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South Dakota Teaching Certificate Programs

Below you’ll find a comprehensive listing of the Graduate Teaching Certificate programs available from schools in South Dakota. If you’re looking for initial teacher certification programs, check out either our list of Bachelors in Education Programs or South Dakota Alternative Certification Programs. Most of the programs down below are for people who are already teachers.

According to the South Dakota Department of Education, the number of students taking AP exams increased by 27 percent and the number of students passing them increased by 15 percent in a five-year time period. However, the entire state of South Dakota only employs about 18 gifted and talented teachers who have special training to help advanced students thrive. This is a stark contrast to the almost 700 special education teachers and thousands of general Pre-k-12 teachers in the state. Teachers who have a gifted education add-on certificate may find themselves in demand if the numbers of advanced students keep rising. Other U.S. Department of Education teacher shortage areas for South Dakota during the 2011-2012 school year include bilingual education, math, science, Spanish, special education, and technology applications.

Featured Schools in South Dakota

Black Hills State University offers add-on certificates that range from physical education to reading specialist education. They offer certificates in the teacher shortage areas of special education, science, and math education. BHSU also offers a gifted education add-on certificate. Oglala Lakota College, a school run by the Sioux Native American tribe, offers an add-on certificate in special education. South Dakota employed over 600 pre-k and elementary special education teachers in May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Finally, South Dakota teachers can earn add-on certificates online through Indiana-based Ball State University. The University offers a completely virtual gifted and talented education certificate that features an accelerated, eight-week format.

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