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South Dakota

Schools/Colleges of Education | Scholarships | Teacher Shortage Areas | Getting Certified

Schools/Colleges of Education

Augustana College


Teacher Education

Black Hills State University


Teacher Education

Dakota State University


Teacher Education

Northern State University


Teacher Education

South Dakota State University


Teacher Education

University of Sioux Falls


Teacher Education

University of South Dakota


Teacher Education
Speech-Language Pathology


South Opportunity Scholarship Program

The South Dakota Legislature authorized the Regents Scholarship Program in 2003 to allow South Dakota’s most academically accomplished high school graduates to receive an affordable education at any university, college, or technical school in South Dakota that is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2004, the Legislature renamed the scholarship the South Dakota Opportunity Scholarship and authorized funding from the state of South Dakota’s Education Enhancement Trust Fund, beginning with high school graduating classes in 2004.

Teacher Shortage Areas for 2010-2011

  • Art (K-12)
  • Career & Technical Education (7-12)
  • English as a New Language (K-12)
  • Health (K-12)
  • Language Arts (7-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Music (K-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)
  • Science (7-12)
  • Social Science (7-12)
  • Special Education (K-12)
  • Speech Pathologists
  • World Languages (K-12)

Getting Certified

Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. South Dakota, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

Teacher Preparation

The South Dakota Department of Education requires prospective teachers to complete a state-approved teacher certification program.

Teacher Salary

Average Elementary Teacher Salary – $35,370

Average Secondary Teacher Salary – $36,300

Teacher salary vs. state avg. – 106%

Vacation weeks per year – 15 weeks

Years to tenure – 3

Required Tests

In order to become a certified teacher, you must satisfactorily complete the Basic Skill Test requirement and any Subject Area Competence assessments needed for your desired area of instruction.

Subject Area Competence: PPST Praxis II: Subject Tests in your specialty area, Praxis II:PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching)

Teacher Certification Information & Links:

South Dakota Department of Education

Page updated: 10/2012

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