Certificate Renewal for South Dakota Teachers

 

Certificate Renewal for South Dakota Teachers

Teacher
Administrator
Educational Specialist

Fifteen contact (clock) hours is equivalent to one renewal credit.

TCL offers online and site-based graduate credit for courses through regionally accredited university partners or non-credit PD courses

Teacher Certificate

All applicants renewing a Teacher Certificate must complete the following:

• An approved Suicide Awareness and Prevention training

Renewal Options for a Professional Teaching Certificate:

• Option 1: Complete six education-related credits that must include:
• A minimum of three transcripted credits or specialized learning experience hours; and
• The remaining three credits shall include continuing education contact hours or transcripted credits.
• If you have a master’s degree or higher you may renew with any combination of six education-related credits. Transcripted credits are not required.

• Option 2: Participate as a mentee in a state-approved mentor program for at least two of the past five-years (certificate of completion is required).

• Option 3: Participate as a mentor in a state-approved mentor program for at least two of the past five-years (certificate of completion is required).

• Option 4: Complete national board certification or recertification within the past five-years.

Renewal Options for an Advanced Teaching Certificate:

• Option 1: Complete six education-related transcripted credits, specialized learning experience hours, or continuing education contact hours.

• Option 2: Participate as a mentor in a state-approved mentor program at least two of the past five-years (completion of certificate is required).

• Option 3: Complete national board certification or recertification within the past five-years.

Renewal Requirements for an Invalid Teaching Certificate:

If all requirements for renewal have not been met by October 1 of the year of expiration the certificate is invalid. To renew an invalid certificate the applicant must complete six transcripted credit hours. This applies to those with a professional and advanced teaching certificate.

Administrator Certificate

All applicants renewing an Administrator Certificate must complete the following:

• An approved Suicide Awareness and Prevention training

Renewal Options for a Professional Administrator Certificate:

Complete six education-related credits that must include:

• A minimum of three transcripted credits or specialized learning experience hours; and
• The remaining three credits shall include continuing education contact hours or transcripted credits.
• If you have a master’s degree or higher you may renew with any combination of six education-related credits. Transcripted credits are not required.

Renewal Options for an Advanced Administrator Certificate:

• Complete six education-related transcripted credits, specialized learning experience hours, or continuing education contact hours.

Renewal Requirements for an Invalid Administrator Certificate:

• If all requirements for renewal have not been met by October 1 of the year of expiration the certificate is invalid. To renew an invalid certificate the applicant must complete six transcripted credit hours. This applies to those with a professional and advanced administrator certificate. A one year Temporary Certificate is available.

Education Specialist Certificate

Renewal Options for an Education Specialist Certificate:

• Option 1: Complete six education-related transcripted credits, specialized learning experience hours, or continuing education contact hours.

• Option 2: Complete national board certification or recertification as a School Counselor (NCSC certificate of completion is required) within the past five-years.

• Option 3: Complete national board certification or recertification as a School Psychologist (certificate of completion is required) within the past five-years

Renewal Requirements for an Invalid Education Specialist Certificate:

If all requirements for renewal have not been met by October 1 of the year of expiration the certificate is invalid. To renew an invalid certificate the applicant must complete six transcripted credit hours. A one-year Temporary Certificate is available.

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[content updated July 2021]