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Teacher 411

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



Go to Teacher 411

School districts are obligated to consult South Dakota’s Teacher 411 Educator Lookup prior to making hiring decisions, pursuant to SDCL Chapters 13-42 and 13-43.

Teacher 411 Educator Lookup is an online search tool which provides information about educator certificates and requirements to be considered authorized to teach an assignment or act as an administrator or education specialist.

Educator Search Tool
Teacher 411 Educator Lookup is an online search tool that allows you to view certification information about all South Dakota educators including those with a current, expired, or invalid certificate. This includes teachers, administrators, education specialists, and those with an educator permit. The name must match what is in the South Dakota Office of Educator Certification database.

Information On Teacher 411 is considered to be an official record in South Dakota and includes the following:

  • Status
  • Type
  • Certificate Number
  • Issue Date
  • Expiration Date
  • Degree Information
  • Professional Preparations
  • Endorsements
  • State-Designated Tests
  • State Certified Assignments
  • Most Recent Assignments
  • Teacher 411 Educator Search Tip Sheet

Endorsement Requirements
Teacher 411 Endorsement List allows you to view the requirements for each endorsement and the assignment an endorsement allows educators to be considered authorized to teach based on the preparation of the educator.

Certification Requirements for Assignments
Teacher 411 Certification Requirements for Assignments allows you to select an assignment code and view the endorsements that will allow an educator to be considered authorized to teach the assignment. View Common Course Codes.



Helpful tips for using the South Dakota Teacher 411
Questions can be directed to: certification@state.sd.us.