Do you have a teaching certificate in another state besides South Dakota? Get started on applying for reciprocity here:


Do you have a degree in education but no previous certification in any other state? You can get started on the initial certification process here:


Do you have a degree and a passion for education, but don’t have an education preparation on your degree path? Check out Alternative Preliminary Certificate information here:


Still working on your degree but interested in a position right now? Check out the available educator permits from the SD DOE:


The Teacher 411, Educator Lookup and Certification Requirements at allows you and your employer to access your certificate information.

Additional certification information is available online:
General renewal information:
Code of ethics:
Renewal Resources:
State-Designated Tests: