Black Hills State University will offer a secondary education teacher certification program online beginning this summer in collaboration with the other Board of Regents Teacher Preparation Programs.  The program is designed for career changers who have completed a degree and now would like to be able to get the courses they need to be certified to teach in high schools across the state.

The program will deliver a series of courses, education practicum coursework, and field experience, over three academic terms beginning in the summer of 2009.  Students completing the program will earn 44 to 45 undergraduate credits.  The program was made possible by the collaborative efforts of all five state universities.

According to Dr. Nancy Hall, dean of education at BHSU, “The five education deans and their faculty worked together to develop a common set of course requirements that are at the core of this program.”

Each campus already offers a certification-only program on-campus for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area for which the state certifies teachers. The online program offers an option for individuals who are place bound in rural areas without access to higher education.  Hall added that, “Students who successfully complete the required coursework and the field experience will be recommended for licensure in South Dakota.”

Individuals interested in enrolling in this program at BHSU should contact Dr. David Calhoon, Chair of the Department of Education at DavidCalhoon@bhsu.edu.