The Mission of the School of Education is to prepare competent, confident, and caring professionals. Competent graduates demonstrate broad knowledge and apply research-based instructional practices; they reflect and think critically to impact all students. Graduates exhibit confidence in their ability to positively affect student learning, behavior and motivation. Caring graduates establish relationships in an environment of mutual respect and rapport as evidenced by all students feeling valued and safe.
The School of Education is charged with the responsibility of providing leadership in the development and enhancement of the professional competencies for those individuals who seek to provide educational services. Black Hills State University has the largest teacher education program in the state. The undergraduate degree awarded is the Bachelor of Science in Education. As a student, you can major in Elementary School Education, Secondary School Education, Special Education, Physical Education or the composite major in Early Childhood Special Education. Teaching minors are also offered in American Indian Studies, Art, Athletic Coaching, Biology, Chemistry, Early Childhood, Earth Science, Economics, ESL, English, Geography, History, Industrial Technology, Library Media, Math, Music-Vocal, Music-Instrumental, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Middle School, Reading, Sociology, Spanish, Speech and Theater, Math Science Composite and Science Composite.
The educational experience at Black Hills State University is designed to be intellectually stimulating and socially challenging while preparing you for a productive teaching career. Educational faculties are highly trained.
A Master of Science degree program in curriculum and instruction is offered with specializations in Educational Technology, Math, Science. A Masters in Reading is also offered that prepares teacher to befomr reading specialisits and literacy coaches.
The Vision of the School of Education is to be recognized for its leadership, innovation, and high quality programs in the Black Hills region, the state, the nation, and the world.
The School of Education belief statements are:
- We believe in learning communities in which members discuss, explore, and learn together.
- We believe that teaching is an active and reflective process that links theory into practice.
- We believe all students can learn.
- We believe in using multiple methods and strategies to promote learning for all.
- We believe that learning is inquiry-based and a life-long process.