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.

The application for South Dakota 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 the South Dakota Department of Education (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 your 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.

Information about how to obtain a coaching endorsement for the state of South Dakota can be found online at ARSD and SDHSAA.

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, a requirement that began on 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 certification@state.sd.us with questions about your application status.

Upon program completion and graduation from Augustana University, teacher candidates may apply for certification. Our program positions teacher candidates to meet the certification requirements outlined by the state of South Dakota. Graduates of our Teacher Education Program are eligible to pursue certification in other states but may need to take additional coursework or licensure tests to be fully credentialed in other states including the following:  AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY. Information about certification requirements for all states is available by clicking here.






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