Principal Certification Options

Preschool through grade 12 Principal Program (35-40 hours)

1. Coursework being established at all universities to meet requirements of principalship as outlined in rule to span PreK-12.
2. Program completion recommended by university.


Principal Endorsement (18-22 hours)
1. Bachelors or masters degree in education.
2. Minimum of fifteen graduate semester hours of course work plus practicum or internship experiences or combination of both.
3. Three years of verified experience in an accredited K-12 school, one year of which included classroom teaching experience or direct services to students.
4. Authorization is valid for five years only, unless the holder has also previously completed a masters degree in education.
5. Endorsement granted by DOE transcript analysis.


Preschool through grade 12 Principal Endorsement (4-8 hours)
1. Masters degree with a PreK-8 or 7-12 principalship.
2. Completion of coursework specific to the PreK-8 or 7-12 principal endorsement sought.
3. Three years of verified experience in an accredited K-12 school, one year of which included classroom teaching experience or direct services to students.
4. Endorsement granted by DOE transcript analysis.


Principal Certification Options
Dakota Wesleyan University Northern State University
South Dakota State University University of Sioux Falls
University of South Dakota

Principal Programs

Dakota Wesleyan University
  Dr. Ed Plastow, Dean of Graduate Studies, 605-995-2689
  Michelle Hellman , Certification Official, 605-995-2127
  Karen Knoell, Records Official, 605-995-2647
Northern State University
 Dr. Constance Geier, Dean, School of Education, 605-626-2415
 Cherie Sauer, Certification Official, 605-626-7768
South Dakota State University
 Dr. Jill Thorngren, Dean, College of Education, 605-688-6181
 Jennifer Weber, Certification Official, 605-688-4449
University of Sioux Falls
Julie McAreavey, Education Department Chair, 605-331-6644
Amanda Anderson, Records Official, 605-331-6651
University of South Dakota
Dr. Hee-Sook Choi, Education Dean, 605-677-5437
Donna Tucker, Certification Official, 605-677-5611


Contact

If you have questions email certification@state.sd.us