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
(605) 773-3134
certification@state.sd.us

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