Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC)

Pre-education requirements

The curriculum for a number of degree programs at Dakota State University (DSU) 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 at the following location: www.BORInstitution/licensure. 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.

Whenever possible, Dakota State University (DSU) will provide students information regarding whether our curriculum aligns with the requirements of your state licensing body.  However, we highly recommend that you contact the appropriate licensing boards for your intended profession and the DSU department advisor BEFORE you begin a program.  You can contact your department advisor or call 605-256-5049 or e-mail online@dsu.edu. DSU is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Professional Accountancy, Elementary Education, and Elementary Education/Special Education.

Professional Licensure and Certification links and resources:

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees

DSU Office of Online Education with the assistance of the College of Education is creating a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states.  We will be posting our findings soon. Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

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 listing below. 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. Call College of Education 605-256-5177 or email online@dsu.edu for further resources. Note: While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible. State requirements change frequently. It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.