(605) 773-3134      Contact Us



Certification:
Which Initial Application Should I Complete?

Download flowchart.
Initial Educator Application
  • You should apply using the Initial Educator Application if you completed an educator preparation program from a South Dakota University.
  • This application applies to the following certification areas:
    • Teacher
    • Administrator
    • Education Specialist (i.e. SPED director, school psychologist, school counselor, etc.)

Eligibility Requirements - flowchart

Application Tips

Apply for Initial Educator Certification

Out-of-State Initial Application
  • You should apply using the Out-of-State Initial Educator Application if you completed an educator preparation program from a state other than South Dakota.
  • This application applies to the following certification areas:
    • Teacher
    • Administrator
    • Education Specialist (i.e. SPED director, school psychologist, school counselor, etc.)

Reciprocity Guide

Based on Completion of an Educator Preparation Program - flowchart .

Based on Completion of an Alternative Certification Route – flowchart.

Application Tips

Apply for Out-of-State Initial Certification

Out-of-Country Initial Application
  • You should apply using the Out-of-Country Initial Educator Application if you completed an educator preparation program from another country.
  • You must have the following documents:
    • Valid Visa
    • Educator Certificate from another country
    • Transcript Evaluation from an approved foreign credential transcript evaluation agency that reflects completion of an education program
  • This application applies to the following certification areas:
    • Teacher
    • International Teacher
    • Administrator
    • Education Specialist (i.e. SPED director, school psychologist, school counselor, etc.)
  • Approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation Agency

Eligibility Requirements – Flowchart.

Application Tips

Apply for Out-of-Country Initial Certification

Alternative Preliminary Certificate
  • You should apply using the Alternative Preliminary Certificate Initial Application if you have not completed an educator preparation program and want to become a teacher or administrator.

  • You must have one of the following to be eligible for the Alternative Preliminary Certificate:
    • Bachelor’s degree or higher
      OR
    • One of the following in a related Career and Technical Education (CTE) field
      • Associate of applied science
      • 4000 hours of work experience
      • National certification
      • Transcript Evaluation from an approved foreign credential transcript evaluation agency that reflects completion of an education program

  • This application is Step 1 of the Alternative Certification process.

Application Tips

Apply for the Alternative Preliminary Certificate

Educator Permit ONLY Initial Application
  • You should apply using the Educator Permit ONLY Initial Application if you want to add only the following options:
    • American Sign Language Instructor
    • Athletic Coaching
    • Braille Education
    • CTE Instructor Permit
    • Drivers Education Instructor
    • Eminent Scholar Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Permit
    • Native American Language Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language and Culture Permit
    • Expert Lecturer
    • Junior ROTC
    • Performing Artist
    • CEO
    • School Business Official

    If you want to add one of these options ONLY, then you should select the Educator Permit ONLY application. This application will not allow you to add a teacher, administrator or education specialist preparation or endorsement.

  • If you have a Teacher, Administrator, or Education Specialist Preparation you can add the Educator Permit options from another application.

    Example: You just graduated from a South Dakota University with a teaching degree and you also want to add the Drivers Education Instructor Permit. You should select the Initial Educator Application. This application will allow you to add Educator Permits in addition to the teaching preparation and endorsement.

Eligibility Requirements – Flowchart.

Application Tips.

Apply for the Educator Permit ONLY Initial

Initial Military/Military Spouse

You should apply using the Initial Military/Military Spouse Application if you or your spouse is on active duty and you hold a valid out-of-state educator certificate.