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BHSU School of Education - Endorsements

Course Work:

  • ECE 511 Social Development in Early Childhood
  • ECE513 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 517 Methods of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 795 Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • ED 728 New &Emergent Technology in Schools
  • SPED 560 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration

To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300/405 Students with Exceptionalities.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 100/300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

Birth through Age 8 (SD) or Birth through Age 5 (WY)

Early Childhood Endorsement in pdf sheet.

K-12 Special Education Endorsement in pdf sheet.

Test Requirements:

PRAXIS Information: Test #5024 offered monthly. Passing score: 160 – The test requirements are reviewed annually. Check before signing up to find out if it has a new number and possible new passing score.

Depending on your teacher preparation, you might need to take an additional PRAXIS PLT starting July 1, 2019.

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Officer Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu

If interested in completing a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) with this endorsement, please contact:
Dr. Brian Eberhard, Assistant Professor and MSCI Coordinator
Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu

Alignment to the Certification Requirements:

  • SPED 517 -Vocational transition
  • SPED 100 - SPED 513 -Foundations, development and characteristics of learners
  • SPED 100 - SPED 513 -SPED 531 -Individual learning differences
  • SPED 520 -Instructional strategies
  • SPED 695 -Learning environments and social interactions
  • SPED 560 -Communication
  • SPED 520 -Instructional planning
  • SPED 531 -Assessment
  • SPED 100–SPED 695 -Professional and ethical practice
  • SPED 560 -Collaboration

Welcome to the Teacher Online Endorsement Webpage

To add an endorsement to your current teaching certificate, you may select the coursework at the undergraduate level or graduate level in the teaching areas listed on this website. Our focus is to provide endorsements accessible to all teachers. BHSU School of Education is committed to providing these endorsements online. Some teachers might be looking to advance their education and seek a Master’s Degree. This website is designed to guide you in providing the program that best fits your needs.

Some teaching minors, with the passing of the state required test and the appropriate practicum, may lead to licensure. Contact Micheline Nelson, University Certification Officer for additional information.

Steps to Adding an Endorsement

    1. Contact the advisor (see endorsement planning sheets)
    2. Send an unofficial copy of your transcript to the University Certification Officer for approval of possible course substitutions
    3. Apply to BHSU as a non-degree seeking student undergraduate or graduate
    4. Register for classes – After communicating with your advisor, the University Certification Officer will request your registration in the coursework selected
    5. Contact the University Certification Officer to request experiential substitution for prior or current experiences as defined in the South Dakota Administrative Rules (SDAR)
    6. Register for the PRAXIS test if required (see planning sheets)
    7. Apply for adding the endorsement on your teaching certificate through the Department of Education of the appropriate state
    8. The University Certification Officer will sign off on licensure requests upon completion of all requirements
    9. Official transcripts may be requested online from the BHSU Registrar’s Office


Course Work:

  • SPED 510 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
  • SPED 513 Serving Students with MR, DD, & Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 520 Curriculum & Instructional Strategies K-12
  • SPED 531 Identification & Assessment in Special Education
  • SPED 517 Vocational-Transitional Programming
  • SPED 560 Family Systems &SPED 695 Professional Collaboration
  • K-8 SPED Practicum
  • SPED 695 7-12 SPED Practicum

To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Special Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300/405 Students with Exceptionalities.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 100/300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

Alignment to the Certification Requirements::

LIBM 509 -Library media methodology course (LIBM 409/509)

LIBM 508 -LIBM-ED 531 -Selection of printed and non-printed media to support the instructional program andemerging technology

LIBM 543 -LIBM 509 -Integration of multiple sources of information media into the learning process

LIBM 521 –Administration, supervision, evaluation, and management of human and media resources

LIBM 504 -LIBM 508 - LIBM 543 -Cataloging and management of information resources

Course Work:

  • ED 531 Library Media and Technology
  • LIBM 504 Reference Resources
  • LIBM 521 Management of the Library Media Center
  • LIBM 508 Collection Development
  • LIBM 509 Library Methods
  • LIBM 543 Information: Organization, Retrieval, and Discovery
  • LIBM 595 Library Practicum

Wyoming Licensure: LIBM 305 Children’s and Young Adult Literature (3) is required

Other Requirements:

Need teaching certification.
Certification Requirement: The PRAXIS exam is not required if the coursework has 18 credits approved by the SD DOE.

If your previous degree is in elementary education, to be certified at the secondary level, you will need the 7-12 PLT after July 1, 2019.

If your degree is in secondary education, to be certified at the elementary level, you will need the K-6 PLT after July 1, 2019.

