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Per Governor Noem’s Executive Order aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 in South Dakota, South Dakota Department of Education personnel are currently working remotely. If you have questions regarding educator certification please email certification@state.sd.us with your contact information.



Certification: Educator Overview

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



COVID-19 and Educator Certification:

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How to Submit Official Transcripts

    University may:

    Applicant may:
    • Mail official/original transcripts (transcripts may be removed from the sealed envelope)
      800 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501
    Transcripts may NOT be submitted as a pdf or attached to an email



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