12 months
654 USD/credit 20928 USD/year
654 USD/credit 20928 USD/year
340 USD/credit 10880 USD/year
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The Pre-Kindergarten - 12 Principal program from University of South Dakota develops innovative scholar-practitioners and transformational leaders who use evidence-based research and critical thinking to solve complex problems of practice. 

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Guide Students Through Their Most Formative Years

Grow upon your past knowledge and skills and prepare for your future in an administrative position in a Pre-K–12 setting. By specializing in Pre-Kindergarten - 12 Principal program from University of South Dakota , you will become a reflective leader and skilled educator whose practices and decisions draw upon the best available theory, research and experiential wisdom. Our program is a great fit for students seeking an alternative route to an Ed.D. degree without the need for licensure. Reflective decision-making engages administrators in cycles of thought and action based upon theoretical, ethical and professional knowledge. Work with expert professors who offer mentorship as you design an individualized plan of study that emphasizes the administrative context and meanings that are most important to you.

Become a forward-thinking leader with marketable skills in primary and secondary education with a Pre-K–12 principal specialization at USD.

Practical Internship Experiences

This program includes an administrative internship designed to prepare you for assuming the role of a school administrator through practical field-based experience. It will enable you to develop and put into practice real-world experiences that focus on a career as a Pre-K12 principal.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Principal and Equity Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Curriculum Leadership
  • Special Education Law for School Administrators
  • School Law
  • School Community Relations
  • Leading School Improvement
  • Internship 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Deadline: Three weeks before the start of the semester


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official Proof of English Proficiency
  • Official Transcripts - One official transcript (in English or with translation) verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree or equivalent degree from an institution with regional accreditation and previous graduate credit and degrees must accompany an application.
  • Official Admission Test Scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • You will need to submit a resume with your application.
  • Passport 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    20928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 654 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 340 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Vermillion

1024 - 1781 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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