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Professional Licensure and Certification

Professional Licensure and Certification Programs

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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. Professional licensure and certification information is provided per U.S. Federal Regulations 34 CFR § 668.50 (2016 Rules)34 CFR § 668.43 (2019 Rules), 34 CFR § 668.14(b)(32) (2023 Rules) and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Policy Manual.

The curriculum for a number of degree programs at SDSU have been designed to meet the licensure or certification requirements in South Dakota and prepare students to sit for licensure exams in South Dakota.

Requirements for licensure or certification do vary by each state and students learning online, participating in field experiences, or with the intent of returning or moving any state or territory other than South Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state.  In the Professional Licensure and Certification Programs Disclosure Map below you will be able to identify where SDSU programs meet, do not meet, or not yet determined to meet a state’s educational requirements for licensure or certification.

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Per the U.S. Federal Regulations 34 CFR§ 668.14(b)(32) (2023 Rules), SDSU is unable to enroll students who will be physically located in a state or territory on the first day of class in the licensure program in which the SDSU professional licensure or certification program does not meet or not yet determined to meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification.

Relocating to a different state after admission into a degree program may impact whether a student can remain in the degree program, meet the state licensure requirements and/or continue to receive financial aid funding. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the institution of a change in physical location.

For questions regarding licensure or certification requirements, please contact the designated program contact listed below by program.