South Dakota Test Requirements

South Dakota

How to Qualify for Certification

For initial certification in South Dakota, all candidates must:

  • earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • complete an approved educator preparation program.
  • pass the Praxis® tests for their certification area. The department may issue a one-year certificate allowing an applicant to complete the required Praxis test.

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.

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.

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.

 praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
All Areas (Beginning teachers & teachers without prior teaching experience) PPAT® Assessment (must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood1 5621 157
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–61 5622 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–91 5623 160
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–121 5624 157

Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas

Early Childhood Education

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Regular Education4 Education of Young Children 5024 160

Elementary Education

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Self Contained K–4th Grade5 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Early Childhood Education 5025 156
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 5
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 150
Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 146
Social Studies Subtest 5004 147
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 150
5To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.
Self Contained 5th–8th Grade Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 6
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 150
Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 146
Social Studies Subtest 5004 147
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 150
6To pass the Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (5002, 5003, 5004, 5005) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) when registering. If you wish to take or retake an individual subtest, you may register to take just that subtest.
or
Middle School: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5146 141
K–4th Grade Subject Specific Endorsements
K–4th Grade English Language Arts Endorsement Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 150
K–4th Grade Math Endorsement Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 146
K–4th Grade Science Endorsement Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 150
K–4th Grade Social Studies Endorsement Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Social Studies Subtest 5004 147
5th–8th Grade Subject Specific Endorsements
5th–8th Grade English Language Arts Endorsement Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
or
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 167
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 150
5th–8th Grade Math Endorsement Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 165
or
Mathematics: Content Knowledge3 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 146
5th–8th Grade Science Endorsement Middle School Science 5440 150
or
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 143
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 150
5th–8th Grade Social Studies Endorsement Middle School Social Studies 5089 145
or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 146
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 157
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Social Studies Subtest 5004 147

Secondary Education

Note: Endorsements cannot be awarded without a valid South Dakota Teaching Certificate. Some Endorsements may be added through coursework or a major.

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
English Language Arts
Secondary Intermediate English Language Arts (Literature, Composition/Grammar) English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 167
Secondary Advanced Literature English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 167
Secondary Drama/Theater4 Theatre 5641 148
Secondary Speech/Debate Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 143
Secondary Mass Communication4 Journalism 5223 150
Mathematics
Secondary Intermediate Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 165
or
Mathematics: Content Knowledge3 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Secondary Advanced Mathematics4 Mathematics: Content Knowledge3 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Science
Secondary Intermediate Science (Biology, Physical Science, Earth Science)4 General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 143
Secondary Advanced Biology4 Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 147
Secondary Advanced Earth Science4 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 150
Secondary Advanced Physical Science4 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 135
or
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 130
Secondary Chemistry4 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 135
Secondary Physics4 Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 130
Social Science
Secondary Intermediate Social Science (History, Political Science, Geography)4 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 146
Secondary Advanced Geography4 Geography 5921 138
Secondary Advanced History4 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 135
Secondary Advanced Political Science4 Government/Political Science 5931 149
Secondary Economics4 Economics 5911 147
Secondary Psychology4 Psychology 5391 154
Secondary Sociology4 Sociology 5952 154

All Grades

Note: Endorsements cannot be awarded without a valid South Dakota Teaching Certificate. Some Endorsements may be added through coursework or a major.

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Art
Elementary Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 151
Secondary Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 151
Computer Science
Elementary Computer Science Computer Science 5651 159
Secondary Computer Science Computer Science 5651 159
Music
Elementary Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 150
Secondary Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 150
K–12 Instrumental Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 150
K–12 Vocal Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 150
Physical Education and Health
Elementary Health Education Health Education 5551 145
Secondary Health Education Health Education 5551 145
Elementary Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 140
Secondary Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 140
Reading
Elementary Reading Teaching Reading 5204 154
or
Reading Specialist 5301 164
Secondary Reading Teaching Reading 5204 154
or
Reading Specialist 5301 164
World Languages
Elementary Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 164
Secondary Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 164
Elementary French French: World Language 5174 152
Secondary French French: World Language 5174 152
Elementary German German: World Language 5183 154
Secondary German German: World Language 5183 154
Elementary Latin Latin 5601 152
Secondary Latin Latin 5601 152
Elementary Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 160
Secondary Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 160
Other
Elementary English as a New Language English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 155
Secondary English as a New Language English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 155
Elementary Gifted Education Gifted Education 5358 151
Secondary Gifted Education Gifted Education 5358 151
Elementary School Librarian Library Media Specialist 5311 152
Secondary School Librarian Library Media Specialist 5311 152

Administrator Alternative Certification

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Principal School Leaders Licensure Assessment (must use SLS website to register) 6011 163
Superintendent School Superintendent Assessment (must use SLS website to register) 6021 160

Special Education

Note: Endorsements cannot be awarded without a valid South Dakota Teaching Certificate. Some Endorsements may be added through coursework or a major.

Special education teachers who teach a specific core content area are required to meet the subject testing requirements for that core content area. Please refer to the appropriate section(s) on this page for requirements.

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Early Childhood Special Education Birth through Grade 3 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 5691 159
Special Education K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 145

Career and Technical Education

Note: Endorsements cannot be awarded without a valid South Dakota Teaching Certificate. Some Endorsements may be added through coursework or a major.

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Architecture and Construction Career Cluster Technology Education 5051 154
Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster Agriculture 5701 147
Business Management and Administration Career Cluster Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 148
Business Marketing and Management Career Pathway Marketing Education 5561 158
Construction Career Pathway Technology Education 5051 154
Design and Pre-Construction Career Pathway Technology Education 5051 154
Education and Training Career Cluster Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 153
Family and Consumer Science Career Cluster Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 153
Finance Career Cluster Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 148
Human Services Career Cluster Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 153
Information Technology Career Cluster Computer Science 5651 159
Marketing Career Cluster Endorsement Marketing Education 5561 158
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Cluster4 Technology Education 5051 154

Education Specialists

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
School Counselor Professional School Counselor 5421 164

Educator Permits

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Braille Braille Proficiency 0633 164
CEO Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision 5411 145
Paraprofessional ParaPro Assessment (must use the ParaPro Assessment website to register) 1755 461

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

This page is a supplement to The Praxis® Information Bulletin.

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