K-12 Science Specialist

The state of South Dakota Board of Education has enacted a "K-12 Science Specialist" endorsement to strengthen the capacity and the infrastructure for improving K-12 science. We believe that this fills an important need both in South Dakota and beyond state borders.

The Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education at BHSU now offers a course of study that leads to the K-12 Science Specialist Endorsement, either as a stand-alone program or part of a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI). Both options are open to all South Dakota teachers of grades K-12. There are two possibilities - you may:

    • Pursue the MSCI with an emphasis in science education by completing the endorsement program plus additional MSCI courses at BHSU.
    • Attach the endorsement to an existing master's degree or to one you are currently working on.

Those who complete the Science Specialist program at BHSU will meet the standards for the endorsement if they have three years of experience teaching science and have advanced certification (either a master's degree or National Board Certification) at the time of completion.

Graduates of this Science Education endorsement program will be well prepared to model exemplary instruction within their own classrooms and to support the professional growth of other educators.

Who is the audience for the program? The endorsement coursework is designed for K-12 educators who want to improve their science instruction and deepen their content knowledge. Educators who have already attained a graduate degree or National Board Certification are one target audience. Educators who seek a master's degree program with an emphasis in science education are a second audience.

Program Objectives:

    1. Deepen science content knowledge
    2. Deepen understanding of student thinking
    3. Strengthen capacity for exemplary instruction
    4. Examine research base and assessment issues
    5. Build leadership skills

For more information on the Science Specialist Endorsement please contact Janet Briggs at Janet.Briggs@bhsu.edu or at 605-642-6875.