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Welcome to the Teacher Online Endorsement Website

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


BHSU School of Education - Endorsements

Endorsements at the Undergraduate Level

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.

Adaptive PE Endorsement

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Early Childhood Endorsement

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

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.

Endorsements at the Graduate Level