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Education Professions Development Act and Career Opportunities Program Files, 1967 - 1976

Identifier: ACC 2013-031:

Scope and Contents

Contains files maintained by the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (previously the Department of Public Instruction) concerning teacher and teacher aid training projects carried out as part of the Career Opportunities Program (COP) and other federal initiatives developed under the Education Professions Development Act of 1967 (P.L. 90-35) between 1967 and 1976. The Education Professions Development Act of 1967, and amendment and extension of Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-329), was designed to help local school systems, state education agencies, and colleges and universities develop more effective ways to recruit, train, and utilize educational personnel. The Career Opportunities Program was established in FY 1969 under the EPDA to improve educational opportunities for low-income persons by providing a work-study program leading to professional credentials, and to reorganize local education delivery systems so that all personnel could be utilized more effectively toward improving student learning. The Career Opportunities Program also made possible the initiation and continuing support of teacher preparation projects designed to serve elementary and secondary schools within Native American reservation communities.

Records include memoranda and correspondence; financial reports; program proposals and handbooks; third-party evaluations of EPDA programs; state plans for recruiting and training qualified teachers; applications and letters of intent submitted by school districts planning to participate in the program; and federal bulletins and other publications concerning the EPDA and the COP.


  • 1967 - 1976


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

From the Record Group: English


Files are unarranged.

Repository Details

Part of the South Dakota State Archives Repository

900 Governors Dr
Pierre South Dakota 57501 USA
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