Teacher Development Programs

The School of Leadership and Education Sciences offers a variety of programs designed to develop the skills of experienced educators seeking to improve their professional practice.

Online Degree Program

These programs, offered through SOLES' partnership with USD's Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

The online Master of Education program in designed with several specialization options allowing student to work on their master’s degree on their own time with fully online courses. These specializations provide a strong researched-based curricular foundation with immediate practical classroom applications. The program is designed for practicing K-12 teachers with a minimum of two years of teaching experience from a wide variety of classroom settings including public district, charter, independent, or non-traditional schools. As a result, courses allow students to leverage knowledge, experience, and real-world application to enrich learning throughout the program. Specialization options include School Leadership, Literacy and Digital Learning, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), Inclusive Learning: Special Education and Universal Design or a comprehensive Curriculum and Instruction specialization.

Online Certificate Programs

The Learning and Teaching in a K-12 Digital Classroom Certificate is a unique online program that equips teachers and school leaders with the skills needed to be effective educators in a mobile technology learning environment. Explore ways existing and emerging technologies, such as iPads, iPods, cell phones, Netbooks, and e-readers, are becoming learning tools and how they can be integrated into the classroom.

The Character Education Development Certificate enhances professional development skills in the field of character education/development. Teachers and school leaders will learn to motivate and develop students' habits of good character. Explore existing and emerging best practices that can be integrated into the classroom, school and district.

On-Campus Programs

These programs are offered on-site at USD.

The MEd in TESOL, Literacy and Culture program prepares students to enter the profession of TESOL (teaching experience is not required, though it is helpful). Students include recent graduates, career changers and educators who wish to develop their competencies in TESOL.

The TESOL Certificate provides candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to effectively teach English to English Language Learners. Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of linguistics, first and second language acquisition, and the cultural and social contexts of learning listening, speaking and writing skills in English with speakers of other languages.