Black Hills State University is offering a new Driver Education Program this summer that provides courses needed to obtain the 7-12 Driver Education endorsement for high school teachers.

According to Rajeev Bukralia, dean of Educational Outreach at BHSU, “There has been an increasing need for this type of program in the West River area. This new program is an example that BHSU has responded to the educational needs of both high school students and teachers in our community.”

Registration for the program will begin on June 2. The program consists of three courses for a total of nine credits. All three of the courses needed to complete the program will be offered throughout the summer.

Courses include:

“Occupational and Safety Education”, which is in an internet course. This class serves as an introduction to safety awareness and the development of safety programs for schools, homes, businesses, industries, and transportation. Accident cause, costs, prevention, and research will also be covered in this course which begins on June 9 and continues through July 3.

“Driver and Traffic Safety Education” is an on campus course that meets Monday through Friday at the Spearfish School District Administrative Office and begin on July 7 and run through July 18 and meets from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and covers the recommended policies and practices in driver education and traffic safety, as well as the Department of Transportation’s traffic safety program, use of simulators, driver improvement through enforcement.

“Special Methods in the Teaching of Driver Education” will meet from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is a driver education and traffic safety course with both classroom experience and behind-the-wheel phases of driver education. The course also includes lesson plans, films, scheduling, and testing techniques.

Tuition costs are $219.55 per credit. Students participating in the program are welcome to stay in the residence halls during the on campus courses. Financial aid is offered for this program in the form of a loan. Anyone interested in applying for this program needs to fill out the 2008/2009 FAFSA, www.fafsa.ed.gov, and the summer aid application, http://www.bhsu.edu/Portals/0/admissions/pay/financialAid/SummerAidApp2008.pdf. This should be done as soon as possible since it takes at least two weeks to process the application. For questions concerning Financial Aid call 642-6145 or bhsufinancial@bhsu.edu.

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