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Schools Offering Teaching Programs in South Dakota

Around 2.6% of South Dakota's graduates graduate from teaching degree programs every year. That means an estimated 573 teachers graduate from South Dakota's 14 teaching schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in South Dakota that has a teaching program is Augustana College. Augustana College, which was ranked 32nd in the country in 2010, is located in Sioux Falls. 36 students graduated with a degree in teaching from Augustana College in 2010. Augustana College charged in-state students $25,104 in tuition fees per year.

University of South Dakota, which was ranked 36th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in South Dakota that has a teaching program. It is located in Vermillion. In 2010, University of South Dakota graduated 145 students from its teaching program. The tuition rate at University of South Dakota was $6,762 per year.

The third-ranked school in South Dakota with a teaching program is Dakota Wesleyan University, which is located in Mitchell. In 2010, it was ranked 46th nationwide. In 2010, 15 students graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University teaching program. Tuition at Dakota Wesleyan University was $19,850 per year.


Teaching schools in South Dakota, charge students an average tuition of $10,983 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $25,104 per year, or as little as $2,396 per year. The South Dakota teaching schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Augustana College - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $25,104 per year
  2. University of Sioux Falls - located in Sioux Falls, students are charged $21,890 per year
  3. Mount Marty College - located in Yankton, students are charged $19,932 per year

The lowest tuition rates at South Dakota teaching 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

A teaching degree from a South Dakota school... what next?

Some of the most popular jobs teaching graduates in South Dakota pursue include primary school education administrator, education administrator, business teacher, computer science teacher, and mathematical science teacher. South Dakota had 10,140 teachers in 2010. 170 of these teachers were english teachers, 610 were primary school education administrators, and 200 were education administrators. The following counties have the largest number of South Dakota teachers:

  1. Beadle County - 3,000 teachers
  2. Lincoln County - 2,690 teachers
  3. Bennett County - 1,500 teachers


On average, teachers earn $55,098 per year. In 2010, however, some South Dakota teacher earned as little as less than $22,400 per year or as much as more than $125,180 per year. On average teacher earn the most in the following South Dakota counties:

  1. Lincoln County - $53,747 per year
  2. Meade County - $51,111 per year
  3. Bennett County - $45,741 per year

The following counties in South Dakota have the lowest average salaries for teacher:

  1. Aurora County - $43,510 per year
  2. Beadle County - $44,569 per year
  3. Bennett County - $45,741 per year

On average, the highest paid teachers in South Dakota were:

  1. Education Administrator - $92,230 per year
  2. Computer Science Teacher - $70,700 per year
  3. Health Specialties Teacher - $69,900 per year

The teachers with lowest average salaries in South Dakota were:

  1. Kindergarten Teacher - $37,250 per year
  2. Literacy Teacher - $30,700 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional South Dakota statistics regarding a career in teaching. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as early childhood education or special education.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Teaching in South Dakota
  • Bachelor's Degree in Teaching in South Dakota
  • Master's Degree in Teaching in South Dakota

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 4,060 $39,350 2.3%
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 2,090 $40,300 -0.5%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 660 $38,710 10.0%
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 610 $68,120 5.2%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 500 $37,250 8.7%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 390 $30,700 39.3%
Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary 310 $46,100 -35.4%
Instructional Coordinators 260 $60,840 62.5%
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 220 $69,010 4.8%
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 200 $92,230 5.3%
Education Teachers, Postsecondary 180 $63,040 20.0%
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 170 $69,900 41.7%
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 170 $54,530 6.3%
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 140 $57,820 16.7%
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 130 $70,700 8.3%
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School 50 $42,960

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