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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the South Dakota region.

Teach For America is an alternative certification pathway in South Dakota. Corps members receive a one-year alternative teaching certificates that is renewable for their second year of teaching. In order to qualify for this certification, and meet the highly qualified teacher requirements, corps members must complete the following:

  • Pass their Praxis II content test
  • Submit an alternative certification application along with supporting documents

Becoming Certified to Teach

Corps members may apply for their five-year certification upon completion of their two-year commitment. To do so, they must:

  • Complete 15 credit hours of education work in pedagogy and related fields, three hours of which must be the Indian Studies course
  • Pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching exam for their grade level
  • Submit an application, fees, and documentation supporting that they have met all requirements

Graduate School 

Master's degree options are available through the University of South Dakota (USD) and Black Hills State University (BHSU).

TFA Training

Once you join Teach For America, you will engage with your fellow corps members and our staff virtually, and complete a suite of pre-work designed to orient you to our values and to the history of education in Native communities in South Dakota.

The summer before you begin teaching, Teach For America hosts a one-week training session in South Dakota, called induction. Immediately following induction, you will travel to Tulsa for Teach For America's five-week summer institute.

In early August, you will return to South Dakota for a one-week training called Kickoff to ensure you are ready to begin the school year. Throughout the year, you will work closely with your coach, whom we call managers of teacher leadership development (MTLDs), and your fellow corps members and alumni to grow professionally. You will engage in workshops and professional development sessions on an at-least monthly basis, often meeting more frequently. Our training focuses intensively on culturally-responsive pedagogy, cultural and historical knowledge, teacher identity development, college readiness, and family engagement.