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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Alternative Teacher Certification

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Admissions Information   

15 Credit Hours Required

The graduate certificate for Alternative Teacher Certification is intended for individuals who meet state requirements for alternative certification which include a valid Alternative Preliminary Certificate, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and an offer of employment from a public or Department-accredited school. Certification requires 15 transcripted credits covering the following topics: classroom management, teaching methods, student assessment, differentiated instruction, adolescent psychology, and South Dakota Indian studies.

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The University of South Dakota as of July 1, 2020, cannot confirm whether any particular course or program meets educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, contact the academic department offering your major or CDE at 605.658.6152 or by email at cde@usd.edu. USD is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage below.

Information about State Authorization & Professional Licensure

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