South Dakota certification is no longer a K-12 certification; BHSU has a K-12 endorsement; you have the choice between Elementary Library Media and Secondary Library Media or both.

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Office
Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu

Library Director:
Scott Ahola
Scott.Ahola@bhsu.edu

If interested in completing a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) with this endorsement, please contact: Dr. Brian Eberhard, Assistant Professor and MSCI Coordinator Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu.

K-12 Classroom Technology Endorsement in pdf sheet.

Course Work:

  • ED 624 Computer Applications in K-12 Curriculum
  • ED 642 Methods of Instructional Technology
  • ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design
  • ED 727 Technology in Education: Maintaining Equity and Ethics
  • ED 728 New and Emerging Technology for Schools
  • ED 791 I/S K-12 Classroom Technology Practicum (Wyoming Certification) – SD does not require a practicum

K-12 Library Media Endorsement in pdf sheet.

Alignment to the Certification Requirements::

ED 624 & ED 642 -Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity through integrating technology applications including technology ethics and facilitating experiences that advance student learning in face-to-face and virtual environments. Design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning using contemporary tools

ED 624 -Develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the ISTE Student Standards

ED 728 & ED 642 -Model digital-age work and learning through the integration of technology skills

ED 727 & ED 642 -Exhibit knowledge, skills, and processes of an innovative professional in a global and digital society

ED 727 -Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility by understanding local and global societal issues and responsibilities of a digital culture and exhibiting legal and ethical behavior in professional practices

ED 703 & ED 728 -Engage in professional growth and leadership improved professional practice by the effective use of digital tools and resources and model lifelong learning and leadership by promoting and demonstrating technology



Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Officer Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu

Test Requirements:

PRAXIS Information: Test #5691 only offered four times a year. Passing score: 159

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Officer Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu


If interested in completing a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) with this endorsement, please contact: Dr. Brian Eberhard, Assistant Professor and MSCI Coordinator Brian.Eberhard@bhsu.edu

Alignment to the Certification Requirements:

ECE 511 & SPED 560 -Basic knowledge and understanding of growth and development of the child from birth through age eight with emphasis on the child in physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, and aesthetic areas to include:

  • Identifying typical and atypical behaviors;
  • Identifying individual learning needs, specifying goals relative to the needs, and implementing program objectives to facilitate those needs; and
  • Comprehending cultural diversity and its implications, to include supporting home language preservation and promoting antibias;

ECE 513& ECE 517 -Demonstrated competence in planning and implementing programs with developmentally appropriate curriculum to include:

  • Use of manipulative materials and play to enhance development and learning; and
  • Integrated learning experiences and activities using central concepts and tools of inquiry in all curriculum content areas with emphasis in language and literacy, mathematics, safety, nutrition, social sciences, science, music, drama, art, and movement;

SPED 100 -Etiology and characteristics of disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (20 U.S.C. 1400 etseq) June 4, 1997;

SPED 560 - SPED 510 - SPED 531 -Placement committee process including:

  • Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and interagency teaming;
  • Roles and responsibilities of members;
  • Development of Individual Family Service Plan and Individual Educational Program;
  • Monitoring student progress toward annual or semi-annual goals
  • Organization, maintenance, and appropriate use of student record

ECE 513 - ECE 517 -Curriculum, instruction, and intervention to include:

  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating a variety of instructional approaches for young children with disabilities
  • Adapting, selecting, and using curricular materials
  • Adapting environment, equipment, and assistive technology devices
  • Developing and implementing positive behavioral interventions
  • Use of techniques for implementation in home, community, and center-based settings

SPED 531 -Screening, assessing, and evaluating young children with special needs, including:

  • Development, selection, administration, and interpretation of formal and informal instruments for academic, cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, behavioral, psychomotor, and self-help skills
  • Application of assessment information for determining eligibility for special education
  • Application of assessment information for developing Individual Family Service Plan and Individual Educational Program

SPED 531 - ECE 795 –Early Intervention Practicum (135 hours) Policies and services related to birth through preschool special education and basic knowledge of state laws, policies, and procedures, including transition procedures

Course Work:

  • ECE 511 Social Development of Young Children
  • ECE 513 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 517 Methods of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 795 Practicum (Early Intervention)
  • SPED 510 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
  • SPED 531 Identification & Assessment in Special Education
  • SPED 531 Identification & Assessment in Special Education

To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Special Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300/405 Students with Exceptionalities.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 100/300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

Middle School Endorsement

5-8 Middle Level Education Endorsement 

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A 5-8 middle level education endorsement requires completion of eight semester hours of coursework in the design of curriculum and instructional strategies for middle level learners, developmental characteristics of the middle level learner, and other topics relative to the concepts of middle level education or the middle level learner and the completion of a practicum, internship, or student teaching in a formally organized middle school or junior high, or the passage of the middle school pedagogy test. Verified teaching experience in a formally organized middle school or junior high within the five-year period immediately preceding the application may be accepted in lieu of the above field experiences 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.

