South Dakota Teacher Certification Renewal

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Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in South Dakota


Teaching Certification Renewal

All South Dakota teaching certificates expire July 1 of their expiration year. Beginning January 1st of that year, you may renew your certificate online. You must have taken at least six renewal credits based upon the degree you hold:

  • If you hold a bachelor’s degree: three credits must be taken from a college/university and verified via transcript, the other three may be continuing education/professional development courses (one credit=15 continuing education contact hours)
  • If you hold a graduate degree or National Board certification: the six credits may consist of a combination of college courses and continuing education hours
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Reinstatement of Certification

Has your South Dakota teaching certificate lapsed? You may still apply online via the renewal method, if you have completed one of the following:

  • Six credits obtained in the past five years (these must be verified by transcript and taken at a college/university)
  • Praxis II test scores for your area of certification (if not passed prior to this)