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 SPED

FROM ARSD: 24:15:06:41. Grades K-8, grades 7-12, and grades K-12 special education endorsement.
The requirements for the special education endorsement are as follows:

  1. Teacher certification and three years of general classroom teaching experience, or special education certification and one year of special education teaching experience;
  2. The passage of the state special education teacher licensing examination; and a minimum of a three semester-hour special education practicum under the supervision of a certified special education teacher and university supervisor at each level of endorsement.

A K-8 special education endorsement requires a minimum of 26 semester credits with a minimum of 23 credits in special education. The credits in special education shall include a special education practicum of three semester hours. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the K-8 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children's performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

A 7-12 special education endorsement requires a minimum of 26 semester credits with a minimum of 23 in special education. The credits in special education shall include vocational transition and a special education practicum of three semester hours. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the 7-12 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children's performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

The credits in special education shall include vocational transition and a special education practicum of two semester hours at the elementary level and two semester hours at the secondary level. The candidate must demonstrate through coursework knowledge and skills at the K-12 endorsement level to meet the Council of Exceptional Children's performance-based standards covering: foundations, development and characteristics of learners, individual learning differences, instructional strategies, learning environments and social interactions, communication, instructional planning, assessment, professional and ethical practice, and collaboration.

Source: 32 SDR 196, effective May 28, 2006.
General Authority: SDCL 13-1-12.1, 13-42-3.
Law Implemented: SDCL 13-42-3, 13-42-4.

Reference: 2001 Council of Exceptional Children's performance-based standards. Copies may be obtained from the Council of Exceptional Children website at www.cec.sped.org/ps/perf_based_stds/standards.html#standards

A K-12 special education endorsement at both the undergraduate and graduate level, requires a minimum of 27 semester credits with a minimum of 24 in special education at BHSU.

Required Sped Courses at BHSU for Sped Endorsement
NOTE: 500 level courses are graduate courses
 

  • SPED 300/500      3 hrs.
  • SPED 410/510      3 hrs
  • SPED 413/513      3 hrs.
  • SPED 420/520      3 hrs
  • SPED 431/531      3 hrs.
  • SPED 432/532      3 hrs.
  • SPED 460/560      3 hrs.
  • SPED 495/695      4 hrs.

 Total     25 hrs.

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