South Dakota Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

The information found below serves as a guide for anyone interested in becoming a teacher in South Dakota. All teachers in the state must complete a teacher preparation program at an accredited school in order to become eligible for work in the state’s education system. Fortunately, there are several colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in South Dakota. For useful information on the various options for aspiring teachers in the state, take a look at the list of accredited teacher preparation programs and student reviews found below. For aspiring teachers looking for the right teaching school in South Dakota that meets their needs, this guide is a great place to start.

School Facts

  • There are 14 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in South Dakota.1
  • 10 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Augustana College, 66%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Mount Marty College, 39%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Presentation College, $19,180.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Oglala Lakota College, $2,510.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in South Dakota*: $9,077-$27,380.2
  • One school ranked in US News Regional Universities (Midwest) in 2013 (top 100): Dakota State University (98).
  • Two schools ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 500): Augustana College (187), University of South Dakota (434).
  • Seven teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

South Dakota State University: Located in Brookings, South Dakota State University is home to the College of Education and Human Sciences. The College operates out of its vast faculty knowledge and dedication to undergraduate and graduate teaching and research through its programs, research centers and partnerships. The College includes the departments of Consumer Sciences, Health and Nutrition Sciences, Teaching, Learning and Leadership, and Counseling and Human Development. Leadership is quite the buzzword within the education sector, but SDSU strives to make it more than an empty maxim by living out the principles of educational leadership and depositing them within the character of its students. All education majors must adhere to rigorous curriculum no matter what academic level or major they are studying. Students can choose from nearly 100 different areas of interest at the undergrad and graduate levels.

University of South Dakota: The University of South Dakota is home to the institution’s School of Education that houses the divisions of Curriculum and Instruction, Counseling and Educational Psychology, Educational Administration, and Kinesiology and Sport Science. Education majors interested in teaching at the elementary or secondary levels must meet the admissions standards of the School by completing 45 credit hours, earning a passing score on a skills test, participating in an interview with faculty members, and earning cumulative GPA of at least 2.6. Students at the undergraduate level are able to obtain field experiences as soon as their freshman year in order to make sure the major is a good fit. USD students graduating from the School of Education are known for their dedication, ingenuity, passion, and competence in their respective fields. Students can choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate majors.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and ranked 1,100 college programs that offer teacher preparation courses (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the organization’s results, three programs in South Dakota made the “honor roll” rating of 3 stars or higher. Read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in South Dakota received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

Dakota State University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
Northern State University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
University of South Dakota (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
South Dakota State University (Undergraduate Secondary) 2-5stars
Dakota State University (Undergraduate Elementary) 2stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Augustana College
  • Black Hills State University
  • Dakota State University
  • Northern State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Sioux Falls
  • University of South Dakota

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in South Dakota

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in South Dakota

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Augustana College-Sioux Falls
2001 S Summit Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57197-0001
(605) 274-0770

Black Hills State University
1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799-9500
(605) 642-6011

Dakota State University
820 N Washington
Madison, SD 57042-1799
(605) 256-5111

Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 W University Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301-4398
(605) 995-2600

Mount Marty College
1105 W. 8th Street
Yankton, SD 57078-3724
(800) 658-4552

Northern State University
1200 S Jay St
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198
(605) 626-3011

Sinte Gleska University
E. Highway 18
Mission, SD 57555-0105
(605) 856-8100

South Dakota State University
Administration Lane
Brookings, SD 57007-1898
(605) 688-4151

University of Sioux Falls
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1699
(605) 331-5000

University of South Dakota
414 E Clark St
Vermillion, SD 57069-2390
(605) 677-5301

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/