Early Childhood Education in South Dakota

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Schools Offering Early Childhood Education Programs in South Dakota

Each year, approximately 0.3% of South Dakota graduates receive degrees in early childhood education. Thus, South Dakota's 8 early childhood education schools put out approximately 74 early childhood education professionals each year.

Top Schools

South Dakota State University, which was ranked 68th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in South Dakota that has a early childhood education program. It is located in Brookings. In 2010, South Dakota State University graduated 49 students from its early childhood education program. Students at South Dakota State University paid $6,444 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in South Dakota with a early childhood education program is University of Sioux Falls, which is located in Sioux Falls. In 2010, it was ranked 76th nationwide. In 2010, 2 students graduated from University of Sioux Falls early childhood education program. University of Sioux Falls charged in-state students $21,890 in tuition fees per year.

The third-ranked school in South Dakota with a early childhood education program is Presentation College, which is located in Aberdeen. In 2010, it was ranked 79th nationwide. In 2010, 0 students graduated from Presentation College early childhood education program. The tuition rate at Presentation College was $15,135 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of South Dakota's early childhood education schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $8,663 per year, though tuition can range from $21,890 per year to $2,396 per year. The South Dakota early childhood education schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. University of Sioux Falls - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $21,890 per year
  2. Presentation College - located in Aberdeen, students are charged $15,135 per year
  3. Kilian Community College - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $9,372 per year

The lowest tuition rates at South Dakota early childhood education schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Oglala Lakota College - located in Kyle, students are charged $2,396 per year
  2. Sinte Gleska University - located in Mission, students are charged $3,154 per year
  3. Sisseton Wahpeton College - located in Sisseton, students are charged $3,960 per year

An early childhood education degree from a South Dakota school... what next?

early childhood education graduates in South Dakota can go into a variety of professions such as kindergarten teacher, elementary school teacher, and preschool director. In 2010, there were 5,410 early childhood education professional working in South Dakota, including 800 preschool teachers, 500 kindergarten teachers, and 4,060 elementary school teachers. In South Dakota, the largest numbers of early childhood education professional work in the following counties:

  1. Beadle County - 1,550 early childhood education professionals
  2. Lincoln County - 1,460 early childhood education professionals
  3. Bennett County - 840 early childhood education professionals


early childhood education professionals in South Dakota make an average of $39,303 per year. In 2010, however, some South Dakota early childhood education professional earned as little as less than $18,950 per year or as much as more than $65,630 per year. Early childhood education professionals in the following South Dakota counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Meade County - $40,820 per year
  2. Beadle County - $34,563 per year
  3. Bennett County - $34,017 per year

The South Dakota counties with the lowest average salary for early childhood education professionals are:

  1. Aurora County - $32,673 per year
  2. Lincoln County - $33,993 per year
  3. Bennett County - $34,017 per year

The early childhood education professionals with highest average salaries in South Dakota were:

  1. Preschool Director - $53,300 per year
  2. Elementary School Teacher - $39,350 per year
  3. Kindergarten Teacher - $37,250 per year

On average, the lowest paid early childhood education professionals in South Dakota were:

  1. Kindergarten Teacher - $37,250 per year
  2. Preschool Teacher - $27,310 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in early childhood education in South Dakota and to compare salaries with various related fields such as early childhood education or , take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education in South Dakota
  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education in South Dakota

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,560 miles from location South Dakota State University Brookings SD 31.8924 55% 12,376
6,906 miles from location Black Hills State University Spearfish SD 19.3478 54% 4,076
6,834 miles from location Oglala Lakota College Kyle SD 5.47762 n/a 1,804
6,562 miles from location University of Sioux Falls Sioux Falls SD 24.3457 41% 1,570
6,757 miles from location Sinte Gleska University Mission SD 13.4932 n/a 936
6,636 miles from location Presentation College Aberdeen SD 21.2999 58% 679
6,562 miles from location Kilian Community College Sioux Falls SD 6.73111 n/a 336
6,856 miles from location Sisseton Wahpeton College Sisseton SD 9.22432 n/a 237

Curious what studying Early Childhood Education gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in South Dakota

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education + 4,060 $39,350 2.3%
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education + 800 $27,310 56.9%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education + 500 $37,250 8.7%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program + 50 $53,300 -16.7%

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