Investing time in a K-12 Special Education degree is investing time in job security. Currently, there is a national shortage of Special Education teachers. The Black Hills State University K – 12 SPED program will prepare you to become a certified SPED teacher in Kindergarten through High School classrooms; therefore, the K-12 SPED degree will provide you with the option of teaching a variety of disabilities at any age level. You will gain field experience through an internship in a special education classroom and a general education classroom as well.
A core philosophy of Special Education (SPED) is that all students can learn. The BHSU SPED program will prepare you through specialized training in instructional methods, behavior management, assessment, and assistive technologies for students with disabilities. The K – 12 Special Education teacher education program is rigorous and taught by faculty who hold doctorates in the field of Special Education and have several years of experience as public school SPED teachers. The SPED faculty at BHSU will provide you with learning opportunities focused on real-world applications of state-of-the-art educational research. Following completion of the program, you will be well-equipped to serve as an effective and dynamic SPED teacher.
Special Education Major Course Requirements
Pre-Professional Core - 16 semester hours
2 EDFN 338 - Foundations of American Education
1 EDFN 295 - Practicum: Pre-Admission
3 EPSY 302 - Educational Psychology
3 EPSY 428 - Child & Adolescent Development
1 HLTH 251 - First Aid & CPR
3 INED 411 - South Dakota Indian Studies
3 PSYC 101 - General Psychology
Special Ed Core - 32 semester hours
3 SPED 100 - Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities
2 SPED 406 - Introduction to Assistive Technology
3 SPED 410 - Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
3 SPED 413 - Students with MR, DD, and Severe Disabilities
The local chapter of theAmerican Association on Mental Retardationand theStudent Council for Exceptional Children(AAMR/SCEC) is an excellent opportunity for BHSU students. You can join the group and expand your education with special and exceptional needs through activities and conventions. The group hosts several local activities, including holiday dances for theNorthern Hills Training Centerand theBlack Hills Special Servicesgroups. In the past, the group has participated in an annual Chili Feed and an open forum on special education. Fundraisers such as the Silent Auction and Ladies’ Night Out are also important to AAMR/SCEC. Members raise money to help them attend state and national conventions.