SD Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions

To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a Bachelor’s degree, post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Science in Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.

All direct initial licensure applicants must complete an approved South Dakota Indian Studies course in order to receive a teaching certificate.

Step 1:  Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. If you have not received a transcript with your WGU diploma, then see WGU Transcript Request article with instructions on how to request an official transcript.  Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Master of Arts in Teaching students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program.  Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelope to be included with your application packet.


Step 2: Follow the account creation instructions listed on the SD DoE website. Initial licensure students should select "New Applicant" and then "Out-of-State Initial Application" when applying for their licenses.

Step 3. Fill out the top portion of the University Sign-Off form and send it to the Licensure Office. The Licensure Office will complete the form and email it directly to the SD DoE. Send the partially-completed form to:


Email (preferred) 

Fax: 801-401-7961


Note: If you have not already reported your Praxis content and pedagogy exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer before the recommendation can be completed.


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

Step 5: Upload all required documents as part of your online application, including transcript verifying completion of an approved SD Native American Studies course




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