The teacher education program at Black Hills State University affords students the opportunity to qualify for licensure to teach in preschool, elementary school, middle school, secondary school, K-12, and special education. Graduate courses leading to teacher endorsements and to a Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction, with specializations in technology, reading, science, and mathematics, are available to certified teachers. In addition there are 40 teaching endorsements. The teacher education program at Black Hills State University is approved by the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs and the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board. The teacher education program is also nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
See the Academic Catalog for more specific information about each major. Also check the Status Sheets link for specific information about the actual courses needed for each major.
An academic minor is a declared secondary field of study or specialization during taken during undergraduate studies. Academic minors and majors differ in that the former is subordinate to the latter. Students can pursue a minor to provide specific specialization and thus make themselves more attractive to employers. A minor usually consists of 6-8 courses. Some of the courses required for a minor may already be included in the student's major. For example, SOE Elementary Education students can obtain a minor in Reading by taking only 2 or 3 additional courses.