School of Education at BHSU

Field Experiences

The Pre-Admission Teaching Practicum: Students observe and assist a classroom teacher for a minimum of 40 hours. This practicum is designed for all education students prior to their admission into the School of Education's Professional Teacher Preparation Program. It is designed to give candidates the opportunity to see a classroom from a teacher's perspective and to begin interacting with students in real PK-12 classrooms.

The Pre-Student Teaching Practicum: All education major candidates take this practicum in the semester immediately prior to the student teaching semester. The course consist of various contact hours (depending on the candidate's teaching major) and has increased requirements including the planning and teaching of lessons under the guidance of the clinical educator/cooperating teacher. During this practicum, students experience real classroom conditions and continue to deveolop their knowlodge, skills, and dispoistions in preparation for student teaching.

The Student Teaching Internship: This is an experience lasting a minimum of 16 weeks in PK-12 classroom during which the student teacher works under the direct supervision of a master teacher. During this experience the student teacher gradually assumes full responisibility for the classroom. Students majoring in elementary or secondary education complete this experience in a single classroom. Students in K-12 majors and students with two majors complete this experience in two different classrooms at two different levels (elementary, middle, or high school).

All field experience placements are made by the Office of Field Experience in collaboration with P-12 schools.

Pre-Admission to Teacher Program

Pre-Student Teaching

Contact Information

Dr. Sharla Dowding
Director of Field Experiences
Certification Officer

Jean Osborn
Program Assistant of the Office of Field Experiences

Dr. Betsy Silva
Interim Dean of the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Faye LaDuke-Pelster
Chair of the School of Education

Dr. Ryan Amys
Instructor/Director, Project Second

Teach Abroad

International Student Teaching Internship

Students can complete part of their student teaching abroad. Students will complete ten weeks in the United States and then complete the remaining 6 weeks abroad. Click here for more information.

Master of Science in Secondary Education


The Master of Science in Secondary Education degree provides preparation for post baccalaureate secondary teacher certification in South Dakota. It is designed for individuals with bachelor's degrees from accredited colleges or universities that can lead to secondary content teaching areas.


What is Teammates?

Are you a BHSU student looking to make a positive difference in the life of a child? If so, Teammates may be the program for you! Teammates is a mentorship program that links K-12 students in our community with BHSU education majors for 1 hour each week.