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



 Birth-Preschool Endorsement Requirements

ARSD 24:15:06:02.
A birth through preschool education endorsement requires coursework completion, a passing score on the designated state test, and completion of the following requirements:

  1. A child development associate credential for infant, toddlers, and preschoolers; or
  2. Completion of 18 semester hours of coursework to include:
    1. Child growth and development;
    2. Curriculum, methodology, and materials related to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers;
    3. Family systems;
    4. Introduction to children with disabilities; and
    5. One hundred thirty-five clock hours of experience, practicum, or student teaching with birth through preschool age children.

Verified teaching experience with birth through preschool age children within the five-year period immediately preceding application may be accepted in lieu of subdivision (e) 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.

PRAXIS Exam requirements: #0021 (paper)/#5021 (computer-based); PRAXIS Study Guide

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title
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 495/795 Practicum: Preschool 3
SPED 460/560 Family Systems & Professional Collaboration 3
EPSY 428 Child & Adolescent Growth & Development 3
SPED 300 Students with Exceptionalities 3


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