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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