Graduate Endorsements

The School of Education offers courses leading to endorsements in Early Childhood/Special Education, Middle School, Pre-Kindergarten, Special Education, Math Specialist, and Science Specialist. Check with graduate studies coordinators for specific course requirements. Endorsements are not recorded on the students’ transcript. Students must apply to the South Dakota Department of Education in Pierre to add a certificate endorsement(s) to their teaching certificate.


K-12 Math Specialist

Requirements for the K-12 Math Specialist graduate endorsement are as follows:

A valid South Dakota elementary or secondary teaching certificate
Advanced certification (possess a master’s degree and/or National Board Professional Teaching Standards [NBPTS] certification).
Three years of experience teaching mathematics in a K-12 setting.
Note: this program provides preparation as a leader in the area of K-12 mathematics but does not change the level at which someone is certified to teach.

18 semester hours of coursework

ED 671 – Assessment for School Mathematics
ED 601 – Foundations and Issues in Mathematics Education
ED 741 – Historical Development of Mathematical Concepts
ED 751 – Leadership in School Mathematics
ED 611 – Algebraic Reasoning: Mathematics Content for K-12 Educators
ED 621 – Geometry and Measurement: Mathematics Content for K-12 Educators
ED 641 – Understanding Student Thinking in Numbers and Operations
ED 651 – Understanding Student Thinking in Algebra
ED 661 – Understanding Student Thinking in Geometry and Measurement

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