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Program Goals

The Teacher Education Program at South Dakota State University is based on the idea that an effective teacher is one who demonstrates:

  • Expertise in a content area
  • Knowledge of student learning and development
  • Knowledge of diverse student learning needs and preferences
  • A variety of Constructivist instructional models, activities, and strategies
  • Strategies that create a socially interactive and self-motivating learning environment
  • Communication strategies and knowledge of language processes
  • Outcome-oriented curriculum and instructional plans
  • Formal and informal assessment strategies
  • Strategies for principled reflection and professional involvement
  • Strategies that foster collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents, and community members.

These goals are a guide to organize students' construction of professional knowledge, abilities, and skills as they proceed through the program.