Educator Certification

2019 renewal applications should be submitted BEGINNING January 1, 2019.
Five-year certificates are valid from the date of issuance through June 30 of the fifth year following the year of issuance.

Quick Links
FAQs
Teacher 411 Educator Lookup
Certificate Applications
Endorsement Requirements
Educator Certification Requirements
Alternative Certification Resources
Educator Permit Resources
Reciprocity
Forms
South Dakota University Education Programs
State-Designated Tests
Other Resources
Office of Educator Certification hours of operation
(Monday through Friday):
  • Certification staff processes applications daily from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Central
  • Certification staff responds to emails and phone calls daily from 8 – 10 a.m. and 3 – 5 p.m. Central
Processing time is currently 4 weeks



The Office of Educator Certification is in the process of re-designing the certification website. Please send suggestions, including ideas for informational resources, to the certification email at certification@state.sd.us.


How to submit OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS:

    Applicant may:
    • Mail official/original transcripts (transcripts may be removed from the sealed envelope)
    Transcripts may NOT be submitted as a pdf or attached to an email

    University may:
    • Submit electronic transcript directly to SD DOE
    • Mail official/original paper transcripts

How to submit CONTACT HOURS:
    Applicant may:
  • Upload to application if saved as a pdf document
  • Email
  • Mail a copy of the contact hour certificate

Mailing address: Department of Education, Certification Office, 800 Governors Dr., Pierre, SD 57501
Email address: certification@state.sd.us





CERTIFICATE APPLICATIONS
Access Educator Certification Online Application System - click here to apply
Instructions for Creating an Account
Which Application Should I Complete?
EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Educator Certification Rules
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training
South Dakota Indian Studies Course
Endorsement Requirements (New - all endorsements added to a certificate must be requested)
Renewal Requirements
School Counselor Certification
South Dakota Educator Certification Rules Summary
ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION RESOURCES
Alternative Preliminary Certification
General Education Alternative Certification
Teach for American (TFA) Alternative Certification
CTE Alternative Certification
Special Education Alternative Certification
Administrator Alternative Certification
EDUCATOR PERMIT RESOURCES
American Sign Language Instructor
Athletic Coaching
Braille Education
CEO Educator
CTE Instructor Permit
Drivers Education Instructor
Eminent Scholar Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Permit
Expert Lecturer
International Teacher
Junior ROTC
Native American Language Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Permit
Performing Artist Permit
School Business Official
RECIPROCITY RESOURCES
Reciprocity Based on Completion of an Approved Education Program
Reciprocity Based on Completion of an Alternative Certification Program
Reciprocity Applications and Forms
FORMS
RENEWAL FORMS
RENEWAL FORMS # Completed By Word PDF
Continuing Education Contact Hour Certificate RF1 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
Specialized Learning Experience Documentation RF2 Applicant/Sponsor
download word document
download pdf
District Recognized Suicide Awareness and Prevention Certificate of Completion RF3 District
download word document
download pdf
Hardship Modification Request ECER1 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
Military Duty Extension ECER2 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
REQUEST TO UPDATE APPLICATION/CERTIFICATE
REQUEST TO UPDATE APPLICATION/CERTIFICATE # Completed By Word PDF
Withdrawal of Application RU1 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
Certificate Correction Request RU3 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
Request a Change to an Active Application RU5 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANT FORMS
OUT-OF-STATE APPLICANT FORMS # Completed By Word PDF
Out-of-State University Sign-Off OSF1 University
download word document
download pdf
Out-of-State Educator Certification Verification OSF2 State
download word document
download pdf
Educator Experience Verification - Teaching OSF4 Employer
download word document
download pdf
Out-of-State Provisional Extension OSF3 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION FORMS
ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION FORMS # Completed By Word PDF
General Education, CTE and TFA Alternative Certification
District Intent To Employ AC1 District
download word document
download pdf
District Renewal Recommendation AC2 District
download word document
download pdf
Recommendation to Transition to Professional AC8 District
download word document
download pdf
Special Education Alternative Certification
District Intent To Employ AC3 District
download word document
download pdf
District Renewal Recommendation AC4 District
download word document
download pdf
Recommendation to Transition to Professional AC8 District
download word document
download pdf
Administrator Alternative Certification
District Intent To Employ AC5 District
download word document
download pdf
District Renewal Recommendation AC6 District
download word document
download pdf
Recommendation to Transition to Professional AC8 District
download word document
download pdf
Administrator Professional Development Plan AC7 Applicant
download word document
download pdf
EDUCATOR PERMIT FORMS
EDUCATOR PERMIT FORMS # Completed By Word PDF
School Business Official/CEO
School Business Official/CEO Experience Verification EPV5 Applicant/Employer
download word document
download pdf
Expert Lecturer
Intent to Employ: Expert Lecture EPV6 District
download word document
download pdf
Performing Artist
Intent to Employ: Performing Artist EPV8 District
download word document
download pdf
International Exchange Teacher
Intent to Employ: International Exchange Teacher EPV7 District
download word document
download pdf
Native American Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture
Native American Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Proficiency Verification EPV3 Applicant/Approved Provider
download word document
download pdf
Native American Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Recommendation for Certification SOF2 Applicant/Approved Provider
download word document
download pdf
Eminent Scholar Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture
Eminent Scholar Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Proficiency EPV4 Applicant/Approved Provider
download word document
download pdf
Eminent Scholar Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Recommendation for Certification SOF3 Applicant/Approved Provider
download word document
download pdf
CTE Instructor Permit
CTE Experience Verification EPV2 Applicant/Employer
download word document
download pdf
CTE Instructor Renewal Recommendation EPV10 Employer
download word document
download pdf
EXPERIENCE AND PROFICIENCY VERIFICATION
EXPERIENCE AND PROFICIENCY VERIFICATION # Completed By Word PDF
Educator Experience Verification - Teaching EPV1 Applicant/Employer
download word document
download pdf
CTE Experience Verification EPV2 Applicant/Employer
download word document
download pdf
School Business Official/CEO Experience Verification EPV5 Applicant/Employer
download word document
download pdf
School Counselor Mentor Sign-Off EPV11 Mentor School Counselor
download word document
download pdf
Out-of-State Reciprocity Educator Experience Verification - Teaching OSF4 Applicant/Employer
download word document
download pdf
Out-of-State Educator Certification Verification OSF2 State
download word document
download pdf
SOUTH DAKOTA UNIVERISTY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
University Education Programs
Approved South Dakota Programs
Teacher Preparation Program Rules
STATE-DESIGNATED TESTS
South Dakota State-Designated Tests
ETS
NOCTI Tests
South Dakota State Library Praxis II Resources (need South Dakota State Library e-card)
OTHER RESOURCES
FAQs
Teacher 411 Educator Lookup
South Dakota Educator Certification Rules Summary Document
Teacher Loan Forgiveness
Tuition Reduction
CTE Methods Course
Reduced Tuitions Program for Teachers


Contact

Questions can be directed to: certification@state.sd.us.