Teaching Here

What You Need to Know


Salaries range from $33,000 - $40,000.




Master's degree option is available from the University of South Dakota. Certification is two years, with an option to receive a 5-year certificate upon completion of Teach For America


Two years

Becoming Certified to Teach

  • Overview
  • Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
  • Is a master's degree required?
  • If I am interested in teaching past my 2 year corps commitment, am I able to do so?

Certification Requirements

TFA has a partnership with the South Dakota Department of Education for a two year alternative teaching certification. In order to qualify for this certification, and meet the highly qualified teacher requirements, corps members must complete the following:

  • Pass their Praxis II content test
  • Submit an alternative certification application along with supporting documents 

Upon receiving your two year certification, corps members must also complete the following to remain in compliance with state certification:

  • Participate in ongoing professional development (provided by TFA)
  • Participate in a teacher mentoring program (provided by TFA)
  • Complete six credit hours of education work in pedagogy and related fields of curriculum (provided by TFA)
  • Complete three credits of South Dakota Indian Studies, and three credits of human relations (through an accredited college or university)

Master's degree options are available through the University of South Dakota (USD) and Black Hills State University (BHSU).


Alternative Certification is for two years (your corps commitment), with an option to receive a 5-year certificate upon completion of Teach For America.

Placement School Locations

Subjects And Grade Levels

  • K-12
  • Elementary
  • Science
  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies/Humanities

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
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