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


Secondary (7-12): Language Arts Speech Communications Teaching

7-12 Language Arts Speech Communications Teaching Endorsement Requirements

ARSD 24:15:06:06.
Specific content areas include:

  • (5) Language arts – speech/debate. 18 semester hours with at least six in upper division coursework, to include a language arts methodology course, speech/debate: theories of communication, function of the individual, language acquisition, and context variables, such as setting, purpose, audience, and subject. The endorsement may be added with either coursework or the passage of the designated state test.

PRAXIS Exam requirements & Study Guide: #0221

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
PHIL 220 Introduction to Ethics 3
SPCM 201 Interpersonal Communications 3
SPCM 215 Public Speaking 3
SPCM 222 Argumentation & Debate 3
SPCM 405 Theories of Communication 3
SEED 424 7-12 Language Arts Methods 3


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