SD Certification Requirements and Available Licenses


Early Childhood Birth Through Grade Three

Self Contained K-4th Grade and Self Contained Fifth - Eighth Grade

K-12 Special Education

Secondary Intermediate Math

Secondary Intermediate Science

Secondary Economics

Secondary Advanced Geography

Secondary Advanced Political Science

Secondary Advanced History

Secondary Psychology

Secondary Sociology

Secondary Advanced Mathematics

Secondary Advanced Biology

Secondary Chemistry

Secondary Advanced Earth Science

Secondary Physics

Secondary Intermediate English Language Arts

Elementary English as a New Language


Secondary English as a New Language


K-12 Principal



South Dakota has the following requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification:

1. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: 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.

2. RECENCY REQUIREMENT: If more than five yeas have elapsed since the completion of the teacher education program, 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.

3. CONTENT AND PEDAGOGY EXAMS: Passing the required Praxis exams.

4. SOUTH DAKOTA INDIAN STUDIES: Completion of an approved South Dakota Indian Studies course. Western Governors University programs do not satisfy the South Dakota Indian Studies course requirement. You must complete an approved course at South Dakota institution. Direct initial licensure applicants will not be issued a teaching certificate until an approved course has been completed.


4. Complete at least one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training.

For further details, please see the South Dakota Department of Education website.




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