Early Childhood Education

Birth through Preschool Education Endorsement (Birth – Age 5)

Online Delivery – Graduate Level SDAR 24:15:06:02

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.) www.ets.org/praxis

COURSEWORK: See Planning Sheet