BHSU School of Education - Endorsements

Please note:  All of the BHSU endorsements are currently undergoing revisions at this time.  Some of the information listed on the following pages may not be accurate.

Endorsements are added to teaching licenses by a state department of education. In many (but not all) cases, BHSU minor programs cover all courses necessary for a teaching endorsement. Endorsements may also require a passing score on a Praxis Content Knowledge Exam. It is important for candidates to understand that endorsements granted by the state of South Dakota are guaranteed in South Dakota only. Minors are more likely than endorsements to be accepted by other states.  Students must apply to the South Dakota Department of Education in Pierre to add a certificate endorsement after completing the required coursework  Candidates are encouraged to contact other states' departments of education to find out the requirements for teacher certification in those states. Questions may be directed to the Director of Field Experiences

The School of Education offers the following endorsements which are available online:

Birth Through Preschool Special Education Endorsement
Birth Through Preschool Endorsement
Kindergarten Endorsement
Special Education Endorsement

Coursework for the following endorsements is also offered


K-12: Special Education

K-12 Special Education Endorsement Requirements

ARSD 24:15:06:41.

  1. Teacher certification and one year of general classroom teaching, or special education paraprofessional experience, or special education certification and one year of special education teaching experience
  2. The passage of the state special education teacher licensing examination; and
  3. A minimum of a three semester-hour special education practicum under the supervision of a certified special education teacher and university supervisor at each level of endorsement.

A K-12 special education endorsement requires a minimum of 27 semester credits with a minimum of 24 in special education. The credits in special education shall include vocational transition and a special education practicum of two semester hours at the elementary level and two semester hours at the secondary level. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the K-12 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children's performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

PRAXIS Exam requirements: #0354 (paper)/#5354 (computer-based); PRAXIS Study Guide

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
SPED 410/510 Behavior Management of Exceptional Children 3
SPED 413/513 Serving Students with MR, DD, & Severe Disabilities 3
SPED 420/520 Curriculum & Instructional Strategies K-12 3
SPED 431/531 Identification & Assessment in Special Education 3
SPED 432/532 Methods & Materials for LD K-12 3
SPED 460/560 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration 3
SPED 495/595 K-6 SPED Practicum 2
SPED 495/595 7-12 SPED Practicum 2
EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Growth & Development 3
SPED 300
SPED 405 (ONE of these)
Students with Exceptionalities
Educating Secondary Students w/Disabilities

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