The Early Childhood Special Education major at Black Hills State University provides the opportunity to acquire training and certification needed to work with children ages birth through eight. Students learn strategies for reaching each individual child and connecting with families to enhance learning.
This major prepares students to work in public schools, state early intervention programs, private schools, or in nationally recognized early childhood developmental centers.
- Study with BHSU early childhood education faculty who are strong advocates for children with typical and atypical educational needs.
- Get involved with student organizations that support the learning goals of this program.
- Gain early childhood experience at the BHSU Little Jackets Learning Center.
Early Childhood Special Education Major Course Requirements
Required Core - 9 semester hours
- 3 HIST 151 - United States History I
- 3 HIST 152 - United States History II
- 3 POLS 100 - American Government
- 3 PSYC 101 - General Pyschology
Pre-Professional Core - 34 semester hours
- 2 ECE 228 Guidance with Young Children
- 2 EDFN 338 Foundations of American Education
- 4 ELED 303 Earth & Physical Science for Elementary Teachers
- 2 ELED 315 Foundations & Theories of Reading
- 3 EPSY 302 Educational Psychology
- 3 EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Development
- 2 HLTH 321 K-12 Methods of Teaching Health
- 3 INED 411 South Dakota Indian Studies
- 2 LIBM 205 Children's Literature
- 3 MATH 341 Math Concepts for Teachers I
- 3 MATH MATH Elective
- 3 SPED 100 Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities
- 3 SPED 460 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration
Professional Core - 48 semester hours
- 3 ECE 411 Social Development in Early Childhood
- 3 ECE 413 Early Childhood Curriculum
- 3 ECE 417 Methods of Early Childhood Education
- 3 EDFN 365 Computer Based Technology & Learning
- 2 ELED 320 K-8 Science Methods
- 2 ELED 330 K-8 Math Methods
- 2 ELED 360 K-8 Social Science Methods
- 2 ELED 440 K-8 Language Arts Methods
- 2 ELED 450 K-8 Reading Methods
- 3 ELED 459 Intro to Literacy Assessment & Remediation
- 2 ELED 495 Practicum: Pre-Student Teaching
- 3 SPED 410 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
- 3 SPED 413 Students with MR, DD & Severe Disabilites
- 3 SPED 431 Identification and Assessment in Special Education
- 3 EDFN 475 Human Relations
- 9 Student Teaching Internship
- 486 Early Childhood/Special Ed Student Teach: Preschool
- 488 Early Childhood Student Teaching
Global Requirement: depending on your selection, this requirement will satisfy 3 hours of either Social Science or Arts & Humanities requirements. Take 1 course from: AIS/HIST 257, ANTH 210, ARTH 211/212/251, ENGL 211/212, GEOG 210, HIST 121/122/153, HUM 100, MCOM 151, POLS 141/250
Don’t worry about whether or not you can be involved; worry about which of the several options to join and take part in. You will have internships and field experiences integrated into the curriculum and requirements of the early childhood special education major, and work at the campus daycare center to acquire both experience and a paying job Internships and field experiences are an important part of our program 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.
Several student organizations are at your fingertips, such as: