South Dakota

South Dakota Test Requirements

Find your licensure area below to determine which test you need to take and see the minimum qualifying score. To learn more about a specific test, click the test title. Once you know your test(s), find out how to register for Praxis™ tests and read the Praxis test retake policy.

Most tests are offered in both Session 1 and Session 2. Refer to the fees page for tests that are restricted to a particular session.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in South Dakota, your score report will be sent automatically to the South Dakota Department of Education. If you test outside of South Dakota, select the South Dakota Department of Education (state code 8112) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Notes:

  • In general, test codes that begin with "5" are delivered in computer format; codes that begin with "0" are delivered on paper.
  • "CDT" refers to computer-delivered tests. "PDT" refers to paper-delivered tests.

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Beginning teachers and teachers without prior teaching experience must pass one of the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) tests along with the appropriate content-specific test.

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
All Areas (Beginning teachers & teachers without prior teaching experience) Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood1 5621 0621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–61 5622 0622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–91 5623 0623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–121 5624 0624 157

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Birth–Preschool Education Endorsement Education of Young Children 5021 0021 166
Early Childhood Regular Education5 Education of Young Children 5021 0021 166

Elementary Education

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education K–85 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 140
or
Middle School: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5146 0146 141
Elementary Education K–8 with 5–8 Middle Level Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5014 0014 140
or
Middle School: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5146 0146 141

Middle School Education

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Middle Level-Language Arts 5–82 Middle School English Language Arts 5047 n/a 164
Middle Level-Mathematics 5–83 Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 n/a 165
Middle Level-Science 5–8 Middle School Science n/a 0439 138
Middle Level-Social Studies 5–8 Middle School Social Studies 5089 0089 145

Secondary Education (Grades 7–12) Endorsements

Note: Endorsements cannot be awarded without a valid South Dakota Teaching Certificate

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Language Arts: Drama/Theater Endorsement 7–12 Theatre n/a 0641 148
Language Arts: English Education Endorsement (Composition/ Grammar) 7–12 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 n/a 167
Language Arts: English Education Endorsement (Literature) 7–12 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 n/a 167
Language Arts: Mass Communications Endorsement 7–12 Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 0221 143
or
Journalism n/a 0223 150
Language Arts: Speech/Debate Endorsement 7–12 Speech Communication: Content Knowledge or coursework 5221 0221 143

Secondary Education (Grades 7–12)

Note: Endorsements cannot be awarded without a valid South Dakota Teaching Certificate

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Language Arts: Composite 7–125 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 n/a 167
and
Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 0221 143
Language Arts: Drama/Theater 7–125 Theatre n/a 0641 148
Language Arts: English Education (Composition/ Literature/Speech) 7–125 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 n/a 167
Language Arts: Speech/Debate 7–12 coursework
Mathematics Education 7–125 or Endorsement Mathematics: Content Knowledge3 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 n/a 160
Science Education 7–12 Biology5 or Endorsement Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 0235 147
Science Education 7–12 Chemistry5 or Endorsement Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 0245 135
Science Education 7–12 Earth Science5 or Endorsement Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 0571 150
Science Education 7–12 Physical Science5 or Endorsement Physical Science: Content Knowledge n/a 0481 143
Science Education 7–12 Physics5 or Endorsement Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 0265 130
Social Science Education: Economics 7–125 or Endorsement Economics n/a 0911 147
Social Science Education: Geography 7–125 or Endorsement Geography n/a 0921 138
Social Science Education: Government and Political Science 7–125 or Endorsement Government/Political Science n/a 0931 149
Social Science Education: History 7–125 or Endorsement World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 0941 135
Social Science Education: Psychology 7–125 or Endorsement Psychology 53916 0391 154
Social Science Education: Sociology 7–125 or Endorsement Sociology n/a 0950 540

6 Available beginning July 2014.

All Grades

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Art Education K–125 or Endorsement Art: Content Knowledge 5134 0134 151
Health K–125or Endorsement Health Education 5551 n/a 145
Music Education K–12 (Composite, Vocal or Instrumental)5or Endorsement Music: Content Knowledge 5113 n/a 150
Physical Education K–125 or Endorsement Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 0091 140
Reading Endorsment K–12 Teaching Reading 5204 0204 154

World Languages

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
French K–125 or Endorsement French: World Language 5174 n/a 152
German K–125 or Endorsement German: World Language 5183 n/a 154
Spanish K–125 or Endorsement Spanish: World Language 5195 n/a 160

Administrator/School Leader

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Principal Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 0411 145
Superintendent Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 0411 145

Special Education

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Birth–PK Special Education Endorsement5 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691* 0691 159
Early Childhood Special Education5 Special Education: Early Childhood 5691* 0691 159
Special Education K–125 or Endorsement Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
Special Education K–85 or Endorsement Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145
Special Education 7–125 or Endorsement Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 0354 145

* Available beginning July 2014.

Career and Technical Education

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To Be Certified in You Need to Take CDT Code PDT Code Qualifying Score
Agriculture Education 7–125 or Endorsement5 Agriculture n/a 0700 480
Business Education 7–125 or Endorsement Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 0101 148
Family and Consumer Sciences 7–125 or Endorsement5 Family and Consumer Sciences 5121 0121 150
Technology Education 7–125 or Endorsement Technology Education or coursework 5051* 0051 154

* Available beginning July 2014.

n/a — Not available in this delivery method.

1 Only one PLT test is required, even if preparation is at multiple levels. Note: Teachers new to the profession and teachers without prior teaching experience must take the PLT test that most closely matches their preparation or submit a letter of verified teaching experience in an accredited K–12 school on a valid teacher certificate.

2 The 5038 test will also allow secondary level teachers to teach Language Arts at the middle school level without taking the 5047 Middle School Language Arts test.

3 The 5161 test will also allow secondary teachers to teach math at the middle school level without taking the 5169 Middle School Math test.

4 This test is not required for certification. It will be used as an option for non-certified administrators as an endorsement until they complete a full preparation program as either a principal or superintendent. Passing this test allows continuance in the current capacity as a building manager or CEO for an additional three years. The individual must have submitted a professional development plan outlining their intent to complete their administrative program.

5 Both coursework and the designated test(s) must be completed to add this authorization to a certificate.

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