Secondary Education at BHSU

Master of Science in Secondary Education (Project SECOND)

Project Second

Earn your Teaching Certification through BHSU’s Master of Science in Secondary Education

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Project SECOND is an online secondary teacher certification program unique to BHSU that can be completed in a one- or two-year time frame. This program embraces the philosophy of theory into practice with active learning experiences supported through two practicums and student teaching. Eligible students include those with a baccalaureate degree in a teachable content area with a minimum GPA of 2.7.

What will the successful candidate be able to do when the program is completed?

Upon completing Project SECOND, students will be able to apply for secondary certification in their
specific content field(s).

Project SECOND

Program Benefits
  • Become certified from the comfort of your home
  • Student teach in your local area
  • Take online coursework to teach secondary education 
  • 35 credit hours, including 16-20 weeks of student teaching
  • Small online courses offering in-depth support
  • Individuals with a degree from an accredited college or university that could lead to a teachable content area
  • Individuals with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher
  • Individuals passionate about becoming an educator

Who is Eligible?

  • Eligible individuals have earned a degree from an accredited college or university
  • The degree must coincide with a content area in secondary teaching
  • The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of undergraduate studies must be 2.7 or higher
  • Students enrolled in Project SECOND must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, with a maximum of 2 C's in graduate courses

Project SECOND offers the following benefits:

  • Earn a master's degree
  • Complete a teaching certification in a one- or two-year time frame
  • Program offered online, placing students near their home for both practicums and student teaching
  • Earn a recommendation to the South Dakota Department of Education for teaching certification in 7-12 content areas
  • Receive in-depth guidance and instruction through small online class sizes

Project SECOND Master's Degree Course Sequence

Summer Coursework Fall Coursework Spring ONLY Coursework
ED 622 Foundations of Education and Learning Theory (3 credits) SUMMER ONLY SPED 535 Characteristics and Exceptionalities of Adolescents (3 credits) Fall only SEED 688 - 7-1212 Student Teaching (6 credits)
EDFN 575 Human Relations (3 credits) Summer, Fall, Spring ED 728 New and Emerging Technologies for Schools (3 credits) Fall & Spring SEED 741 - 7-12 Curriculum and Instruction:  Special Content Methods (3 credits)
SEED 550 Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3 credits) Summer, Fall, Spring SEED 508 Plan, Manage and Assess the Diverse 7-12 Classroom (3 credits) Fall only EDFN 790 Seminar (1 credit)
  EDFN 595 Pre-Admission Practicum (1 credit) Fall only  
  ED 695 Pre-Student Teaching Practicum (1 credit)  
  MLED 580 Middle Level Methods of Teaching (2 credits) Fall & Spring  
  INED 511 South Dakota Indian Studies (3 credits) Summer, Fall, Spring  
9 Hours 16 Hours 16 Hours

Total: 35 Credit Hours

Possible courses for spring before the cohort starts: INED 511 South Dakota Indian Studies (3 credits) EDFN 575 Human Relations (3 credits) SEED 550 TEaching Reading in the Content Area (3 credits) ED 728 New and Emerging Techologies for Schools (3 credits)


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