South Dakota Teacher Certification Renewal Requirements

When the time comes to renew a teaching certification there are several requirements that must be fulfilled. This article provides information on the renewal requirements for a teaching certification in South Dakota. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Renewing a Teaching Certification in South Dakota

An educator must renew their teaching certification every five years. This process is done to ensure that the educator continues to receive professional development and training in order to provide the best learning experience for students. There are three requirements that the educator must fulfill before beginning the process of renewing a teaching certification. If the educator has experienced a hardship or been ordered to active duty, there are options to extended a teaching certification.

Education/Experience Required' Bachelor's Degree
Exam Requirements Praxis Principals of Learning and Teaching Exam and the Praxis Subject Assessment
Certification Renewal Period 5 Years
CEC Required 6
Average Salary $43,140 Elementary, $43,680 Middle School, $42,960 High School (Oklahoma stats as of May 2018) *
Estimated Job Growth 7% Elementary 8% Middle and High School (National)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Requirements

South Dakota requires that all certification renewal candidates complete a suicide awareness and prevention training that is given by an approved provider of the South Dakota Board of Education (SDBOE). The candidate must also be committed to following the South Dakota Code of Professional Ethics for Teachers as outlined in the South Dakota Administrative Rules Manual. The last requirement has four options to choose from. A candidate has the option to complete 6 continuing education credits (CEC), complete a two-year mentee or mentor program, or hold a current national board certification.

Continuing Education Credit Information

Credits that count towards renewal will be those that are education-related and taken from the date the teacher certification was initiated or last renewed to October 1 of the certificate expiration year. It is required that at least three CEC must be education-related undergraduate or graduate courses from an accredit university, or a specialized learning experience that falls under the criteria as outlined by SDBOE. The other three credits can include contact hours that require fifteen clock hours, for one CEC. Contact hours can be earned by attending in-service, workshops, and trainings provided by a school district, private agency, or even education-related organizations. Documented proof will be required to receive credit for all CEC.

Renewal Process

A renewal candidate can submit their application on or after January 1st of the certification expiration year and pay a $60 renewal fee. The Educator Renewal Application is completed and submitted on the SDBOE website that keeps information on the status of the application accessible to the user. Forms to document proof of contact hours, suicide awareness and prevention training, and special learning experiences can also be found on the SDBOE website. The candidate must scan and upload documented proof to the application or they can also be sent as an email attachment or by regular mail. Credits earned through a university require official transcripts to be mailed or electronically sent by the institution.

Extensions

A one-year extension is allowed if the renewal candidate has faced a hardship. The hardship modification form must be completed and submitted to the SDBOE and most provide proof that the renewal candidate had good reason for not fulfilling the renewal process. Educators who are on active military duty may also request an extension. The extension must be requested while the certification in still valid and will be extended depending on the dates listed on their order to serve. For more information on renewing or requesting and extension for a teaching certification in South Dakota visit the SDBOE website.

Teaching Certification Requirements

Getting a teaching certification has five requirements that ensures a candidate is qualified to educate the students of South Dakota. The SDBOE requires the candidate to:

  1. Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
  2. Fulfill the requirements of a SDBOE approved educator preparation program.
  3. Pass the Praxis Principals of Learning and Teaching Exam and the Praxis Subject Assessment.
  4. Complete a criminal background history investigation using the fingerprinting process.
  5. Apply to the SDBOE for certification.

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