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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 Info

Dr. Sharla Dowding
Sharla.Dowding@BHSU.edu
Phone: 605-642-6077

Director of Field Experiences Certification Officer
Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799

Jean Osborn
Jean.Osborn@BHSU.edu
Phone: 605-642-6642

Program Assistant of the Office of Field Experiences
Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799

Dr. Betsy Silva
Betsy.Silva@BHSU.edu
Phone: 605-642-6889

Interim Dean of the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences
Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799

Dr. Faye LaDuke-Pelster
Faye.LaDuke@bhsu.edu
Phone: 605-642-6063

Chair of the School of Education
Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799

Dr. Ryan Amys
Ryan.Amys@BHSU.edu
Phone: 605-642-6196

Instructor/Director, Project Second
Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799