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The physical education teacher preparation program at Black Hills State University recently earned national from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for meeting all ten standards set forth by the association to designate exemplary preparation of K-12 physical education teachers. BHSU is the only school in the state and the surrounding region that has earned this recognition.

The physical education teacher preparation program at Black Hills State University recently earned national recognition from the specialized professional association in physical education.

Following a comprehensive review, the program at BHSU was recognized by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for meeting all ten standards set forth by the association to designate exemplary preparation of K-12 physical education teachers. BHSU is the only school in the state and the surrounding region that has earned this recognition.

Dr. Pat Simpson, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, noted that all BHSU teacher preparation programs are approved by the state of South Dakota and that choosing to pursue this national recognition is an ambitious and challenging goal.

Simpson says the recognition of the physical education department is certainly well deserved. She commends Dr. Betsy Silva and all the faculty for their superior work.

“BHSU has excellent collaboration between methods course faculty and content course faculty, which is a real asset for our students,” Silva says. She noted that BHSU physical education faculty continue to be published nationally. In addition, work by several BHSU physical education students has been selected for national presentations.

“That speaks highly for the quality of our students,” Silva says.

The report noted that the program’s philosophy of “learn it, teach it, live it” is important to the success of the students. The report commended the strong faculty-candidate connection and praised the faculty for seeking feedback from current student teacher candidates, employed graduates, and cooperating teachers. BHSU was also praised for being reflective and continuing to strengthen the program and assessments.