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South Dakota Teaching License Requirements

Getting a teaching certificate in South Dakota requires the completion of training designed to prepare educators to teach children and also understand their diverse backgrounds. This article provides information on these certification requirements.

Info for South Dakota Teachers

Becoming a teacher in South Dakota requires the completion of a teacher preparation program in addition to specialized training that focuses on the cultural heritage of the Native American tribes of the region. The South Dakota Board of Education (SDBOE) also requires passing exam scores to qualify for teacher certification.

Education/Experience Required Bachelor's degree
Exam Requirements Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam and a Praxis Subject Assessment
Certification Validity Period 5 years
CEU Credits Required for Renewal 6 credits of coursework OR participation in a mentorship program (as mentor or mentee) OR national board certification
Average Salary (2018) $43,140 for elementary, $43,860 for middle school, and $42,960 for high school teachers (Oklahoma stats)*
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026) 7% for elementary school, 8% for middle and high school teachers (Nationwide)*

Education and Preparation

In order to obtain a teaching certificate in South Dakota an applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. There are education degrees, such as bachelor's degrees in elementary or secondary education, that also include a teacher preparation program. If an applicant holds a degree that did not include a teacher preparation program, they must apply, be accepted, and successfully complete a program approved by the SDBOE.

It is also required that an applicant complete three credit hours in a South Dakota Indian Studies course. This course provides information on tribal education, community relations, the integration of tribal and traditional curricula, South Dakota history, U.S. federal Indian policy and current legal issues, while also providing cultural information on Native American tribes of the area.

Lastly, prospective South Dakota teachers must complete suicide prevention and awareness training. This training is offered as a free, online course. Once students complete it, they are awarded a certificate of completion.

Exam

To qualify for a teaching certificate, candidates must be approved for testing in the subject they will teach by their teacher preparation program. Candidates must then pass two exams. The first is the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam for early childhood (5621), grades K-6 (5622), grades 5-9 (5623), or grades 7-12 (5624), depending on what grade level a candidate will be teaching. Candidates can also opt to sit for the PPAT Assessment.

The second exam is the Praxis Subject Assessment that focuses in the specific subject area that the candidate wants to teach. Information on endorsement requirements for each subject assessment may be found on the SBDOE website.

Apply

The application process for a teaching certificate is completed on the SDBOE website and requires candidates to create an account to login. General information as well as degree and teacher preparation program transcripts and the suicide prevention training certificate will need to be provided in the application. Candidates will also need to choose the subject in which they want to be certified. Candidates will then submit the $60 application fee online or by mail to the Office of Educator Certification. The review process takes eight to ten weeks, and once approved, candidates receive their certificate electronically in PDF format.