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Special Education - K-12

Black Hills State University

48 months
9723 USD/year
11742 USD/year
8672 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Special Education - K-12 program from Black Hills State University will prepare you through specialized training in instructional methods, behavior management, assessment, and assistive technologies for students with disabilities. 


Help Everyone Learn

  • Work with students with disabilities

A core philosophy of Special Education (SPED) is that all students can learn. Following completion of the Special Education - K-12 program from Black Hills State University , you will be well-equipped to serve as an effective and dynamic SPED teacher.

  • Become prepared and get certified

The Black Hills State University K – 12 SPED program will prepare you to become a certified SPED teacher in Kindergarten through High School classrooms; therefore, the K-12 SPED degree will provide you with the option of teaching a variety of disabilities at any age level. You will gain field experience through an internship in a special education classroom, and a general education classroom as well. Core SPED classes are offered online. On-campus opportunities are offered through webinars, guest speakers, and membership in our student organizations.

Hands-on Experience

  • Learn from experienced educators

The K – 12 Special Education teacher education program is rigorous and taught by faculty who hold doctorates in the field of Special Education, and have several years of experience as public school SPED teachers. The SPED faculty at BHSU will provide you with learning opportunities focused on real-world applications of state-of-the-art educational research.

  • Abundant job opportunities

Investing time in a K-12 Special Education degree is investing time in job security. Currently, there is a national shortage of Special Education teachers. At any given point in time, there are hundreds of vacant Special Education teaching positions ready to be filled in every state. Special Education teachers are eligible for $17,500 dollars of federal loan forgiveness. As a K-12 SPED major, you will have access to several grants and other tuition-assistance opportunities. Furthermore, many school districts offer competitive salaries, additional stipends, and substantial sign-on bonuses for SPED teachers.

  • On-campus organizations

By participating in student organizations you have will have the chance to attend and present at state and national conferences. As a student at BHSU you will have access to research opportunities that will aid you in advancing your knowledge and career quickly.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of American Education
  • Practicum: Pre-Admission 
  • Educational Psychology
  • Child & Adolescent Development
  • First Aid & CPR
  • South Dakota Indian Studies
  • Psychology
  • Intro to Persons with Exceptionalities
  • Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • Behavior Management of Exceptional Children

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Complete the following high school courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of math (algebra or higher level)
  • 3 years of laboratory science
  • 3 years of social science
  • 1 year of fine arts

Students must meet one of the following admissions requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6
  • Minimum composite ACT of 18 (SAT score of 970 or above)
  • Rank in the top 60% of high school class

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9723 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9723 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    11742 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11742 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    8672 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8672 USD per year during 48 months.

WY, CO, MT, ND, NE, IA Residents (In-State Tuition): $ 8,672

Living costs for Spearfish

1144 - 1990 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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