South Dakota – State Information

MEA President:  Bethany Amundson
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Kimberly Bruguier
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/12/2021
Adjourns: 3/12/2021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 2/25/2021
Budget Deadline TBD
Introduction Deadlines 2/4/2021
Governor Kristi Noem (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Lana J. Greenfield (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Bob Glanzer (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Alan D. Solano (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. R. Blake Curd (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 605-773-3842
Senate Secretary Contact 605-773-3825
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Shannon Malone, Title Administrator, 605-773-6400
Title IV Director Not found
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds Not Found – possible useful document:


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

SD K-8 Elementary Music
5-8 Secondary Music
K-12 Vocal Music
K-12 Instrumental Music
Professional License (5-year)
Advanced License (5-year)
None Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, or 7-12 No No Possible additional testing and/or coursework; South Dakota Indian Studies Course, Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training $60 application
$35 add an endorsement
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Starting Well 2020

South Dakota’s state education department issued guidance that gives discretion to local districts to set restart plans in consultation with local health officials. It recommends flexible plans that prioritize face-to-face instruction.

Title IV Success Stories