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CTE Teacher Certificate Application Process

Secondary Teacher Information

Steps to apply for an initial certificate for the following career and technical instructor endorsements:

Code Endorsement Title Adminstrative Rule
6101 7-12 auto body technology 24:15:06:43
6102 7-12 automotive technology 24:15:06:44
6104 7-12 building trades endorsement 24:15:06:45
6141 7-12 computer aided manufacturing 24:15:06:46
6723 7-12 computer cabling technology 24:15:06:47
6721 7-12 computer networking technology 24:15:06:48
6722 7-12 computer repair and maintenance 24:15:06:49
6111 7-12 culinary arts and restaurant management 24:15:06:50
6105 7-12 drafting 24:15:06:51
6107 7-12 electronics 24:15:06:52
6118 7-12 graphic design 24:15:06:53
6114 7-12 health science 24:15:06:54
6110 7-12 machine tool technology 24:15:06:55
6113 7-12 multi media 24:15:06:56
6109 7-12 welding 24:15:06:57

1. Send in verification of an offer of employment
2. Complete an alternative certification application
3. Complete work verification form documenting 4000 hours in related field of instruction and/or official transcripts verifying completion of AAS degree in related field of instruction or national certification
4. Submit $20 check or money order made out to SD Dept. of Education to process application.
5. Mail forms to:
Department of Education
Office of Accreditation & Teachers Quality
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

Professional development requirements over the first two years of instruction.

Participation in a mentorship program
Participation in professional learning community
Completion of professional development in the following areas:
classroom management,
instructional strategies/differentiating instruction,
and assessment
Development of a professional portfolio

Upon completion of the program submit:

Verification of completion of program requirements
Letter of recommendation from local administration to receive a 5 year career and technical education instructor certificate
Renewal application
$30 check or money order made out to SD Dept. of Education to process application.
Complete 6 credits over the next five years, of which at least three credits must be transcripted credits.

Post Secondary Credential

Complete and submit Post Secondary Application and Conduct Review Statement
- Download list of available credentials
- Submit post secondary verification of work experience if required.
- Verify 6,000 hours of work experience in field of requested credential
Submit original transcripts for all degrees granted & currently completed coursework.
Submit check or money order made out to SD Dept. of Ed. for application processing
Mail all forms to:
Department of Education Office of Accreditation & Teacher Quality 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501


For further information, contact Roxie Thielen or (605) 773-4669.