Program Overview

Black Hills State University offers a Master’s of Education in Reading. This program emphasizes professional practice in the field of reading and addresses all International Reading Association standards for reading specialists and literacy coaches. A reading specialist collaboratively supports exemplary classroom teaching in literacy, assesses reading strengths and needs of students and communicates the information to fellow teachers, and serves as a resource to stakeholders. This program is offered entirely online and meets South Dakota's standards to prepare reading specialists.

This program focuses on comprehensive clinical components. These components encourage closer collaboration with partner school districts and facilitates additional application of student learning. As part of this program, students will be prepared to address the literacy needs of elementary, middle, and high school populations, as well as for leadership roles. Students are required to take 35 credit hours in order to complete this degree.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Black Hills State University is a four-year, public institution of higher education, located on a 123-acre campus in Spearfish, South Dakota. Founded in 1883 when South Dakota was still a territory, the university opened as Dakota Territorial Normal School. Through the twentieth century, the school continued to evolve and expand educational opportunities, and in the 1990s, officially became recognized as Black Hills State University. The twenty-first century’s vision of BHSU is to “be recognized as an innovative, high-quality University in the Black Hills region, the state, the nation, and the world,” and the university is committed to: scholarship; student-centeredness; educational excellence and lifelong learning; integrity; inclusiveness; and innovation and change.

    Students attending Black Hills can pursue undergraduate fields of study, including associate’s and bachelor's degrees, in business, technology, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, arts, humanities, and education. Graduate programs offer master’s and certificate options in fields, such as business administration, education, and leadership. Along with a wide range of individual online courses, Black Hills State University supports online master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, certificates and endorsements. Through BHSU Educational Outreach, students can access distance education resources and support.

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