Eligibility for reciprocity based on completion of approved program.
The Secretary may issue an educator certificate to the applicant for reciprocal certification who completes an approved program for educator certification and has:
(1) Received a teacher, administrator, or educator specialist license or certificate in a state other than South Dakota, exclusive of a temporary, emergency, substitute or provisional certificate. The license or certificate shall be equivalent to an educator certificate issued by the Secretary and meet all of the requirements of that state for full certification;
(2) Completed a successful student teaching, internship, field experience; and
(3) Provided verification from the licensing state that there are no prior or pending disciplinary actions against the certificate holder for actual or alleged ethics violations.
Adding preparations and endorsements to a valid out-of-state educator certificate.
If the applicant for reciprocal certification has a valid out-of-state certificate, preparations and endorsements may be added to the educator certificate based on a review of the out-of-state certificate and the equivalent South Dakota preparation programs and endorsements.
If an applicant for reciprocal certification has a categorical special education endorsement, the applicant must pass the state-designated content test to receive a K-12 special education endorsement.
If an applicant for reciprocal certification has a K-8 special education endorsement, the applicant must have a minimum of one year of teaching experience as a secondary teacher or pass the state-designated pedagogy test for the secondary level to receive a K-12 special education endorsement.
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