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: Science Specialist

K-12 Science Specialist Endorsement Requirements

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A K-12 science specialist shall require the following:

  1. Advanced certification;
  2. Three years of experience teaching science in a K-12 setting;
  3. A demonstrated understanding of:
    1. K-12 scientific concepts and pedagogical content knowledge at the depth required for effective teaching;
    2. The nature of scientific inquiry and the process of learning science through inquiry;
    3. The historical development of scientific ideas;
    4. Connections of concepts across grade levels and connections to other disciplines;
    5. Current issues in science education reform (e.g. measurement of student achievement, legislation, state and national
      standards); and
  4. The study of and actual or simulated experience in the following areas:
    1. Use of findings from science education research to facilitate learning among all students;
    2. Evaluation of student understanding through written assessments, observation, and student questioning;
    3. Use of manipulatives and technology across all strands of scientific content areas to build student understanding;
    4. Use of multiple pedagogical approaches and awareness of potential benefits, challenges, and research base of each;
    5. Instructional leadership to support the professional growth of other teachers and to provide guidance for parents,
      administrators, and the broader community.

PRAXIS Exam requirements & Study Guide: None
Successful Completion of MSCI Program in Science Education

Course Prefix/# BHSU Program Course Title Credits
ED 630 Educational Inquiry & Collaboration 3
ED 744 Curriculum Development & Instruction 3
ED 748 Cultural Diversity in Schools 3
ED 750 Action Research in Schools 3
ED 790 Seminar 1-6
ED 609 Contemporary Issues in Science Education 2
ED 619 Earth & Space Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers 2
ED 629 Life Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers 2
ED 639 Physical Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers 2
ED 659 Translating Theory Into Practice: Life Science 2
ED 669 Theory Into Practice: Physical & Earth Science 2
ED 679 Assessment of Science Teaching & Learning 2
ED 695 Practicum 1-3
ED 703 Applying Learning Theory to Instructional Design 3
ED 749 History, Nature, & Context of Science 2
ED 754 Leadership in Schools 1-3


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