Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to apply for their teaching certificate.

The following steps outline the process to apply for and obtain an initial certification.

Application for SD teacher certification is done online.

Click here to begin and click on APPLY and enter your information.

Keep the following in mind when entering information:

  • Use a permanent address
  • If you anticipate a name change, use the one you want to appear on your certificate
  • For graduation or program completion date use the expected date published by the college
  • Select the 5-year certificate option

Teacher candidates can and should initiate this process prior to program completion or graduation, but, your application cannot be processed until your transcript has been finalized with a graduation date.

It is the student's responsibility to complete the Transcript Release Form to allow the Certification Officer to secure this document and forward to SD DOE.

Once all information including finalized transcripts and payment information are completed, the Certification Officer will verify your information and recommend your application to SD DOE.

Once your application has been processed and your certificate has been issued, you will receive notification via e-mail from SD DOE.

You will not receive a paper or hard copy of our certificate, rather it will be included as a PDF in the e-mail you receive from SD DOE.

Typically, the process takes 3 weeks, however, during high or low volume times, this can vary.

Check online within your account or contact the SD DOE via e-mail certification@state.sd.us
with questions about your application status.

If you are interested in seeking teacher certification for other states, contact Augustana College's Certification Officer for guidance.

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