What is articulation?
Articulation is a cooperative effort between South
Dakota’s high schools and technical institutes. It links high schools with
certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs. It provides students
with an opportunity to receive credit for skills previously learned.
How does it work?
South Dakota students are eligible to articulate technical courses at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) if their high school program is an Office of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education (OCCTE) approved program. The core standards are evaluated in each Career Cluster and compared to the curriculum in the programs at MTI. Articulation agreements are then developed when the standards in a secondary course and the curriculum in the MTI course are comparable in content and rigor. Please contact OCCTE at 605-773-3423 for approved program verification.
In addition, all students are also eligible to articulate their high school Algebra II/Advanced Algebra course to Mitchell Tech with a qualifying placement test score.
Please see the following articulation guidelines for additional requirements and information.
How does it benefit students?Achieve a B or better in these courses and you will
earn technical institute credit while attending high school.
You will save money on tuition, fees, and books if
you attend a South Dakota technical institute.
It allows you to take higher level courses at the
technical institute earlier.
It will allow you to expand your skills by taking
higher-level course work which will increase your options in your field
You will be on your way to obtaining a high-paying
How do you know which courses at your school are eligible?
Your career and technical education teachers (CTE) teachers and high school counselors can provide information on the courses available for articulation at your school. In addition, you may contact OCCTE at 605-773-3423 for approved program verification.
How do you receive credit?
When you enroll at a state-supported technical
institute you need to tell an admissions representative about the
articulated course work that you completed successfully during high school.
South Dakota Articulation Guidelines
- All students enrolled under the articulation
agreement shall meet the admissions standards established by that
- To receive articulated credit, the student must
have completed the high school course within the last three years.
- For a student to articulate courses after the three
year time limit, an assessment of skill mastery will be required.
- A minimum of a “B” in the course(s) to be
articulated is required.
- No grade will be assigned for articulated credit.
These courses will not be counted in determining post-secondary grade
- The credits articulated will count toward the total
number needed for graduation from the program.
- Tuition is not charged for the articulated
- Articulation agreements will be reviewed on an
annual basis as well as during the program review cycle at the
- Articulated courses will be honored by all
post-secondary institutes for those course(s) that have common course
names and numbers.
- All articulation agreements between secondary
schools and the technical institutes reflect only the transfer ability
of credit between these agencies and not with state universities.