Internships and field experiences are an important part of our education programs and are coordinated by the faculty. Students spend a minimum of 45 hours in the classrooms during their sophomore year, 100 hours during their junior year, and end their program with a 16 week student teaching experience.
The local chapter of the American Association on Mental Retardation and the Student Council for Exceptional Children (AAMR/SCEC) is an excellent opportunity for BHSU students. You can join the group and expand your education with special and exceptional needs through activities and conventions. The group hosts several local activities, including holiday dances for the Northern Hills Training Center and the Black Hills Special Services groups. In the past, the group has participated in an annual Chili Feed and an open forum on special education. Fundraisers such as the Silent Auction and Ladies’ Night Out are also an important part of AAMR/SCEC. Members raise money to help them attend state and national conventions.
Several other student organizations, such as the Black Hills Association for the Education of Young Children, Honors Program, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Reading Council, are also available.