instruction and No. 18 for best online master’s in educational administration.

“Our university requires rigor to teach online,” said Jay Trenhaile, who is serving as the interim head of the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. “Anytime you receive positive external recognition, it’s a good thing.”

There are currently about 30 students enrolled in each online graduate program. Jennifer Kampmann, an assistant professor in the department, said these programs are attractive to students because they can be completed anywhere and that they can use their peers as resources.

“You [students] can make connections that are applicable to your practice,” she said. “The biggest thing in our eyes that we are timely and applicable with what‘s going on with school systems.”

Trenhaile said students particularly like SDState’s supportive services, such as access to the Briggs Library’s online resources, that they may not receive elsewhere.

“As a campus, we have created a supportive structure that enables students and enhances their experience in an online program,” Trenhaile said. “Students have come to recognize that our faculty and university support system will provide them with a great experience.”