  • Source: 25 SDR 13, adopted July 21, 1998, effective September 1, 2000; transferred from § 24:16:08:09, 30 SDR 211, effective July 5, 2004; 32 SDR 41, effective September 11, 2005; 36 SDR 169, effective May 11, 2010.
  • General Authority: SDCL 13-1-12.1, 13-42-3.
  • Law Implemented: SDCL 13-42-3, 13-42-4.

5-8 Middle Level Education Endorsement for Content Areas 

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A middle level education endorsement for language arts, mathematics, natural science, and social science shall be added by the passage of the designated state content test.

  • Source: 25 SDR 13, adopted July 21, 1998, effective September 1, 2000; transferred from § 24:16:08:10, 30 SDR 211, effective July 5, 2004; 32 SDR 41, effective September 11, 2005; 36 SDR 169, effective May 11, 2010.
  • General Authority: SDCL 13-1-12.1, 13-42-3.
  • Law Implemented: SDCL 13-42-3, 13-42-4.

South Dakota requires the PRAXIS test in each Middle School content for certification. Wyoming requires additional coursework and practicum. The planning sheets are available for each content.

COURSEWORK:

Test Requirements:

No state test required.

This endorsement is available for South Dakota licensure only.

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Officer
Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu

Birth through Age 8 (SD) or Birth through Age 5 (WY)

Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement in pdf sheet.

Course Work:

  • ECE 411 Social Development in Early Childhood
  • ECE 413 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 417 Methods of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 495 Practicum in Kindergarten (45 hours)

Kindergarten Endorsement in pdf sheet.

Test Requirements:

Praxis test required: #5354 passing score 145 (subject to change annually) To register www.ets.org/praxis

Depending on your teaching degree, you might need an additional PRAXIS PLT if you complete the endorsement after July 1, 2019

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Officer
Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu

Alignment to the Certification Requirements:

  • SPED 4417 -Vocational transition
  • SPED 100 - SPED 413 -Foundations, development and characteristics of learners
  • SPED 100 - SPED 413 - SPED 431 -Individual learning differences
  • SPED 420 -Instructional strategies
  • SPED 495 -Learning environments and social interactions
  • SPED 460 -Communication
  • SPED 420 -Instructional planning
  • SPED 431 -Assessment
  • SPED 100–SPED 495 -Professional and ethical practice
  • SPED 460 -Collaboration

Course Work:

  • SPED 410 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
  • SPED 413 Serving Students with MR, DD, & Severe Disabilities
  • SPED 420 Curriculum & Instructional Strategies K-12
  • SPED 431 Identification & Assessment in Special Education
  • SPED 417 Vocational-Transitional Programing
  • SPED 460 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration
  • SPED 495 K-8 SPED Practicum
  • SPED 495 7-12 SPED Practicum

To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Special Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300/405 Students with Exceptionalities.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 100/300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

Other Requirements:

Need teaching certification
Certification Requirement: The PRAXIS exam is not required if the coursework has 18 credits approved by the SD DOE

If your previous degree is in elementary education, to be certified at the secondary level, you will need the 7-12 PLT after July 1, 2019

If your degree is in secondary education, to be certified at the elementary level, you will need the K-6 PLT after July 1, 2019.

South Dakota certification is no longer a K-12 certification; BHSU has a K-12 endorsement; you have the choice between Elementary Library Media and Secondary Library Media or both

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Officer
Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu

Endorsements at the Undergraduate Level

Course Work:

  • ED 431 - Library Media and Technology
  • LIBM 404 Reference Resources
  • LIBM 421 Management of the Library Media Center
  • LIBM 408 Collection Development
  • LIBM 409 Library Methods
  • LIBM 443 Information: Organization, Retrieval, and Discovery
  • LIBM 495 Library Practicum
  • Wyoming Licensure: LIBM 305 Children’s and Young Adult Literature (3) is required

K-12 Special Education Endorsement in pdf sheet.

Course Work:

  • ECE 411 Social Development in Early Childhood
  • ECE413 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 417 Methods of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 495 Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  • EDFN 365 Computer-based Technology and Learning
  • SPED 460 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration

To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300/405 Students with Exceptionalities.

Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 100/300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

Alignment to the Certification Requirements:

  • LIBM 409 -Library media methodology course (LIBM 409/509)
  • LIBM 408 - LIBM-ED 431 -Selection of printed and non-printed media to support the instructional program andemerging technology
  • LIBM 443 - LIBM 409 -Integration of multiple sources of information media into the learning process
  • LIBM 421 -Administration, supervision, evaluation, and management of human and media resources
  • LIBM 404 - LIBM 408 - LIBM 443 -Cataloging and management of information resources

K13 Library Media Endorsement requirements in pdf format.

Course Work:

  • ECE 411 Social Development of Young Children
  • ECE 413 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • ECE 417 Methods of Early Childhood Education
  • ECE 495 Practicum (Early Intervention)
  • SPED 410 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
  • SPED 431 Identification & Assessment in Special Education
  • SPED 460 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration
  • To receive the Endorsement for Early Childhood Special Education: Birth – Preschool Age 8, students must have completed EPSY 428 Child and Adolescent Development and SPED 100/300/405 Students with Exceptionalities.

    Most undergraduate teaching degrees require coursework focused on child and adolescent development (EPSY 428) and coursework related to teaching students with exceptionalities (SPED 100/300/405). A review of your undergraduate transcript(s) will determine if these two requirements have been met.

Alignment to the Certification Requirements:

ECE 411 & SPED 460 -Basic knowledge and understanding of growth and development of the child from birth through age eight with emphasis on the child in physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, and aesthetic areas to include:

  • Identifying typical and atypical behaviors;
  • Identifying individual learning needs, specifying goals relative to the needs, and implementing program objectives to facilitate those needs; and
  • Comprehending cultural diversity and its implications, to include supporting home language preservation and promoting antibias;

ECE 413& ECE 417 -Demonstrated competence in planning and implementing programs with developmentally appropriate curriculum to include:

  • Use of manipulative materials and play to enhance development and learning; and
  • Integrated learning experiences and activities using central concepts and tools of inquiry in all curriculum content areas with emphasis in language and literacy, mathematics, safety, nutrition, social sciences, science, music, drama, art, and movement;

SPED 100 -Etiology and characteristics of disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (20 U.S.C. 1400 etseq) June 4, 1997;

SPED 460 - SPED 410 - SPED 431 -Placement committee process including:

  • Interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and interagency teaming;
  • Roles and responsibilities of members;
  • Development of Individual Family Service Plan and Individual Educational Program;
  • Monitoring student progress toward annual or semi-annual goals
  • Organization, maintenance, and appropriate use of student record

ECE 413 - ECE 417 -Curriculum, instruction, and intervention to include:

  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating a variety of instructional approaches for young children with disabilities
  • Adapting, selecting, and using curricular materials
  • Adapting environment, equipment, and assistive technology devices
  • Developing and implementing positive behavioral interventions
  • Use of techniques for implementation in home, community, and center-based settings

SPED 431 -Screening, assessing, and evaluating young children with special needs, including:

  • Development, selection, administration, and interpretation of formal and informal instruments for academic, cognitive, communicative, social, emotional, behavioral, psychomotor, and self-help skills
  • Application of assessment information for determining eligibility for special education
  • Application of assessment information for developing Individual Family Service Plan and Individual Educational Program

SPED 431 - ECE 495 –Early Intervention Practicum (135 hours) Policies and services related to birth through preschool special education and basic knowledge of state laws, policies, and procedures, including transition procedures

Test Requirements:

PRAXIS Information: Test #5691 only offered four times a year. Passing score: 159

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator for Registration and Certification:
Micheline Nelson, Director of Field Experiences & Certification Officer
Micheline.Nelson@bhsu.edu

Birth through Age 8 (SD) or Birth through Age 5 (WY)

Early Childhood Special Education Edorsement in pdf sheet.

Birth through Age 8 (SD) or Birth through Age 5 (WY)

Early Childhood Endorsement requirements in pdf sheet.

Alignment to the Certification Requirements:

  • ECE 411 -Knowledge of the developmental characteristics of the birth through grade three learner
  • SPED 100 (300 – 405) & SPED 460 - and of the student with disabilities
  • EDFN 365 -Integrating technology into teaching and learning
  • ECE 413 -Knowledge of curriculum development to design an instructional program that facilitates student achievement and promotes lifelong learning
  • ECE 495 & ECE 417 -Integrated learning experiences and activities using central concepts and tools of inquiry in all curriculum content areas with emphasis in language and literacy, mathematics, safety, nutrition, social sciences, science, music, drama, art, and movement

Test Requirements:

PRAXIS Information: Test #5024 offered monthly. Passing score: 160 – The test requirements are reviewed annually. Check before signing up to find out if it has a new number and possible new passing score.

