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Educator Preparation Providers

Educator Preparation Provider State Rules Article 24:53

The Educator Preparation Provider assures that K-12 educators are well prepared and qualified to serve South Dakota schools. Rules adopted by the South Dakota Board of Education Standards establish standards that educators must meet to be recommended for certification; the rules also provide the standards for postsecondary institutions' educator preparation programs. Any institution seeking to recommend candidates for certification must have its programs approved by the State Board of Education

Educator Preparation Provider Approval

To be eligible to request approval of programs that prepare educational personnel to meet certification requirements in accordance with article 24:28, institutions must provide evidence of compliance with regional approval and eligibility for Title IV funding as stated in SDCL 13-49-27.1.

At least once every seven years, the department shall conduct an onsite review of each educator preparation provider and each program for the preparation of education personnel offered by a four-year, regionally accredited institution that has applied for state approval.* After the department has verified that the standards in article 24:53 have been met by the educator preparation provider and each program, the South Dakota Board of Education Standards may grant initial or continuing approval to the educator preparation provider and program that were reviewed. In order to receive and maintain approval, the educator preparation provider must submit the following to the department every seven years:

  1. A self-study report*, as outlined in the department's Educator Preparation Provider Approval and Program Approval Review Handbook: Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education in the State of South Dakota; and
  2. Evidence of candidate competencies as required in chapters 24:53:04 and 24:53:10 and 24:53:11.
For institutions seeking initial or continuing accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the department shall conduct joint reviews of the educator preparation provider and its education programs as outlined in the partnership agreement between the department and the accrediting agency. The Board of Education Standards shall make the final decision on state program approval.

*Institutions may choose either a State Accreditation Review or a CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) Accreditation review.

**Self-Study Reports are due 9 months prior to the site visit.

State Accreditation Review Resources
CAEP Accreditation Review Resources
Program Review

The institution’s educator preparation programs must be reviewed prior to the Educator Preparation Provider onsite review. An EPP may choose one of the following three options (or a combination of them):

  • SPA review – program reports are reviewed by national Specialized Professional Associations – program reports are due 2 years prior to on-site review.
  • State Program Review – program reports reviewed by South Dakota Department of Education - program reports are due 9 months prior to On-site Review.
  • CAEP review (available only to EPPs pursuing CAEP accreditation) – program reports are reviewed by CAEP reviewers in conjunction with the onsite review – program reports are due 9 months prior to the On-site review.
Program Review Templates
For State and CAEP program reviews
Birth – Grade 3 Early Childhood 5-12 Agriculture Education
Birth – Grade 3 Special Education 5-12 Business Education
K-8 Elementary Education 5-12 Career and Technical Education
K-12 Art Education (NAEA) 5-12 Drama/Theater
K-12 Art Education (NASAD) 5-12 English Language Arts Education
K-12 Comprehensive School Health Education 5-12 Family and Consumer Sciences Education
K-12 Educational Technology/Computer Education 5-12 Industrial Technology
K-12 Health 5-12 ELA (Mass Comm/Journalism)
K-12 Music Education 5-12 Mathematics Education
K-12 Physical Education 5-12 Mathematics/Science Composite
K-12 South Dakota Indian Studies Education 5-12 Science Education
K-12 Special Education 5-12 Social Science Education
K-12 Reading Specialist 5-12 ELA (Speech/Debate)
K-12 World Language Education PK-12 Curriculum Director
PK – 12 Principal Birth to 21 School Psychologist
PK-12 Career Superintendent PK-12 School Counselor


