Join Project SELECT - an alternative method to teacher certification.

Secondary Education Learners Engaged in Constructivist Teaching

Secondary Education Learners Engaged in Constructivist Teaching within a Master of Science in Secondary Education

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Do you have a degree and want a secondary teaching certification in the state of South Dakota without the 3-4 semester time commitment?

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.

Project SELECT offers the following benefits to you:

  • Complete certification (with all practicum and student teaching) in a 10 month time frame. 
  • Complete certification to teach in South Dakota on a 'fast track'
    2 semesters/Project SELECT versus 3 semesters/"stand alone" program. 
  • Is an accelerated route to teacher certification in South Dakota.  You would receive interactive, dynamic instruction, while experiencing the support of a cohort to promote reflective practice. 
  • Offered in Rapid City and Douglas Schools
  •  provides the pre-service teacher with expanded field experience (minimum of 21 weeks).

Who is eligible?

Individuals who have degrees from accredited colleges or universities that could lead to teaching in secondary
content areas and have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 or higher are eligible. Students in the master’s
degree program must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate courses.

Is Project SELECT right for you?

Individuals who…

• are able to complete a rigorous full-time, ten-month program
• can complete the teacher candidate internship in schools in the Rapid City area

How to Apply to Project SELECT

Contact Susan D’Aniello, Project SELECT Director at 605.641.5951 or 605.718.4365 or email Students are encouraged to contact the director with any questions or concerns
   throughout the application process.
 Email a copy of your unofficial transcripts with a request to evaluate them for eligibility to Micheline Nelson,
   Director of Field Experiences at BHSU, at
 Apply to Project SELECT upon eligibility to participate. The application is available at
 Register for the Praxis Content Knowledge test indicated on your transcript review. For more information
  on the Praxis exams, go to Under Praxis select South Dakota for information including
  registration, test dates, and other testing information.
Mail three professional letters of recommendation to the Project SELECT director:

Dr. Susan D’Aniello, Project SELECT Director
University Center-Rapid City
4300 Cheyenne Blvd.
PO Box 250
Rapid City, SD 57709

• Complete interview scheduled by the coordinator.

• Apply to BHSU at and select Graduate, specifying the MS in Secondary Education.

How to Move to Full Admission to

Teacher Preparation Program and Master’s Degree

• Complete Praxis content knowledge test with passing scores by August.

• Successfully complete the coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

• Complete the application packet for admission to the Professional Teacher Preparation Program. The form

specific to Project SELECT will be mailed to you from the BHSU Office of Field Experiences




Project SELECT Contact Information

Dr. Susan D'Aniello
Program Coordinator