Depending on your teacher preparation, you might need to take an additional PRAXIS PLT starting July 1, 2019.

K-12 Adapted Physical Education Endorsement

SDAR 24:15:06:20

A K-12 adapted physical education endorsement requires

    1. a bachelor’s degree in physical education or its equivalent,
    2. a survey course in a special education,
    3. a course in adapted physical education, and
    4. at least 135 hours (3 credits) of supervised field experience in providing physical education instruction to individuals with disabilities.
    5. No state test is required or available to validate this endorsement.

Request a review of your transcript from the University Certification Officer to discuss a plan of study to complete this endorsement. Information is available under Contact Us.

This endorsement is approved in South Dakota and Wyoming.

Endorsements at the Graduate Level

The state of South Dakota Board of Education has enacted a “K-12 Mathematics Specialist” endorsement to strengthen the capacity and the infrastructure for improving K-12 mathematics. The endorsement fits an important need in both South Dakota and beyond state borders.

The Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU offers a course of study that leads to the K-12 Mathematics Specialist Endorsement, either as a stand-alone program or part of a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI) degree. Both options are available to all South Dakota K-12 teachers. There are two possibilities – you may:

  • Pursue the MSCI with an emphasis in K-12 mathematics education by completing the endorsement program and the additional core MSCI courses offered at BHSU.
  • Add the endorsement to an existing master’s degree or to a master’s degree you are currently working on.

Those who complete the K-12 Mathematics Specialist program at BHSU will meet the endorsement standards if they have three year’s teaching experience and advance certification (an existing master’s degree or National Board Certification) at the time of completion.

Graduates of the K-12 Mathematics Specialist program at BHSU will be well prepared to model exemplary instructional practices within their own classrooms and to support the professional growth of other educators.

Who is the audience for the program? The endorsement coursework is designed for K-12 educators who want to improve their mathematical instruction and deepen their content knowledge. Educators who have already attained a graduate degree or National Board Certification are one target audience. Educators who seek a master’s degree program with an emphasis in mathematics education are a second audience.

K-12 Mathematics Endorsement Program Objectives:

  1. Deepen mathematics content knowledge
  2. Deepen understanding of student thinking
  3. Strengthen capacity for exemplary instruction
  4. Examine research base and assessment issues
  5. Develop leadership skills in mathematics education

For more information, please contact CAMSE Director Dr. June Apaza at June.Apaza@bhsu.edu or at 605.642.6910.

Alignment to the Certification Requirements:

  • ECE 511 -Knowledge of the developmental characteristics of the birth through grade three learner
  • SPED 100 (300 – 405) & SPED 560 -and of the student with disabilities
  • ED 728 -Integrating technology into teaching and learning
  • ECE 513 -Knowledge of curriculum development to design an instructional program that facilitates student achievement and promotes lifelong learning
  • ECE 795 & ECE 517 -Integrated learning experiences and activities using central concepts and tools of inquiry in all curriculum content areas with emphasis in language and literacy, mathematics, safety, nutrition, social sciences, science, music, drama, art, and movement

K-12 Science Specialist

The state of South Dakota Board of Education has enacted a "K-12 Science Specialist" endorsement to strengthen the capacity and the infrastructure for improving K-12 science. We believe that this fills an important need both in South Dakota and beyond state borders.

The Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education at BHSU now offers a course of study that leads to the K-12 Science Specialist Endorsement, either as a stand-alone program or part of a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI). Both options are open to all South Dakota teachers of grades K-12. There are two possibilities - you may:

    • Pursue the MSCI with an emphasis in science education by completing the endorsement program plus additional MSCI courses at BHSU.
    • Attach the endorsement to an existing master's degree or to one you are currently working on.

Those who complete the Science Specialist program at BHSU will meet the standards for the endorsement if they have three years of experience teaching science and have advanced certification (either a master's degree or National Board Certification) at the time of completion.

Graduates of this Science Education endorsement program will be well prepared to model exemplary instruction within their own classrooms and to support the professional growth of other educators.

Who is the audience for the program? The endorsement coursework is designed for K-12 educators who want to improve their science instruction and deepen their content knowledge. Educators who have already attained a graduate degree or National Board Certification are one target audience. Educators who seek a master's degree program with an emphasis in science education are a second audience.

Program Objectives:

    1. Deepen science content knowledge
    2. Deepen understanding of student thinking
    3. Strengthen capacity for exemplary instruction
    4. Examine research base and assessment issues
    5. Build leadership skills

For more information on the Science Specialist Endorsement please contact Janet Briggs at Janet.Briggs@bhsu.edu or at 605-642-6875.