Initial Certification (SD)

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Initial Certification (SD)

Initial Certification requires verification from an accredited university that the candidate has completed an approved education program.

Certificate Valid for 1 year
Employment: Not Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: South Dakota
Contact Phone: 605-773-3134
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

5-year certificate requirements
– Completion of a teacher preparation program
– Completion of 6 credits within the past 5 years
– Completion of Praxis II tests

One year option available if any of the above are missing.

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + 18 Hours
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program

GPA: 2.5

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:


Will NOT Accept Scores from Out of State

Norwegian and other languages are available for certification through the university coursework route.

PLT exam or 18 credit hours of coursework and student teaching required.

Teaching experience in the content language may substitute up to 3 credit hours of coursework.
*1 year of content language testing substitutes 1 credit hour of coursework.

Applicants from Troops to Teachers, Americorp accepted. See:

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Online at:

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Teaching License/Certificate/Credential: Required
Accepted with Transcript Evaluation

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Renewal: Renewable
Renewal fee – $36.00 for a 5 year certificate.

Teachers missing requirements may renew for 1 year. Only 1 renewal of a 1 year certificate is permitted.

A one-time 10-year certificate may be issued to an applicant who completes an advanced degree.

Fee for 1 year certificate: $18.
No fingerprint/background check required until hired by school district.

Applicants must complete a conduct review statement.

Once South Dakota certification is obtained, educators must complete:
– Human relations course See:
– South Dakota Indian studies course See:

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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