For over 100 years Black Hills State University has demonstrated a strong commitment toward educational excellence through faculty dedication and student achievement. Quality begins in the classroom with outstanding faculty delivering an up-to-date, standards-based curriculum designed for personal and professional development. Technology is integrated into all education course work to facilitate the growth of students' technology skills and their ability to integrate the same into their P-12 classrooms.
The faculty at BHSU are committed to preparing professionals for the 21st century who will be caring, competent and confident teachers. Toward that end, faculty members seek to develop future teachers who are caring by modeling such care and concern on a daily basis. Faculty members treat each student with respect and dignity. They value diversity and honor all students' ideas, beliefs and individual differences. Faculty members also strive to prepare competent future teachers who can create P-12 classrooms which embody active and reflective learning. These competent teachers are capable of using multiple instructional strategies to meet the diverse learning needs of P-12 students. In addition, each and every member of the School of Education works to develop confident future teachers who will persevere through the daily challenges of teaching P-12 students.
Providing diverse experiences for graduate and undergraduate candidates in the School of Education is a priority. Experiences include working with diverse faculty, diverse candidates, and diverse students in P-12 schools.
Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs. Current student teaching opportunities include teaching in Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and South America. Interested students need to enroll in ED 492 International Student Teaching.
School of Education Centers & Research
- Center for Advancement of Math & Science Education (CAMSE)
The mission of the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) is to promote effective and meaningful teaching and learning of science and mathematics at all levels. Areas of emphasis include the preparation of future teachers; support of teachers already in the field through professional development in math and science content and innovative teaching strategies; and research on the teaching and learning of math and science.
- Math & Science Partnership - Project Prime
Project PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education) is a five-year, targeted Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) project aimed at improving the academic achievement of all students in the Rapid City Area Schools. This grant will focus, in particular, on reducing the achievement gap between Native American and non-Native American students. In addition, the project will improve the professional capacity of all mathematics teachers in the Rapid City Area Schools and all student teachers of mathematics from Black Hills State University.
- Learning Assistant
The Learning Assistant Program is an initiative at Black Hills State University. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for math and science majors to explore teaching as a career field and to increase the production of exemplary math and science teachers.
- Little Jackets Learning Center
Black Hills State University's Little Jackets Learning Center is a facility for the children of BHSU students, faculty, and staff. The primary objective of The Learning Center is to provide a fun, safe, and stimulating environment for the children we serve, providing opportunities and activities that enhance social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development.