If you are interested in teaching as a career, you need to be aware that each state has specific requirements for earning and keeping a teaching license. A certified teacher in South Dakota has several options; understanding the differences in certification will help you select the path that is best for you.
To obtain South Dakota teaching certification, the South Dakota Department of Education requires all candidates to earn an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution approved by the State Board of Education. Aspiring teachers must also demonstrate that they have successfully completed an approved teacher education program.
Teachers who apply to teach in South Dakota for the first time must pass the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test and required PRAXIS II content-area tests. You will need to supply these test scores as well as information on your degree when you apply for your initial certification.
As an undergraduate, you can specialize in a grade level that interests you. This will help determine which academic areas and grade levels you are eligible to teach in South Dakota. If you have taught elsewhere, you may need to show a copy of that state’s teaching certificate and verify your teaching experience.
Once you are certified in South Dakota, you will be expected to complete an approved course in Indian Studies and in Human Relations.
Teachers can pursue several types of certification in South Dakota. Categories for licensure include:
The South Dakota state government recently passed the Investing in Teachers package, committing $15 million to attract and keep talented and dedicated teachers. The funds will boost teacher training, provide bonuses to some math and science instructors, offer bonuses to teachers based on student achievement, and offer scholarships to candidates in an effort to attract teachers in particular subject areas.
If you plan to teach a subject designated as a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) by the U.S. Department of Education, you might be eligible for student loan deferment or cancellation. The following TSAs have been approved for South Dakota for the 2015-2016 school year:
A full and current list of TSAs for each state is available via the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.
If you have a teaching certificate in another state, you may be a candidate for teaching license reciprocity and may be able to expedite your application to teach in South Dakota.
For specific information on reciprocity and to find out if your current license meets South Dakota requirements, read Teaching License Reciprocity Explained.
Disclaimer: Licensing requirements are subject to change. Please visit your state board of education to check for recent revisions to teaching license requirements.
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