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 Science Specialist

Requirements for the K-12 Science 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 science in a K-12 setting.
Note: this program provides preparation as a leader in the area of K-12 science but does not change the level at which someone is certified to teach.
18 semester hours of coursework

ED 609 – Contemporary Issues in Science Education 
ED 619 – Earth and Space Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers
ED 629 – Life Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers
ED 639 – Physical Science Concepts for K-12 Teachers
ED 659 – Translating Theory Into Practice: Life Science
ED 669 – Translating Theory Into Practice: Physical Science
ED 679 – Assessment of Science Teaching and Learning
ED 749 – History, Nature and Context of Science
ED 759 – Advanced Issues: Leadership in K-12 Science

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