The School of Education is the top education program in the region and the largest teacher preparation program in South Dakota. The placement rate of teacher-education graduates in education fields is over 90%. We offer 19 undergraduate and 3 graduate degrees with unique and significant field-based experiences.
The Early Childhood Special Education program at BHSU gives you the opportunity to acquire the training and certification you need to work with children ages birth to eight. Learn from faculty who are strong advocates for children of typical and atypical educational needs. The combination of the early childhood and special education courses, provides you the options that will turn your degree into a career – without additional time.
As the largest education program in the state, you will have access to cutting-edge practices as an elementary education major. Experience innovative ideas, best practices, and applied learning through our Professional Development School (PDS) model that integrates year-long classroom internships with college classes.
The Special Education program will prepare you to become a certified special education teacher in grades K-12.This program blends both on-campus and online courses. A degree in special education consists of special education core classes and teaching core classes. For teachers who have already completed a teaching degree and are currently working, BHSU also offers a special education endorsement online.
Become equipped to meet the tremendous demand for math and science teachers with a composite teaching major in Science and Mathematics Education. This major is designed to efficiently immerse students in both the mathematics and scientific disciplines while teaching innovative strategies to help secondary students learn these subjects.
The Middle School Education program includes core requires based specifically on the middle school level and development at that age. Additionally, there are elective related to English / Language Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Science. Then apply your teaching methods and strategies in the classroom.
Share your passion for human movement and learn how to help others appreciate and develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities for an active, healthy lifestyle. Gain experience teaching physical education. This program focuses on experiencing and understanding how a human body works relative to movement, and emphasizes the development of performance and teaching skills to enable you to create, implement, and assess physical education lessons for any grade from K-12.
The Science Education major provides you with the opportunity to become deeply immersed in the content of two scientific disciplines while learning innovative strategies to help secondary students learn these subjects. While enrolled in the science program, you will choose two areas of study from biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.
The Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction (MSCI) program facilitates your professional growth while preparing you for leadership in roles beyond the classroom. MSCI graduate degree programs of study include K-12 Science Specialist, K-12 Technology Integrationist, K-12 Math Specialist, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, K-12 Library Media, and K-12 Special Education.
Master of Education in Reading is a 35-credit program that emphasizes professional practice in the field of reading and addresses all International Reading Association standards for reading specialists and literacy coaches. This completely online master’s program in reading meets South Dakota's standards to prepare reading specialists. As part of this program, you will be prepared to address the literacy needs of elementary, middle, and high school populations, as well as for leadership roles.
This degree is designed to provide you 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. This 35-credit degree program allows them to become fully certified and complete a master’s degree within one year. The master’s degree can be pursued through the online Project SECOND.
The Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education is designed for students who want to work with students who receive special education services and who have an undergraduate degree in a non-teachable subject. The MAT in Special Education will lead to initial certification in K-12 special education with a graduate degree in teaching. Students will take classes for initial teacher certification, and classes specific to special education licensure.