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South Dakota Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 26 schools)

SD Dept of Education:
http://doe.sd.gov/
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.

Overview

Although the field of teaching is important all over the United States, this shows up in different ways in each state. For example, South Dakota is a state that is largely covered with rural and remote communities. In order to meet the diverse educational needs of students, school districts have joined up to pool their resources.

As a result, South Dakota now has 14 educational co-ops. These co-ops allow smaller districts to make use of other districts' resources to improve services to special needs and exceptional students.

If you want to become part of the teaching community of South Dakota and improve students' lives, keep reading to learn more about teaching programs in South Dakota.

Teacher Education in South Dakota

As you evaluate the variety of teaching programs in South Dakota, you may be wondering about paying for your degree. Since teaching is considered a high demand profession in this state, you may be able to apply for a variety of loans, grants, and scholarships. South Dakota options include the Critical Teaching Needs Scholarship, which is awarded through the South Dakota Department of Education.

Choosing the right degree for your previous experience and your long-term career goals can take a bit of time. If you already have a Bachelor's degree, you may want to look into alternative certification programs or Master's degree programs. Both of these programs tend to be very competitive, so a history of strong academic performance is important. If you do not yet have an undergraduate degree, look into Bachelor's degree programs in early, elementary, secondary, or special education.

Looking through the curricula of different programs can prepare you for the challenges of an education degree. By the time you graduate, you should be ready to take your place in any classroom in your licensure level and effectively teach your students. If you plan on earning a Master's degree in education, you may accomplish these goals through courses like Comprehension and the Content Areas, Education for Justice, Designing Classroom Assessments, Introduction to Inclusive Education and Disability Studies, and Psychology of Adolescence.

Teaching Careers in South Dakota

When you start preparing for your career by looking into job openings, you may also want to start networking with experienced teachers and administrators. The South Dakota Education Association is one of the largest resources for South Dakota teachers, as it is connected with the National Education Association.

Job growth rates in South Dakota mirror those reported nationally. A 9% increase in jobs for elementary school teachers is expected through 2022, and a 2% boost in jobs is predicted for secondary school teachers (O*Net, 2015).

  • Elementary School Teachers in South Dakota: $39,530 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Secondary School Teachers in South Dakota: $40,150 per year (BLS, 2015)
  • Post-Secondary Teachers in South Dakota: Salary information unavailable

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