Rebecca Martin, Interim Department Head
Department of Psychology
Hansen Hall 029
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Psychology is the discipline concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. The teaching specialization prepares students to qualify for certification to teach psychology in one of thousands of schools nationwide. Students pursuing this specialization should contact the College of Education and Human Sciences before their junior year.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify and explain the scientific foundation of psychology; use and evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims.
- Recognize the existence of universal and culture-bound psychological principles; exhibit sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for all dimensions of human diversity.
- Demonstrate ethical knowledge and skills appropriate to level of experience and education.
- Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research central to the four basic content domains of psychology: biological, learning and cognition, life-span developmental; and sociocultural approaches.
- Gain an appreciation of the application of psychological knowledge through experiences applied settings, such as internships, student research, or service learning.
Psychology does not permit the double use of courses in its major with a minor. All psychology courses that count toward the major must receive a C or better grade.
Accreditation, Certification and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.
Course Delivery Format
Psychology courses are delivered at multiple locations (Brookings Main Campus and the University Center - Sioux Falls), and in multiple formats including face-to-face lecture, discussion, and laboratory courses, as well as online courses.