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Old 03-10-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Custer, SD
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Default Can someone teach in SD without a teaching degree?

I have been thinking of teaching science in the 6th-12th grade range, but I was wondering if I could obtain a teaching license in SD with a bachelor's degree in the sciences? Or does the state absolutely require an education degree?


Update: I got that question answered. SD DOES have an alternative certification process, which looks to be manageable...next question: are science teachers in demand anywhere in the state?

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Old 03-10-2009, 11:57 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Sorry, I don't have a definite answer to your question. My understanding has always been that you need a degree in education in order to teach unless you're an instructor at one of the technical schools. Hopefully someone will come along who is more positive of their answer.

It MAY be possible that they would give you a certain amount of time to get the credentials you need and actually hire you to teach. You know, how some places let you work on your Master's Degree, but still hire you???

Strangely enough, my area isn't in need of science teachers. It kind of surprises me because science teachers and math teachers seemed to be in high demand a few years ago.

I hope things work out and let us know your findings.
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Old 03-10-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
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I really don't have an answer to your question either but maybe you could be a student teacher or an aide until you get your degree. Are there other states that you know of that don't require a teacher to have a degree?
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Victory Neighborhood Minneapolis
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No8fann is correct, you don't need an education degree to teach in SD - if you have a Bachelor's there is an alternative certification process (not sure what that is, but pretty sure that it is still around unless there was a recent change in the past year/ two).

As for science teachers demand - I couldn't say, I live in Minnesota - but there is likely as good of a chance for a need in this area as any. If you're willing to apply out at some of the rural districts (can get remote and pay's a fair amount less) your chances will be a lot higher considering that you don't have the education degree. Or you could sign up as a sub in the Sioux Falls School District - I had some friends that used to fairly steadily get assignments this way, but I couldn't say what the potential for this is like nowadays. The other potential option would be to apply to Teach for America as Pine Ridge reservation is now one of their program's locations - this would be very remote, but there are a lot of incentives to working for Teach for America if you can get accepted into it.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Custer, SD
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No8fann is correct, you don't need an education degree to teach in SD - if you have a Bachelor's there is an alternative certification process (not sure what that is, but pretty sure that it is still around unless there was a recent change in the past year/ two).

As for science teachers demand - I couldn't say, I live in Minnesota - but there is likely as good of a chance for a need in this area as any. If you're willing to apply out at some of the rural districts (can get remote and pay's a fair amount less) your chances will be a lot higher considering that you don't have the education degree. Or you could sign up as a sub in the Sioux Falls School District - I had some friends that used to fairly steadily get assignments this way, but I couldn't say what the potential for this is like nowadays. The other potential option would be to apply to Teach for America as Pine Ridge reservation is now one of their program's locations - this would be very remote, but there are a lot of incentives to working for Teach for America if you can get accepted into it.
Thank you - that is good information and definitely something I will look into!
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