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.
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.