Black Hills State University offers a unique program to encourage people to consider a teaching degree. Project SELECT accelerates the education and placement of teachers in South Dakota schools.
The College of Education at BHSU, South Dakota’s largest teacher preparation program, is now bringing Project SELECT to the Pierre and Chamberlain area in the fall of 2009 partnering with the Pierre, Ft. Pierre, and Chamberlain School Districts. The program has been successful in the Rapid City area.
Non-traditional and traditional students who have finished a degree or have completed content for a degree are ideal candidates for Project SELECT, an undergraduate secondary education program.
“Maybe you have a college degree but didn’t major in education, maybe you are in a job that doesn’t feel like a career, or live where career options matching your background are limited,” Nancy Whitcher, Project SELECT coordinator, says. “Perhaps you’ve had a satisfying career outside education and are ready for a change of pace. For men and women fitting those categories, Project SELECT can be a life-changing adventure.”
Whitcher adds Project SELECT is a great option for people who believe every young person deserves an education led by committed, highly-qualified teachers. The Project SELECT program stresses theory into practice—participants work toward a secondary certification as they teach regularly in a classroom, matched with a mentor teacher. The commitment is a full-time 10-month program.
For those meeting eligibility criteria, scholarships may be available to help cover tuition, transportation, living needs, childcare, and other costs through a collaborative grant, Dakota ASSETS, awarded to Black Hills State University, Technology in Education (TIE), Department of Education (DOE), and Teach for America.
To learn more about this potentially life changing adventure, contact Nancy Whitcher, 605-718-5449, or NancyWhitcher@BHSU.edu or check out the Dakota ASSETS website www.dakotaassets.tie.net.
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