Approved Educator Preparation Providers
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Augustana University
Augustana University
Accreditation Status: Current – CAEP
Last Approval: July, 2014 Next Review: Fall 2020
Reviewed Programs Approved
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Art
K-12 Music
K-12 Physical Education
K-12 Special Education
  • Special Education
  • Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/EDHH
K-12 World Language
5-12 English Language Arts
  • English Education
  • Speech/Debate
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
5-12 Social Science
  • History
  • Political Science
Black Hills State University
Black Hills State University
Accreditation Status: Current – CAEP
Last Approval: January, 2019 Next Review: Spring 2025
Reviewed Programs Approved
Early Childhood Special Education
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Art
K-12 Business
K-12 Music
K-12 Physical Education
K-12 Special Education
K-12 World Language - Spanish
5-12 English Language Arts
  • English Education
  • Mass Communication/Drama/Theatre Composite
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Mathematics/Science Composite
5-12 Science
  • Science Composite
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
5-12 Social Science
  • Social Science Composite
  • History
Dakota State University
Dakota State University
Accreditation Status: Current – CAEP
Last Approval: January, 2017 Next Review: Spring 2022
Reviewed Programs Approved
K-8 Elementary Education
K-8/K-12 Elementary Education/Special Education
K-12 Business
K-12 Computer Science
K-12 Physical Education
5-12 English Language Arts
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science - Biology
Dakota Wesleyan University
Dakota Wesleyan University
Accreditation Status: Current – State
Last Approval: May, 2018 Next Review: Fall 2024
Reviewed Programs Approved
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Music
K-12 Special Education
5-12 English Language Arts
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science - Biology
5-12 Social Science - History
Mount Marty College
Mount Marty College
Accreditation Status: Current – State
Last Approval: May, 2018 Next Review: Fall 2024
Reviewed Programs Approved
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Physical Education
K-12 Special Education
5-12 English Language Arts
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
5-12 Social Science - History
Northern State University
Northern State University
Accreditation Status: Current – CAEP
Last Approval: May, 2015 Next Review: Spring 2021
Reviewed Programs Approved
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Art
K-12 Physical Education
K-12 Principal
K-12 School Counselor
K-12 Special Education
K-12 World Language - Spanish
5-12 English Language Arts
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
5-12 Social Science
  • Social Science Composite
  • History
Oglala Lakota College
Oglala Lakota College
Accreditation Status: Current – State
Last Approval: November, 2014 Next Review: Fall 2019
Reviewed Programs Approved
Early Childhood
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Principal
5-12 Science – Physical Science
K-12 South Dakota Indian Studies
K-12 Special Education
Sinte Gleska University
Sinte Gleska University
Accreditation Status: Current – State
Last Approval: January, 2019 Next Review: Spring, 2025
Reviewed Programs Approved
K-8 Elementary Education
K-8 Elementary Education/Special Education
South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University
Accreditation Status: Current – CAEP
Last Approval: July, 2014 Next Review: Fall, 2019
Reviewed Programs Approved
Birth – Age 8 Early Childhood
K-12 Art
K-12 Music
K-12 Physical Education
K-12 Principal
K-12 School Counselor
K-12 World Language - Spanish
5-12 Agriculture Education
5-12 English Language Arts
  • Drama/Theater
  • English Education
  • Mass Communication
  • Speech/Debate
5-12 Family and Consumer Sciences
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
5-12 Social Science
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
University of Sioux Falls
University of Sioux Falls
Accreditation Status: Current – CAEP
Last Approval: January, 2017 Next Review: Fall, 2022
Reviewed Programs Approved
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Art
K-12 Music
K-12 Principal
K-12 Reading Specialist
K-12 Superintendent
K-12 World Language - Spanish
5-12 English Language Arts
  • Language Arts Education
  • Drama/Theater
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science - Biology
5-12 Social Science - History
Certification Only Program
University of South Dakota
University of South Dakota
Accreditation Status: Current – CAEP
Last Approval: January, 2014 Next Review: Fall, 2019
Reviewed Programs Approved
P-12 Special Education Director
K-8 Elementary Education
K-12 Curriculum Director
K-12 Physical Education
K-12 Principal
K-12 Reading Specialist
K-12 Special Education
K-12 Superintendent
K-12 World Language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
5-12 English Language Arts
  • Language Arts Education
  • Speech/Debate
5-12 Mathematics
5-12 Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
5-12 Social Science
  • History
  • Political Science
Certification Only Program


For any questions relating to Teacher Education Programs, contact Kathy Riedy with the SD Department of Education at 605-773-4774. Click here for the Administrative Rules.