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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® pedagogy test in their certification area.
  • pass the Praxis content test or complete other requirements for the endorsement.

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.) 35
or
Available in the Fall of 2018. Practices for Teaching Content: Elementary Education (must use the ETS® NOTE website to register) 7001 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood1 5621 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–61 5622 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–91 5623 *
or
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–121 5624 *

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 *

Elementary Education

praxis testing for South Dakota
To Be Certified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying Score
Self Contained K–4th Grade5 Early Childhood Education 5025 *
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 5
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
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.
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 7801 6
Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest 7802 *
Mathematics CKT Subtest (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 7803 *
Science CKT Subtest 7804 *
Social Studies Subtest 7805 *
6To pass the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (7802, 7803, 7804, 7805) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7801) 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: Multiple Subjects (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5001 7
Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
7To 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
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 7801 8
Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest 7802 *
Mathematics CKT Subtest (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 7803 *
Science CKT Subtest 7804 *
Social Studies Subtest 7805 *
8To pass the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching test you must receive a passing score on each subtest. If you wish to take all four subtests (7802, 7803, 7804, 7805) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7801) 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 *
K–4th Grade Subject Specific Endorsements
K–4th Grade English Language Arts Endorsement Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest 7802 *
K–4th Grade Math Endorsement Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 7803 *
K–4th Grade Science Endorsement Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Science CKT Subtest 7804 *
K–4th Grade Social Studies Endorsement Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Social Studies Subtest 7805 *
5th–8th Grade Subject Specific Endorsements
5th–8th Grade English Language Arts Endorsement Middle School English Language Arts 5047 *
or
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 *
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5002 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest 7802 *
5th–8th Grade Math Endorsement Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
or
Mathematics: Content Knowledge3 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Mathematics Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5003 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest (On-screen four-function calculator provided.) 7803 *
5th–8th Grade Science Endorsement Middle School Science 5440 *
or
General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Science Subtest (On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5005 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Science CKT Subtest 7804 *
5th–8th Grade Social Studies Endorsement Middle School Social Studies 5089 *
or
Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
or
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Social Studies Subtest 5004 *
or
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Social Studies Subtest 7805 *

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 *
Secondary Advanced Literature English Language Arts: Content Knowledge2 5038 *
Secondary Drama/Theater4 Theatre 5641 *
Secondary Speech/Debate Speech Communication: Content Knowledge 5221 *
Secondary Mass Communication4

Journalism

The current Journalism test has been discontinued and options are being explored to replace it. Please contact your state for information.

5223 *
Mathematics
Secondary Intermediate Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II) Middle School Mathematics (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5169 *
or
Mathematics: Content Knowledge3 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Secondary Advanced Mathematics4 Mathematics: Content Knowledge3 (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 *
Science
Secondary Intermediate Science (Biology, Physical Science, Earth Science)4 General Science: Content Knowledge 5435 *
Secondary Advanced Biology4 Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 *
Secondary Advanced Earth Science4 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 *
Secondary Advanced Physical Science4 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
or
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Secondary Chemistry4 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 *
Secondary Physics4 Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 *
Social Science
Secondary Intermediate Social Science (History, Political Science, Geography)4 Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081 *
Secondary Advanced Geography4 Geography 5921 *
Secondary Advanced History4 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 *
Secondary Advanced Political Science4 Government/Political Science 5931 *
Secondary Economics4 Economics 5911 *
Secondary Psychology4 Psychology 5391 *
Secondary Sociology4 Sociology 5952 *

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 *
Secondary Art Art: Content Knowledge 5134 *
Computer Science
Elementary Computer Science Computer Science 5652 *
Secondary Computer Science Computer Science 5652 *
Music
Elementary Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Secondary Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
K–12 Instrumental Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
K–12 Vocal Music Education Music: Content Knowledge 5113 *
Physical Education and Health
Elementary Health Education Health Education 5551 *
Secondary Health Education Health Education 5551 *
Elementary Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Secondary Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091 *
Reading
Elementary Reading Teaching Reading 5204 *
or
Reading Specialist 5301 *
Secondary Reading Teaching Reading 5204 *
or
Reading Specialist 5301 *
World Languages
Elementary Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
Secondary Chinese Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 *
Elementary French French: World Language 5174 *
Secondary French French: World Language 5174 *
Elementary German German: World Language 5183 *
Secondary German German: World Language 5183 *
Elementary Latin Latin 5601 *
Secondary Latin Latin 5601 *
Elementary Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Secondary Spanish Spanish: World Language 5195 *
Other
Elementary English as a New Language English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Secondary English as a New Language English to Speakers of Other Languages 5362 *
Elementary Gifted Education Gifted Education 5358 *
Secondary Gifted Education Gifted Education 5358 *
Elementary School Librarian Library Media Specialist 5311 *
Secondary School Librarian Library Media Specialist 5311 *

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 *
or
School Leaders Licensure Assessment (must use SLS website to register) 6990 *
Superintendent School Superintendent Assessment (must use SLS website to register) 6021 *

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 *
Special Education K–12 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354 *

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
Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster Agriculture 5701 *
Architecture and Construction Career Cluster Technology Education 5051 *
Business Management and Administration Career Cluster Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Business Marketing and Management Career Pathway Marketing Education 5561 *
Construction Career Pathway Technology Education 5051 *
Design and Pre-Construction Career Pathway Technology Education 5051 *
Education and Training Career Cluster Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Family and Consumer Science Career Cluster Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Finance Career Cluster Business Education: Content Knowledge (Calculator allowed.) 5101 *
Human Services Career Cluster Family and Consumer Sciences 5122 *
Information Technology Career Cluster Computer Science 5652 *
Marketing Career Cluster Endorsement Marketing Education 5561 *
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Cluster4 Technology Education 5051 *

Education Specialists

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

Educator Permits

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

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 and the ParaPro Assessment Information Bulletin.

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