To graduate from BHSU and be licensed to teach in South Dakota, students must pass Praxis Content Knowledge Exams and the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). The Praxis Content Knowledge Exams measure the student's knowledge of content (what disciplines he/she will teach) and must be successfully passed before a student is allowed to student teach. The PPAT assesses the student’s knowledge of methods (how to teach). It is taken during the student teaching semester.
Students must pass any content area exam for which they want to be licensed in South Dakota as per the guidelines for certification. Study guides are available on the ETS PRAXIS website. Over 90% of our students pass the exams on the first try because they study, take it seriously, and take advantage of study guides.
Assistance will be provided to candidates regarding the out-of-state requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the Black Hills State University program. Please contact the Director of Field Experiences and University Certification Officer, Mrs. Jami Kesling [E: TeacherEducationCertification@bhsu.edu P: 605-642-6077].
Educators who have never held a South Dakota teaching certificate must complete the online initial application. Initial certification requires verification from an accredited university that the candidate has completed an approved education program.
Have you ever held a North Dakota teaching certificate or license?
No, but I have a certificate or license from another state.
North Dakota has limited reciprocity with other states. All out-of-state applicants submit transcripts for review by the same criteria as ND applicants. You will need to apply and provide official copies of transcripts from all the institutions of higher education you have attended. There is a $30 fee to receive the application packet and a $175 non-refundable fee for the transcript review process. Those meeting the full North Dakota requirements will be issued a 2-year initial license which has a fee of $70. See information on Initial Licensure. Those who meet the minimum reciprocity requirements and submit a satisfactory plan for completing the remaining ND requirements will be issued a 2-year interim reciprocal license which has a fee of $70. See information on Interim Reciprocal Licensure.
Wyoming - Professional Teaching Standards Board
You will need an Institution Recommendation
Wyoming certifies elementary teachers K-6; K-12 SPED are SPED Generalist
PRAXIS tests approved in SD qualify for Wyoming
License effective date (validity dates): For applicants who may be concerned about the “effective” date of their license or permit, please be assured that the effective date of your license will be the date your complete application was received by our office. Example: If your complete application was received 02/08/2012, but it takes five weeks for the license to be issued, the effective date of your license will be 02/08/2012, not the day it is issued. This is another reason that it is crucial for you to ensure you have carefully read the application instructions and have submitted a complete application packet that includes all required documentation.
Minnesota Department of Education
Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE)
NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE TEACHER CANDIDATES: Each state is responsible for its own certification/licensure requirements, which may change without notice to NASDTEC or to BHSU's certification office. You must contact the office of certification in any state to which you may be relocating to get the most accurate information on certification requirements. NASDTEC has a map link that will help you determine the educator certification requirements for each state. One important note is that reciprocity is always easier if you complete the certification requirements and obtain your teaching credential in the state where you completed your program requirements.
NOTE: All information is provided by the jurisdiction. BHSU and NASDTEC do not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided. Questions should be submitted to the jurisdiction. Here is a link to the MAP that provides information for each jurisdiction.
Meets Program Curriculum Educational Requirements for State Licensure or Certification
Has Not Been Determined if Program Curriculum Meets Educational Requirements for State Licensure or Certification
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|Kentucky*||U.S. Virgin Islands|
*States will possibly need extra coursework or exams, not necessarily right away for an initial license.
Check the state agency (linked) website for additional information.
For more information, speak to your university certification officer. BHSU Phone: 605-642-6077
State requirements are subject to change without notice to the university.
Black Hills State University offers a variety of options for teachers looking for recertification credits or adding additional endorsements to current teaching certificates. Coursework is designed for individuals who have completed a teaching content area from accredited colleges or universities.
Black Hills State University follows certification rules established by the South Dakota Department of Education. For more information about certification renewal requirements and adding an endorsement, see the South Dakota Department of Education Certification: Information for Teachers website.
Frequently requested endorsements include, but are not limited to:
This application is to be completed by teachers seeking to take classes at BHSU for recertification purposes or for adding an endorsement to a current teaching certificate. This is classified as a non-degree-seeking application. Classes can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level. There is no fee for non-degree-seeking applications. Candidates seeking an additional degree, please visit https://www.bhsu.edu/Academics/Education.
College transcripts and Teaching Certificates are required. Please email copies of transcripts and teaching certificates to TeacherEducationCertification@bhsu.edu.