Oct 31, 2020  
NSU Catalog 2020-2021 
NSU Catalog 2020-2021

Teacher Education Certification Only

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K-12 Content Areas and 7-12 Content Areas

This academic certificate program provides an option for individuals who want to become teachers and who have baccalaureate degrees in K-12 or 7-12 content majors in which the South Dakota Board of Education certifies teachers. This certification-only program prepares prospective teachers with the necessary pedagogical knowledge and skills to succeed as K-12 or secondary teachers.

Admission Requirements:

Testing Requirements:

  • Passing scores on Praxis I CORE tests in reading, writing and mathematics OR ACT composite score of 19 or higher.
  • Successful completion of the Praxis II Content Exam in the major area of preparation.


  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts from institutions attended previously.
  3. Complete a declaration of program and pass the Praxis II content exam.
  4. Make application for admission to teacher education at the School of Education Office.
  5. Take the Praxis I CORE tests.
  6. Take the Praxis II PLT exam during student teaching experience.
  7. The Northern State University transcript will indicate that the student has completed the certification requirements for the chosen program. Northern State University will grant its institutional recommendation when the student applies for certification.


This program is recognized by the South Dakota Department of Education and meets South Dakota requirements for certification. It may or may not be recognized by other states certification/licensing agencies.

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