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 Programs

These programs, offered through SOLES' partnership with USD's Division of Professional and Continuing Education, are offered 100% online.

The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction improves instructional practices. It focuses on the design, delivery and assessment of programs, units and lessons. Courses utilize current research on instructional best practices to frame discussions on teaching and learning. The program teaches you to systematically examine both your own practices and cutting-edge national and international exemplars. A comprehensive examination of 21st century technology applications in educational and instructional settings is included in this curriculum.

The M.Ed. in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) focuses on learning and teaching in the STEAM disciplines and considers the role of art and engineering to support the development of student understanding. Discipline-based secondary teachers as well as interdisciplinary elementary teachers will find this specialization beneficial.

The M.Ed. in Universal Design for Learning explores approaches to classroom design and curriculum development that support equal learning opportunities for all students.  It is appropriate for special education and general education K-12 teachers concerned about ensuring equity and access for all students in their schools and classrooms.

The M.Ed. in Literacy and Digital Learning explores the use of technology to support reading, writing and language development while prioritizing the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.  It is appropriate for English and Language Arts teachers, elementary educators, and content area teachers.

The Mobile Technology Learning 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 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 M.Ed. 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.