Upon program completion and graduation from the university, graduates are eligible to apply for their teaching certificate.
The following steps outline the process to apply for and obtain an initial certification.
You may find this resource helpful when selecting teaching endorsements or subject areas you will be credentialed to teach.
Application for SD teacher certification is done online.
Click here to begin and click on APPLY and enter your information.
Your application will not be processed or verified until your transcript has been finalized with a graduation date. In addition, some states have very strict timeline guidelines for the certification process thus be sure you are checking this before you initiate the process. Finalized transcripts showing a graduation date will not be processed until after finals week during the term of program completion. It is the applicant's responsibility to arrange for a finalized, official transcript required for the application process; click here for information on transcript requests.
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.
Processing time varies but can take up to 9 weeks.
SD requires anyone applying for an initial or renewal certificate as a teacher, administrator or other education professional to participate in a minimum of one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training--this requirement begins July 1, 2017. Information about suicide awareness and prevention training (Senate Bill 129 passed by the 2016 Legislature) is available online.
Check online within your account or contact the SD DOE via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about your application status.
If you are interested in seeking teacher certification for other states, contact Augustana University's Certification Officer for guidance.
STATE DOE LINKS and TEACHING JOB PLACEMENT INFORMATION BY STATE:
- Dr. Sharon Andrews, Certification Officer