Renew a Teaching Certificate in SD
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How do I keep and renew a teaching certificate in South Dakota?
Teachers use online professional development and continuing education courses to renew a teaching certificate in SD. 15 contact (clock) hours is equivalent to one renewal credit.
What state requirements does a teacher in SD need to meet for renewal?
According to the SD Department of Education, South Dakota teachers renewing a Professional Teaching Certificate need to complete six education-related credits that must include a minimum of three transcripted credits. The remaining three credits shall include continuing education contact hours or transcripted credits. If you have a master’s degree or higher you may renew with any combination of six education-related credits, transcripted credits are not required.
Teachers in South Dakota who are renewing an Advanced Teaching Certificate or Education Specialist Certificate must complete six education-related transcripted credits or continuing education contact hours.
If all requirements for Professional Teaching Certificate, Advanced Teaching Certificate, or Education Specialist Certificate renewal have not been met by October 1 of the year of expiration, the certificate is invalid. Beginning December 1, 2020, to renew an invalid certificate the applicant must pay a penalty fee of $100 in addition to the application fee; however the renewal requirements remain the same.
Teachers in South Dakota who are renewing a Five-Year Educator Permit must complete three education-related transcripted credits or continuing education contact hours. To renew an invalid 5-Year Educator Permit, the applicant must complete six education-related credits, including any combination of transcripted credits or continuing education contact hours.
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How do I contact the SD Department of Education?
Contact the South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of February 16th, 2021 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.