South Dakota Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 12 schools)

SD Dept of Education:
Teacher Certification in SD:
South Dakota Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in South Dakota. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in South Dakota, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


South Dakota wasn’t settled until the 1870s, but it quickly made its mark in Old West lore. In 1876, Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed in a saloon in Deadwood, immortalizing the town. South Dakota routinely ranks among the best places to live in the nation. The state’s smaller schools are facing a troubling shortage of teachers, however.

Teacher Education in South Dakota

Aspiring teachers in South Dakota can choose from more than 10 schools. They offer plenty of opportunity for graduate study on the master’s level, but doctoral programs are limited. Scholarships are available for education students, and the state also offers money for those willing to work in needed subject areas or underserved schools.

Teaching Careers in South Dakota

Teacher pay in South Dakota is relatively low at around $37,000 to $42,000 a year, according to 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Signing bonuses are available for teachers working in high-need schools or subject areas. The state also has a centralized teacher placement website to help teachers find work.

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