May 25, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Teacher Education - Certification Only Program (K-12 Content Areas and 5-12 Content Areas)

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This academic certificate program provides an option for individuals who want to become teachers and who have baccalaureate degrees in K-12 or 5-12 content majors in which the South Dakota Board of Education certifies teachers. This certification-only program prepares prospective teachers with the necessary pedagogical knowledge and skills to succeed as K-12 or secondary teachers.

Admission Requirements:

Cumulative GPA of 2.6;

Content GPA of 2.7; and

Completion of ENGL 101 , CMST 101 , SPED 100 , EPSY 210  and EDFN 338  with no grade less than "C"

Testing Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the pre-professional skills test (PPST) in reading, writing and mathematics.
  2. Successful completion of the Praxis content exam in major area of preparation.
  3. Successful completion of the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam.

Course Requirements (38-39 Credits)


This program is recognized by the South Dakota Department of Education and meets South Dakota requirements for certification. It may or may not be recognized by other states' certification/licensing agencies.

Teaching Certification and Licensure

Dakota State University (DSU) Educator Preparation Programs are approved by the South Dakota State Board of Education. Dakota State University is a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.  All students completing Teacher Certification programs through Dakota State University will be recommended for an initial South Dakota Teaching License regardless of the state in which they reside while completing the coursework.  Therefore, out-of-state applicants will want to verify the licensure and certification requirements for their state of interest.

Students who successfully complete Educator Preparation Programs at Dakota State University are eligible to receive a recommendation for the applicable teaching certification in the State of South Dakota.  All education graduates are encouraged to apply for South Dakota certification immediately upon completion of their degree.

Teacher education graduates may also be eligible for Dakota State University recommendation for certification in other states. Teaching certification/licensure requirements vary among states.  Dakota State University cannot confirm the graduate will be immediately certified outside of South Dakota and is researching certification/licensure outside of South Dakota.  If you are seeking certification or licensure, you will want to contact the appropriate governing body in your state. The U.S. Department of Education hyperlink will help you learn more about certification in your state:  Please contact the College of Education Office regarding licensure certification outside of South Dakota at 605-256-5177.


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