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Black Hills State University
Black Hills State University 1200 University St Spearfish, SD 57799 Phone: (605) 642-6011
  • General Information
    About Black Hills State University

    The Mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent, confident, and caring professionals. Competent graduates demonstrate broad knowledge and apply research-based instructional practices; they reflect and think critically to impact all students. Graduates exhibit confidence in their ability to positively affect student learning, behavior and motivation.Caring graduates establish relationships in an environment of mutual respect and rapport as evidenced by all students feeling valued and safe. The College of Education is charged with the responsibility of providing leadership in the development and enhancement of the professional competencies for those individuals who seek to provide educational services. Black Hills State University has the largest teacher education program in the state. The undergraduate degree awarded is the Bachelor of Science in Education. As an educational student, you can major in Elementary School Education, Secondary School Education, Special Education, Physical Education or the composite major in Early Childhood Special Education. You may also choose to major in one of two non-teaching majors: Outdoor Education, or Exercise Science Management. Teaching minors are also offered in American Indian Studies, Art, Athletic Coaching, Biology, Chemistry, Early Childhood, Earth Science, Economics, ESL, English, Geography, History, Industrial Technology, Library Media, Math, Music-Vocal, Music-Instrumental, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Middle School, Reading, Sociology, Spanish, Speech and Theater. The educational experience at Black Hills State University is designed to be intellectually stimulating and socially challenging while preparing you for a productive teaching career. Educational faculties are highly trained, genuinely caring and deeply committed to training the highest quality teachers possible. A Master of Science degree program in curriculum and instruction is also offered with specializations in Educational Technology, Math, Science and Reading.

    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • ROTC (Army)
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    • Weekend/evening college
    Student Services
    • Remedial services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    • On-campus day care for students' children
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.Advanced placement (AP) credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    Campus Setting
    • Town: Remote
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 1,578
    Percent Admitted 70%
    Men Admitted 70%
    Women Admitted 70%
    Full Time Retention Rate 62%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 18 23
      English 17 23
      Math 17 24
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 5,914
    Native American 242.0
    Asian 48.0
    African American 37.0
    Hispanic 80.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 2,685
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 13

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