Welcome to our listing of Early Childhood Education and Training 
opportunities in South Dakota
Why become an Early Childhood Educator?

 Because you can demonstrate compassion, integrity, confidence and humor and if you love making a difference in the lives of children and families.

                        Because you can facilitate relationship building!

                                                    Because no day at work is ever the same!

Because Early Childhood teachers work with children at the start of their educational journey and you can be a Role Model!

Directory of South Dakota Colleges, Universities, and Tech Schools Offering Degrees or Certificates in Early Childhood Education or Development


Description of Degree/Certification

Black Hills State University

1200 University St

Spearfish, SD 57799


Early Childhood Special Education Major

Early Childhood Education Minor

Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

Lake Area Technical Institute

1201 Arrow Avenue

Watertown, SD 57201


Human Services Technician-Child Development Option

Associate of Applied Science Degree – Child Development

Oglala Lakota College

3 Mile Creek Road

Kyle, SD 57752


Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood

Early Childhood Child Development Associate (CDA) Training

PDF Files available at http://www.olc.edu/departments/ed/ed_degree_offerings.htm

Northern State University

1200 S Jay St

Aberdeen, SD 57401


Associate Degree in Early Childhood (2 yr)

Early Childhood Minor

Contact Jennifer Heib Jennifer.heib@northern.edu

Sinte Gleska University

101 Antelope Lake Circle

Mission, SD 57555-0105


Associate of Arts-Early Childhood

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education – Early Childhood


Southeast Technical Institute

2320 N Career Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57107


Early Childhood Specialist Associate of Applied Science

Early Childhood Support

South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD 57007


Early Childhood Education Major

Bachelor of Science in Early Education and Care (online prog)

Contact: Lynda Venhuizen 605-688-6155

University of South Dakota

414 E Clark St.

Vermillion, SD 57069


Elementary Ed & Early Childhood Bachelor of Science

Early Childhood Training Network

124 E Dakota Ave

Pierre, SD 57501


Child Development Associate (CDA) Training

120 hours formal education, Professional Resource File,

Formal Observation – CEU’s available for recertification

Family Resource Network

SDSU, Box 2218

Brookings, SD 57007


SD Child Development Associate (CDA)

2016 CDA Classes available in Brookings and Agency Village

Sanford Children’s CHILD Services

110 6th Ave SE Suite 100

Aberdeen, SD 57401


Child Development Associate (CDA)

Classes meet every Thursday beginning 1/5/17

Contact Rhonda Swanson at number listed or


Sanford Children’s CHILD Services

1115 W 41st St

Sioux Falls, SD 57105

605-333-0698 Ext. 4

Child Development Associate (CDA) Training

Monday nights from 6:30-9:00pm, September through May

Pathways to Professional Development
South Dakota Pathways to Professional Development is a statewide project recognizing those who work in child care, preschool, Head Start, Out-of-School Time and other programs serving the needs of children and families and may include practitioners with entry-level education or advanced degrees.

The goal of the Pathways project is to support those who actively pursue ongoing educational opportunities and professional commitments to the field. Participants can choose to participate by meeting the requirements of Levels I through VII of the Career Lattice.

Level 1- Introductory Informal Education

Level 2- Advanced Informal Education

Level 3- Professional Credential

Level 4- Apprenticeship or Higher Education Coursework

Level 5- Early Childhood Associate’s Degree

Level 6- Baccalaureate Degree

Level 7- Master’s and Doctoral Degree

Professional Training Areas
The following 15 categories represent professional training that all practitioners should receive in order to provide for the unique developmental needs of the children, youth and families they serve. Within each of these broad categories, various topics can be addressed and easily tracked for those enrolled in the Pathways to Professional Development Career Lattice.

  1. Child growth and development
  2. Child abuse and neglect
  3. Guidance and behavior management
  4. Observing children
  5. Identification and prevention of communicable diseases
  6. Program health and safety
  7. Nutrition for children
  8. Program management and regulation
  9. Interpersonal communication and relationships
  10. Cultural diversity
  11. Learning environments
  12. Age-appropriate planning
  13. Professionalism
  14. Partnerships with parents
  15. Inclusion of all children