April 18, 2018

South Dakota Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $34,709
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $32,770

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in South Dakota schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements for in individual subject areas for South Dakota teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a South Dakota-approved teacher preparation program.
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see this Web site:
Alternative Route to Certification


No tests for basic skills are required For teacher certification in South Dakota. However, you’ll need to take the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) portion of the
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test
and one or more of the Praxis II tests in specific subject areas.

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of South Dakota has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about South Dakota Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in South Dakota for three years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the South Dakota Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
South Dakota Department of Education
700 Governors Drive
Pierre SD 57501

Or you can call the Department of Education at (605)773-3134 .
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the South Dakota teacher certification process:

South Dakota Department of Education
Teacher Certification