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Professional Licensure and Certification

South Dakota State University offers a variety of courses and programs online and is committed to providing a quality education to help you reach your professional goals. Some professions require certification or licensure in order to practice/work in the field; for instance, a student must hold a teacher certification to teach or a nurse must be licensed to work in a hospital. The curriculum for a number of degree programs at South Dakota State University have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in South Dakota, and prepare students to sit for licensure exams in South Dakota. The various licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state and distance students with intent of returning or moving to any state other than South Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state.

Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of South Dakota can find information pertaining to the licensure requirements in their state in the following charts. You are encouraged to engage with an academic advisor prior to beginning any online academic program that would lead to licensure, in order to best understand the licensure program in your intended state of residence. Assistance will be provided to candidates by contacting the person listed in the program information below.


Agricultural Education (M.S.)

This program can lead to a South Dakota alternative certification teaching certificate in agricultural education. For additional information, please visit the SD Department of Education website.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Dr. P. Troy White.

AlabamaAlaskaAmerican SamoaArizonaArkansas
CaliforniaColorado*ConnecticutDelawareDistrict of Columbia
FloridaGeorgiaGuamHawaiiIdaho
IllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentucky
LouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichigan
MinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraska
NevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York
North CarolinaNorth DakotaNorthern Marian IslandsOhioOklahoma
OregonPennsylvaniaPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth Carolina
South DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermont
US Virgin IslandsVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsin
Wyoming    

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.


Chemistry (M.S.)

Specialization: Chemical Education

The Chemistry (M.S.) – Chemical Education specialization program is designed for in-service science teachers with a valid teacher’s license.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Dr. Matt Miller.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado*

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marian Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

US Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.


Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.)

Specializations: Adult and Higher Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education

This program does not lead to a South Dakota teaching certificate nor does it lead to an endorsement on the South Dakota teaching certificate. It is ideally suited for already certified teachers seeking to further develop their skills and for those who work in a role where certification is not an issue such as post-secondary education and staff development.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Katherine Bertolini.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado*

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marian Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

US Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.


Dietetics (M.S.)

The SDSU M.S. in Dietetics program requires that applicants possess a registered dietitian degree, are credentialed practitioners, or be registration eligible. The M.S. in Dietetics does not prepare you to be a registered dietitian.

For more information about the program, visit here. Or please contact Dr. Kendra Kattelmann.


Early Education & Care (B.S.)

The Early Education & Care program does not lead to certification. The state of South Dakota does not offer a B5 certificate.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Dr. Jennifer Kampmann.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado*

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marian Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

US Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.


Educational Administration (M.Ed.)

Specializations: Elementary Education; Secondary Education

Candidates completing the SDSU M.Ed. program in Educational Administration seeking a principal's endorsement are required to hold a valid teaching certificate from South Dakota and meet licensure requirements. For additional information, please visit the SD Department of Education website.

Additionally, candidates from other states must meet current requirements for their home state to be licensed in that state as a principal.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Katherine Bertolini.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado*

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marian Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

US Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.


Human Sciences (M.S.)

Specialization: Family & Consumer Sciences Education

For South Dakota Licensure a student must complete the FCSE endorsement of 20 credits, pass the PRAXIS exams and complete the Indians of North America requirement. 24:15:06:42. 7-12 family and consumer science education endorsement program. A 7-12 family and consumer science education endorsement program requires the passage of the designated state test and 20 semester hours of coursework, which include: six semester hours in nutrition and wellness, six semester hours in consumer and resource management, three semester hours in human development, three semester hours in family studies, and two semester hours of career and technical education preparation.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Dr. Nicole Graves.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado*

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marian Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

US Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.


Human Sciences (M.S.)

Specialization: Family Financial Planning

Graduates of the SDSU Human Sciences – Family Financial Planning program can gain eligibility to sit for the CFP Certification Exam. SDSU does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM title and CFP® (with flame logo) certification marks. CFP® Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered program, have met its ethics, experience and examination requirements.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP® (with flame logo), which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. This title may be used only by individuals who complete the CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements. For more information, please visit CFP Board.

For more information about the program, visit here. Or please contact Dr. Wookjae Heo.


Medical Lab Science (Upward Mobility) (B.S.)

SDSU’s Medical Laboratory Science program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, NAACLS, 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the certification examination as a medical laboratory scientist from the Board of Certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

South Dakota does not require licensure to work as an MT/MLS or MLT. For additional information and contacts by state, please visit The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) website.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in their home states and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Dr. Stacie Lansink.

As of September 25, 2017, only the following states and territories require licensure:

California

Florida

Georgia

Louisiana

Montana

Nevada

New York

Rhode Island

Tennessee

West Virginia

Puerto Rico Department of Health
Junta Examinadora de Tecnologos Medicos de Puerto Rico
Box 10200
Santurce, PR 00908-0200
Phone: 787-792-6400

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.

 

Nursing (RN to BSN)

SDSU’s RN to BSN in nursing program is nationally accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

The SDSU RN Upward Mobility program requires that applicants possess an active, unencumbered RN license in the state of practice prior to starting the program and continuing throughout the duration of the program. Each state has specific requirements for licensure; therefore, applicants and students are directed to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for additional information specific to their state of licensure.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Camilla Veire.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado*

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marian Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

US Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.


Nursing (M.S.)

Specializations: Nurse Educator; Clinical Nurse Leader; Nurse Administrator

SDSU’s graduate nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing.

The SDSU graduate nursing programs require that applicants possess an active, unencumbered RN license in the state of practice prior to starting the program and continuing throughout the duration of the program. Each state has specific requirements for licensure; therefore, applicants and students are directed to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for additional information specific to their state of licensure.

At this time SDSU cannot confirm this program or its courses meet requirements for professional licensure in states other than South Dakota. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in the student’s state and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to enrollment in the South Dakota State University program. Please contact Ms. Anna Atteberry-Gustafson.

Alabama

Alaska

American Samoa

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado*

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Marian Islands

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

US Virgin Islands

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

* Due to Colorado’s Workers’ Compensation Act, SDSU students are unable to participate in unpaid internships, clinicals, field experiences, etc. in the state of Colorado.

Questions regarding Professional Certification and Licensure can also be directed to Continuing and Distance Education here.