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 develop their knowledge, skills, and dispositions 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 responsibility 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

Contact Info

Jami Kesling
Director of Field Experience
Jonas 203A Map
Phone: 605-642-6077

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799

Jean Osborn
Program Assistant, School of Education
Jonas 203A Map
Phone: 605-642-6642

Dr. Betsy Silva
Dean, College of Education & Behavioral Sciences
Phone: 605-642-6551

Dr. Faye LaDuke-Pelster
Chair, School of Education
Phone: 605-642-6627

Dr. Ryan Amys
Assistant Professor, School of Education (Director of Project Second)
Phone: 605-642-6196