CTE Teacher Certificate Application Process

Alternative Certification Application
List of Available Credentials
Post Secondary Application
Work Verification Form

Secondary Teacher Information

Steps to apply for an initial certificate for the following career and technical instructor endorsements:

1. Send in verification of an offer of employment
2. Complete an alternative certification application
3. Complete work verification form documenting 4000 hours in related field of instruction and/or official transcripts verifying completion of AAS degree in related field of instruction or national certification
4. Submit personal check or money order payable to Department of Education
5. Mail forms to:
    Department of Education
    Certification Office
    800 Governors Drive
    Pierre, SD 57501

Professional development requirements over the first two years of instruction.

Participation in a mentorship program
Participation in professional learning community
Completion of professional development in the following areas:

classroom management,
instructional strategies/differentiating instruction,
and assessment
Development of a professional portfolio

Upon completion of the program submit:

1. Verification of completion of program requirements
2. Letter of recommendation from local administration to receive a five-year career and technical education instructor certificate
3. Renewal application
4. Submit personal check or money order payable to Department of Education
5. Complete six credits over the next five years, of which at least three credits must be transcripted credits.

Code Endorsement Title Adminstrative Rule
6101 7-12 auto body technology 24:15:06:43
6102 7-12 automotive technology 24:15:06:44
6104 7-12 building trades endorsement 24:15:06:45
6141 7-12 computer aided manufacturing 24:15:06:46
6723 7-12 computer cabling technology 24:15:06:47
6721 7-12 computer networking technology 24:15:06:48
6722 7-12 computer repair and maintenance 24:15:06:49
6111 7-12 culinary arts and restaurant management 24:15:06:50
6105 7-12 drafting 24:15:06:51
6107 7-12 electronics 24:15:06:52
6118 7-12 graphic design 24:15:06:53
6114 7-12 health science 24:15:06:54
6110 7-12 machine tool technology 24:15:06:55
6113 7-12 multi media 24:15:06:56
6109 7-12 welding 24:15:06:57

Post Secondary Credential

Complete and submit Post Secondary Application and Conduct Review Statement

- Download list of available credentials
- Submit post secondary verification of work experience if required.
- Verify 6,000 hours of work experience in field of requested credential
Submit original transcripts for all degrees granted & currently completed coursework.
Submit check or money order made out to SD Dept. of Ed. for application processing
Mail all forms to:
Department of Education Office of Accreditation & Teacher Quality 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501


For further information, contact Roxie Thielen roxie.thielen@state.sd.us or (605) 773-4669.