Black Hills State University
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University of Sioux Falls
University of South Dakota
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.
- 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)
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.
The South Dakota Department of Education requires prospective teachers to complete a state-approved teacher certification program.
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
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:
Page updated: 10/2012