Early Childhood Special Education
The Early Childhood Special Education program at BHSU gives you the opportunity to acquire the training and certification you need to work with children ages birth to eight. Learn from faculty who are strong advocates for children of typical and atypical educational needs. The combination of the early childhood and special education courses, provides you the options that will turn your degree into a career – without additional time.
Receive exceptional preparation and training for a career in elementary education. As the largest education program in the state, you will have access to cutting-edge practices as an elementary education major. Experience innovative ideas, best practices, and applied learning through our Professional Development School (PDS) model that integrates year-long classroom internships with college classes. Simultaneously study educational theories and methods while gaining practical knowledge based on real-world learning in the elementary classroom.
K-12 Special Education
The special education program blends both on-campus and online courses. This program will prepare you to become a certified special education teacher in grades K-12. A degree in special education consists of special education core classes and teaching core classes. For teachers who have already completed a teaching degree and are currently working, BHSU also offers a special education endorsement online.
Math & Science Education
Become equipped to meet the tremendous demand for math and science teachers with a composite teaching major in science and mathematics education. This major is designed to efficiently immerse students in both the mathematics and scientific disciplines while teaching innovative strategies to help secondary students learn these subjects.
Share your passion for human movement and learn how to help others appreciate and develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities for an active, healthy lifestyle. Gain experience teaching physical education. This program focuses on experiencing and understanding how a human body works relative to movement, and emphasizes the development of performance and teaching skills to enable you to create, implement, and assess physical education lessons for any grade from K-12.
The science education major provides you with the opportunity to become deeply immersed in the content of two scientific disciplines while learning innovative strategies to help secondary students learn these subjects. While enrolled in the science program, you will choose two areas of study from biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.
Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI)
The Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI) program facilitates professional growth while preparing graduate candidates for leadership in roles beyond the classroom. Expand your understanding of research and research-based practices while you prepare to be a Reading Specialist, Math Specialist, Science Specialist, or Technology Facilitator. You will have opportunities to take graduate work directly into your classrooms and into leadership experiences to better connect theory to practice.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading
Master of Education in Reading is a 35-credit program that emphasizes professional practice in the field of reading and addresses all International Reading Association standards for reading specialists and literacy coaches. This completely online master’s program in reading meets South Dakota's standards to prepare reading specialists. As part of this program, you will be prepared to address the literacy needs of elementary, middle, and high school populations, as well as for leadership roles.
Project SECOND (Secondary Education Certification On-line Delivery) is offered completely on-line as a Master of Science in Secondary Education. Project SECOND is a unique 12 month program for people with a four-year degree who want to teach in a high school or middle school. In one calendar year you can be fully certified and ready for your own classroom.
Project SELECT is an accelerated secondary teacher certification program unique to BHSU. This program embraces the philosophy of theory into practice, with active learning experiences supported through the coaching and mentorship of highly trained professionals in a field based environment. Eligible students include secondary education majors with content major completed, K-12 majors with content major completed and Post Baccalaureate graduates with a content major seeking teacher certification.