Which Application Should I Complete?

New Applicant

I graduated from a South Dakota university with an education preparation

I recently graduated from a South Dakota University with an educational preparation and would like to apply for an Educator Certificate. Complete the Initial Educator Application.

I graduated from an out-of-state university with an education preparation

I graduated from an Out-of-State University with an educational preparation and have completed the required South Dakota Indian Studies course. Complete the Initial Educator Application.

I received an educator certificate from another state.

I have an educator certificate from another state and want to apply for certification in South Dakota through Reciprocity. Complete the Out-of-State Initial Application.

I received an educator certificate from another country.

I completed an educator preparation in another county, have a valid J1 or H1B Visa, and would like to temporarily be an educator in South Dakota. Complete the Educator Permit Only Application.

I completed an educator preparation in another country and would like to move to South Dakota and receive an Educator Certificate. Complete the Out-Of-Country Initial Application.

I would like to apply for an Educator Permit
(Paraprofessional, Performing Artist, Expert Lecturer, International Teacher, Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture, CEO, American Sign Language Instructor, Braille, CTE Instructor, School Business Official, or Drivers Education Instructor)

I want to apply for only an Educator Permit and will not apply for a teacher, administrator, education specialist, or alternative certification. Complete the Educator Permit ONLY Initial Application.

I would like to apply for Alternative Certification

I have not completed an education preparation program but would like to complete Alternative Certification. Complete the Alternative Preliminary Initial Application.





Applicant who has a Certificate

I have a Teacher, Administrator, or Education Specialist Certificate

I have an active Educator Certificate that expires in July. I would like to renew my certificate. Educator Certification – Renewal Application.

I did not renew my certificate before it became invalid and would like to renew my certificate so that it is active. I have completed all of the renewal requirements to obtain my certificate. Educator Certification – Renewal Application.

I did not renew my certificate before it became invalid and would like to renew my certificate so that it is active. I have not completed all of the renewal requirements to obtain my certificate. Temporary Certificate.

I have an active certificate, three years of experience as a teacher, and have accepted a position as a Special Education Teacher. Special Education Alternative Certification Application.

I have an active certificate as a teacher and have accepted a position as a Principal or Superintendent. Administrator Alternative Certification.

I have an active certificate as a teacher or principal and have accepted a position as a superintendent. Administrator Alternative Certification.

I have a Provisional Certificate

I am from out-of-state or out-of-country and have a Provisional Certificate. I need one more year to complete the South Dakota Indian Studies course. Provisional – Renewal Application.

I have an Educator Permit ONLY Certificate

I have an active Educator Permit ONLY certificate that expires in July. I would like to renew my certificate. Permit ONLY – Renewal Application.

I did not renew my certificate before it became invalid and would like to renew my certificate so that it becomes active. I have completed all of the renewal requirements to obtain my certificate. Permit ONLY – Renewal Application.

I did not renew my certificate before it became invalid and would like to renew my certificate so that it becomes active. I have not completed all of the renewal requirements to obtain my certificate. Temporary Certificate.

I have an Alternative Preliminary Certificate

I have an active Alternative Preliminary certificate that expires in July. I am not going through the Alternative Certification route and would like to renew my certificate. Alternative Preliminary – Renewal Application.

I have an active Alternative Preliminary certificate and have been hired by a district for the General Education Alternative Certification Route. General Education Alternative Certification Application.

I have an active Alternative Preliminary certificate and have been hired by a district for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Alternative Certification Route. CTE Alternative Certification Application.

I have an active Alternative Preliminary certificate and have been accepted in the Teach for America National Teacher Corps. TFA Alternative Certification.

I have an active Alternative Preliminary certification and have been hired by a district as a principal or superintendent. Administrator Alternative Certification Application.

I have an Alternative Certificate (General Education, CTE, TFA, SPED, or Administrator)

I have an active Alternative Certification certificate and have completed all requirements. Transition from Alternative Certification Application.

I have an active certificate and would like to Request a Change

My certificate was issued in the past 30 days and there is a typographical or clerical error. Correction to Certificate Issued in Past 30 Days Application.

I would like to add an endorsement to my certificate or change from a professional to advanced level and my certificate is not scheduled for renewal. Add Endorsement or Update Existing Certificate.

I would like to request a duplicate certificate or update my name, address or other demographic information. Request a Duplicate or Update Demographic Application.