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South Dakota

South Dakota Test Requirements

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 at a testing center or using the Praxis at home solution, and your Praxis profile address is in South Dakota, your score report will be sent automatically to the South Dakota Department of Education.

If you test outside South Dakota or your Praxis profile address is not in South Dakota, your scores are NOT automatically sent to the South Dakota Department of Education. To have your scores sent to the South Dakota Department of Education, you must select the South Dakota Department of Education (8112) as a score recipient when you register.

For all methods of Praxis testing, to request additional score reports you must select the South Dakota Department of Education (state code 8112) with each 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.
 


To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

All Areas (Beginning teachers & teachers without prior teaching experience)

PPAT® Assessment
(must use the PPAT Assessment website to register.)

or

 

35

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood¹

or

5621

157

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6¹

or

5622

160

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9¹

or

5623

160

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12¹

or

5624

157

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching: PreK–12

5625

157

Tests required for specific licensure areas


To Be Certified In You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Regular Education4

Education of Young Children

or

5024

160

 

Early Childhood Education

5025

156

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Self Contained K–4th Grade5

Early Childhood Education

or

5025

156

 

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

  5 To 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 scientific calculator provided)

7811

6

 

Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest

7812

156

 

Mathematics CKT Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

7813

143

 

Science CKT Subtest

7814

144

 

Social Studies CKT Subtest

7815

161

 

6 To 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 (7812, 7813, 7814, 7815) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7811) 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

150

 

Mathematics Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5003

146

 

Social Studies Subtest

5004

147

 

Science Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5005

150

 

7 To 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 scientific calculator provided)

7811

8

 

Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest

7812

156

 

Mathematics CKT Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

7813

143

 

Science CKT Subtest

7814

144

 

Social Studies CKT Subtest

7815

161

 

8 To 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 (7812, 7813, 7814, 7815) at the same time, select Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching (7811) 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: Multiple Subjects Reading and Language Arts Subtest

or

5002

150

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest

7812

156

K–4th Grade Math Endorsement

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Mathematics Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

or

5003

146

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

7813

143

K–4th Grade Science Endorsement

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Science Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

or

5005

150

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Science CKT Subtest

7814

144

K–4th Grade Social Studies Endorsement

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Social Studies Subtest

or

5004

147

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Social Studies CKT Subtest

7815

161

5th–8th Grade Subject Specific Endorsements

5th–8th Grade English Language Arts Endorsement

Middle School English Language Arts

or

5047

164

 

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge²

or

5038

167

 

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading and Language Arts Subtest

or

5002

150

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Reading and Language Arts CKT Subtest

7812

156

 

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

or

5164 157
5th–8th Grade Math Endorsement

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

or

5169

165

 

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

or

5164

157

 

Accepted through August 31, 2022

Mathematics Content Knowledge3

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

or

5161 160
 

Mathematics

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

or

5165 159
 

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Mathematics Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

or

5003

146

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics CKT Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

7813

143

5th–8th Grade Science Endorsement

Middle School Science

or

5442

152

 

 

 

Accepted through August 31, 2023

General Science: Content Knowledge

or

5435

143

 

Accepted through September 1, 2022

General Science

or

5436

141

 

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Science Subtest

(On-screen scientific calculator provided)

5005

150

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Science CKT Subtest

7814

144

5th–8th Grade Social Studies Endorsement

Middle School Social Studies

or

5089

145

 

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

or

5081

146

 

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Social Studies Subtest

or

5004

147

 

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge for Teaching Social Studies CKT Subtest

7815

161

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

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying 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

5224

153

Mathematics

Secondary Intermediate Mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)

Middle School Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

5164 157

Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

5165

159

Secondary Advanced Mathematics4

Mathematics

(On-screen graphing calculator provided)

5165

159

Science

Secondary Intermediate Science (Biology, Physical Science, Earth Science)4

Accepted through August 31, 2023

General Science: Content Knowledge

or

5435

143

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

General Science

or

5436

141

Secondary Advanced Biology4

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Biology: Content Knowledge

or

5235

147

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

Biology

or

5236

154

Secondary Advanced Earth Science4

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge

or

5571

150

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

Earth and Space Sciences

or

5572

154

Secondary Advanced Physical Science4

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

or

5245

135

Physics: Content Knowledge

or

5265

130

Physical Science

5485

157

Secondary Chemistry4

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

or

5245

135

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

Chemistry

or

5246

146

Secondary Physics4

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Physics: Content Knowledge

or

5265

130

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

Physics

or

5266

145

Social Science

Secondary Intermediate Social Science (History, Political Science, Geography) 4

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

5081

146

Secondary Advanced Geography4

Geography

5921

149

Secondary Advanced History4

World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge

5941

146

Secondary Advanced Political Science4

Government/Political Science

5931

149

Secondary Economics4

Economics

5911

147

Secondary Psychology4

Psychology

5391

154

Secondary Sociology4

Sociology

5952

154

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

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Art

Elementary Art

Art: Content Knowledge

5134

151

Secondary Art

Art: Content Knowledge

5134

151

Computer Science

Elementary Computer Science

Computer Science

5652

142

Secondary Computer Science

Computer Science

5652

142

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

or

5113

150

Music: Instrumental and General Knowledge

5115

150

K–12 Vocal Music Education

Music: Content Knowledge

or

5113

150

Music: Vocal and General Knowledge

5116

153

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: K–12

or

5206

156

Reading Specialist

5302

165

Secondary Reading

Teaching Reading: K–12

or

5206

156

Reading Specialist

5302

165

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

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Library Media Specialist

or

5311

152

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

School Librarian

5312 154

Secondary School Librarian

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Library Media Specialist

or

5311

152

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

School Librarian

 

5312 154

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Principal

School Leaders Licensure Assessment

(must use SLS website to register)

6990

146

Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent

School Superintendent Assessment

(must use SLS website to register)

6991

162

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.
 

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Early Childhood Special Education Birth through Grade 3

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood

or

5691

159

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

Special Education: Early Childhood/Early Intervention

5692 159

Special Education K–12

Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

5354

145

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

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster

Agriculture

5701

147

Architecture and Construction Career Cluster

Technology Education

5051

154

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

5652

142

Marketing Career Cluster Endorsement

Marketing Education

5561

158

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Cluster4

Technology Education

5051

154


To Be Certified In You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
School Counselor

Accepted through August 31, 2023

Professional School Counselor

or

5421

164

 

Accepted beginning September 1, 2022

School Counselor

5422 159

To Be Certified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score

Braille

Braille Proficiency

0633

164

CEO

Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision

5412

146

Para-professional

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. 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.


South Dakota Department of Education