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So you want to earn your South Dakota Teacher Certification? Let's take a look at the step by step instructions:

South Dakota Initial Educator Certification

  1. Earn your Bachelors Degree or higher from an accredited university. If you already have a bachelors degree, then be sure to earn your Master’s Degree right away
  2. Teacher preparations. This will include teacher prep courses, student teaching, and other types of internships. In order to receive an South Dakota Teacher Certification, you must have some experience in teaching, even if it’s unpaid
  3. You will need to pass the Praxis examination given by the South Dakota County Offices of Education.
  4. Pass the Human Relations & South Dakota Indian Studies Course
  5. Submit the following:
    • Completed Application
    • Fill out the Conduct Review Statement and Citizen Statement
    • Copies of all your test scores
    • $30 fee for 5 year certification payable to South Dakota Dept. of Education
    • Official Transcripts, degrees, credits, and Institutional Statement
    • Mail to:
      South Dakota Department of Education
      Office of Accreditation and Teacher Quality
      700 Governors Drive
      Pierre, South Dakota 57501
      For more information, call (605) 773-3134
  6. Do you want to renew your teaching credentials in South Dakota?

South Dakota Alternative Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another way you can take to get your South Dakota Teacher Certification that will allow you to teach without completing the teacher education program.

  1. Obviously you must still earn your Bachelors Degree from an accredited university. Ideally, you should always continue your education in efforts to earn a Master’s Degree.
  2. Minimum 2.5 GPA
  3. Major in the degree you plan on teaching in
  4. Employment from South Dakota School District
  5. Pass the Background check
  6. Pass the screening process with Department Coordinator
  7. You will need to pass the Praxis examination given by the South Dakota County Offices of Education.
  8. Written Recommendation from mentor
  9. Apply Online and call (605) 773-3134

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
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Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Ranked 21st among the Best Education Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Established in 1918 with the mission, “to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally, and globally.”
  • The first major research university to offer an online M.A.  in teaching program.
  • Offers certificate through doctoral programs in teaching, counseling, and more.
  • All programs taught with the guiding principles of leadership, learning, accountability, and diversity.
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M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • Get your master’s degree in just 14 months!
  • Earn your Ed.D. fully online in less than four years
  • Achieve an advanced degree on your schedule, from the comfort of your home
  • Use research-based best practices to have a more powerful impact on education
  • Further your education through affordable financial aid and competitive tuition
  • Scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid may also be available to help students with their tuition.
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E-Learning - EdS
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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