M.Ed. in Teaching female student at USF.

Did you earn your college degree in something other than teaching? Are you looking to become a teacher? Don’t burn extra time and money earning a second bachelor’s degree.

It’s better and faster to start your teaching career with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Teaching from the University of Sioux Falls (USF) in South Dakota.

Increasingly, school districts want to hire teachers with master’s degrees in education to help them face growing demands and changes in education and in schools of all sizes.

This 21-month program is built with working professionals in mind, so in most cases, students work full-time until the final semester of the program when they are placed into classrooms for professional, hands-on student teaching. 

Best Reasons to Earn Your M.Ed. in Teaching at USF

Accreditation. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Fredrikson School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the M.Ed. in Teaching program is approved by the South Dakota Department of Education.

Teaching License. When you graduate from USF’s Master of Education in Teaching degree program, you’ll be eligible for licensure by South Dakota’s Department of Education as a secondary teacher (middle school and high school) in your undergraduate major content area or, in some cases, a K-12 teacher if your undergraduate major is in music, foreign language, physical education or art.

Higher Salary. Many school districts offer teachers with master’s degrees higher salaries.

Flexibility. Complete your degree with a combination of evening on-campus and online classes. Most working professionals continue full-time employment for the first 16 months of the program. 

Christian University. USF is a private, Christian university. For many of our students at the associate, bachelor's and master's level, this is an important factor in their graduate school decision.

Location. Our campus is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching Admission Requirements

You’re eligible for USF’s Master of Education in Teaching program, designed for working professionals looking to change careers to teaching, if you meet the following criteria:

  • You already hold a bachelor’s degree in an academic major that is taught at the secondary level or in a related area.
  • You earned a minimum 2.6 GPA or appropriate disposition and demonstrated knowledge and skill in a related field for provisional entrance; 3.0 GPA for unconditional admission.
  • You can provide two completed recommendation forms that address your potential as an educator.
  • You successfully pass the Praxis II exam in your undergraduate major content area (within the first nine semester hours of your M.Ed. coursework).

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching Degree Program Overview

The M.Ed. in Teaching includes 34 semester hours. The recommended schedule is six semester hours per semester, including the summer session.

The following timeframe allows individuals pursuing the M.Ed. in Teaching to continue full-time employment until the final professional semester of the program. All coursework including the professional student teaching credits can be completed in the 21-month timeframe.  



Semester Credits

Term Offered

EDU 506

Foundations of Education


Fall, online

EDU 540

Technology in Education


Fall, evening

EDU 557

Literacy Across the Curriculum for Middle-Level and ELL Learners


Jan - March, evening and online

EDU 508

Pedagogy for Middle- and Secondary- Level Educators


March - May, evening

EDU 505

Human Relations


Summer, evening and online

EDU 526

Educational Psychology and Evaluation


Summer, evening and online

EDU 533

Native American Studies


Fall, evening and online

EDU 515

Exceptional Students


Fall, evening and online

Professional Semester

EDU 525

Secondary/K-12 Content Methods*


Interim and Spring, evening

EDU 555

Research and Instructional Management


Interim and Spring, online

EDU 556

Student Teaching


Spring, day


Total Credits:



*Please note that K-12 majors (music, foreign language, physical education and art) will need an additional credit in methods.

When can I start?

This program is designed to begin annually in the fall (late August or early September).

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