Secondary Education

The Secondary Education program prepares future educators to teach English, mathematics, science, social science, or Spanish in grades 5 to 12. Those aiming to become middle or high school teachers become experts in their chosen subject-matter discipline and then learn how to apply pedagogical best practices for that content in the modern classroom. 

Explore Our Programs


Learn innovative teaching strategies to help students understand scientific concepts in biology and potentially add a minor in chemistry, earth science, or ecology.



Encourage and support students as they explore tradition and emerging forms of texts and writing to support reading and critical thinking skills.


Develop skills that support the study of past development of human societies and how they affect the present and the future.


Learn how to help students gain crucial life skills in mathematics and empower them to become problem solvers and critical thinkers.

Math and Science (Composite)

A math and science education composite major is a specialized academic program that combines the study of mathematics and branches of science like biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

Science (Composite)

Become equipped to meet the tremendous demand for high-quality science teachers throughout the region.

Social Science

Develop the ability to teach subjects that address local and global issues through the study of culture, politics, geography, history, and economics.


Learn how to turn your passion for the Spanish language and culture into a career teaching Spanish language classes to students in the secondary level classroom.


Earn a Speech - Composite Language Arts minor to learn how to prepare students with oratory skills and shape the voices of tomorrow.

Contact Info

Dr. Faye LaDuke Pelster
Department Chair
Jonas 223 Map
Phone: 605-642-6627

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





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Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.