General Education Mission and Philosophy
The mission of the General Education program at Southeast Tech is to complement the technical programs by providing courses which broaden knowledge, skills, and attitudes for workforce and personal success. General education courses help students integrate technical knowledge with problem solving, critical thinking, professionalism, and communication skills.
The General Education Program Learning Outcomes are as follows:
- Use technology to access, organize, communicate, and evaluate information.
- Design an approach to answer questions or achieve a desired goal.
- Evaluate issues, ideas, artifacts, or events before forming a conclusion.
- Implement effective collaboration techniques to produce effective results within a team.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior that exhibits value for a community.
- Communicate for understanding through listening, speaking, and writing.
Assessment of general education learning outcomes is accomplished through multiple strategies including course projects, presentations, portfolios, and examinations.
General Education Core Curriculum
Each associate of applied science degree program must include a minimum of 15 credit hours of general education courses from a minimum of four categories. Each diploma program is required to have 9 credit hours of general education courses.
Programs may have specific course and credit requirements for graduation. Consult the course catalog for program-specific information.
Southeast Tech also offers certificate programs. These programs generally consist of less than 18 credits and may not require general education coursework.
General Education Math/English Placement Tables
2022-2023 Math Placement Table
2022-2023 English Placement Table
General Education Courses transferrable to the SD Board of Regents Universities
The South Dakota boards of Technical Education (BOTE) and Regents (BOR) have collaborated to offer students a seamless transition of general education credits between Southeast Technical College and Board of Regents schools. General education courses provide a knowledge base and set the foundation for lifelong learning.
Students that have completed transferrable courses under this agreement will not need to repeat courses or lose credit if they choose to further pursue a bachelor’s degree at a BOR institution. View transferrable courses