Birth through Preschool Education Endorsement (Birth – Age 5)

Online Delivery – Undergraduate Level
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A birth through preschool education endorsement requires coursework completion, a passing score on the designated state test, and completion of the following requirements:

    1. A child development associate credential for infant, toddlers, and preschoolers; or
    2. Completion of 18 semester hours of coursework to include:
      1. Child growth and development;
      2. Curriculum, methodology, and materials related to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers;
      3. Family systems;
      4. Introduction to children with disabilities; and
      5. One hundred thirty-five clock hours of experience, practicum, or student teaching with birth through preschool age children.

Verified teaching experience with birth through preschool age children within the five-year period immediately preceding application may be accepted in lieu of subdivision (e) at the equivalency of one year’s teaching experience for one semester hour credit for a maximum of three semester hours of the total credit hours required. (Experiential substitution forms are available and need to be approved by the school administrator and the director of the Office of Field Experiences.)

PRAXIS: 5024 – Education of Young Children (When registering for the test, select South Dakota since the coursework is completed through a university in SD. Tests and passing scores are revised by the Department of Education and posted by August 1 each year.)

COURSEWORK: See Planning Sheet