Teacher Licensure State Requirements - South Dakota
Become a Teacher in South Dakota
Are you looking to make a difference? Completing a teacher certification program will help you meet the requirements to become a teacher in South Dakota and connect with your students.
Before becoming a licensed teacher in South Dakota, you must meet all of South Dakota’s teacher certification requirements, including:
- Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program offered by an accredited college or university.
- Completion of a teacher preparation program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program, and recommendation for certification from the preparing institution.
- If more than five years have passed since the program completion, then the applicant must provide documentation of six semester hours in the applicant’s field of study from an accredited four-year institution in the five years immediately preceding the date of application.
- Passing the required Praxis exams.
- Completion of coursework in Human Relations and South Dakota Indian Studies. A one-year certificate will be granted if all other certification requirements are met except for this coursework, allowing the applicant time to meet the requirements for the five-year certificate. (WGU’s programs cover the human relations component, but not the South Dakota Indian Studies component.)
Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.
For the most current information about becoming a teacher in South Dakota, please check the
South Dakota Department of Education website:
South Dakota Department of Education Web site