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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

Endorsements

Kindergarten

Kindergarten Endorsement Requirements

ARSD 24:15:06:03.
A kindergarten education endorsement requires completion of nine semester hours in early childhood education, including a course in kindergarten education, and a practicum, internship, or student teaching in kindergarten. Verified teaching experience in kindergarten within the five-year period immediately preceding the 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. No state test is required or available to validate this endorsement.

PRAXIS Exam requirements: None

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
ECE 411/511 Guidance for Young Children 3
ECE 413/513 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
ECE 417/517 Methods of Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 495/595 Practicum: Kindergarten 1

 

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