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: Music Teaching

K-12 Music Teaching Endorsement Requirements

ARSD 24:15:06:18.
A K-12 music education endorsement requires 18 semester hours in music, to include a music methodology course, music theory, history, score reading, conducting, and performance. The endorsement shall be vocal or instrumental based upon the concentration of coursework. Study in the developmental characteristics of K-12 learners and a practicum, internship, or student teaching inclusive of K-12 learners is required, if not previously completed. Verified teaching experience in K-12 music 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 vocal and instrumental endorsements may be added with either coursework or the passage of the designated state test.

PRAXIS Exam requirements & Study Guide: #0113

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
MUS 110/L Basic Music Theory I & Lab 4
MUS 111/L Basic Music Theory II & Lab 4
MUS 130 Music Literature 3
MUS 360 Conducting  
MUAP 100
MUAP 110
MUAP 120
MUAP 130
MUAP 140
MUAP 150
MUEN 100 (ONE of these)
Applied Music: Voice
Applied Music: Keyboard
Applied Music: Woodwinds
Applied Music: Brass
Applied Music: Percussion
Applied Music: Strings
Concert Choir
MUS 456
MUS 458 (ONE of these)
Instrumental Materials & Techniques
Choral Materials & Techniques
EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Growth & Development 3
ELED 495
SEED 495 (ONE of these)


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