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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: Spanish Teaching

 K-12 Spanish Teaching Endorsement Requirements

ARSD 24:15:06:24. 
A K-12 world language education endorsement requires 18 semester hours in the specific language, to include a world language methodology course. Study in the developmental characteristics of K-12 learners and a practicum, internship, or student teaching inclusive of K-12 learners is required in addition to the 18 hours, if not previously completed. Verified teaching experience in K-12 world language within the five-year period immediately preceding 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. The endorsement may also be added by the passage of the designated state test without the verification of coursework in the languages of French, German, and Spanish.

PRAXIS Exam requirements & Study Guide: #5195 (computer-only) 

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPAN 211 Intermediate Oral Practice I 3
SPAN 301 Spanish Conversation & Composition I 3
SPAN 302 Spanish Conversation & Composition II 3
SPAN 304 Structure of Spanish 3
MFL 420 K-12 Foreign Language Methods 3
EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Growth & Development 3
ELED 495
SEED 495 (ONE of these)


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