Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - South Dakota


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://www.doe.sd.gov/oatq/teachercert.aspx
State information on reciprocity https://doe.sd.gov/board/packets/documents/011917/item12doc4.pdf
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? No. South Dakota is not a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes. All candidates must complete a three-credit South Dakota Indian Studies course and one clock hour of suicide awareness and prevention training. Applicants may receive a one-year provisional certificate if they have not passed South Dakota Indian Studies. This certificate may be renewed once. Source
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? No.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates with a categorical special education endorsement must pass the state-designated content test for a K-12 special education endorsement. Candidates with a K-8 special education endorsement must have a minimum of one year of teaching experience as a secondary teacher or pass the state designated pedagogy test for the secondary level to add the K-12 special education endorsement. No additional assessments are required of candidates meeting the requirements for reciprocity. Source
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Candidates who have completed an alternative certification program in another state must provide verification of three years of experience within the last five years to be eligible for reciprocity. Candidates who do not meet experience requirements must meet all of the South Dakota certification requirements. In addition, candidates for a K-8 special education endorsement must have a minimum of one year of teaching experience as a secondary teacher to be eligible for reciprocity. Candidates without this experience must pass the state designated pedagogy test for the secondary level to add the K-12 special education endorsement. Source
Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No.
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? No. South Dakota has three main licensure levels: one-year, five-year and ten-year. Out-of-state candidates must meet coursework and assessment requirements in order to be eligible for the five-year license.
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. The Department of Education is required to make a determination on the licensure application of a military spouse within 30 days of receiving the completed application. If the Secretary cannot make the determination within 30 days, a provisional certificate must be issued for a period of one year. Source

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