Center for Continuing Studies

Traffic Safety Education

The Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education program will prepare you to teach driver’s education in a public, private or commercial school setting. You will learn how to teach students important life skills while improving your own driving skills. The program combines theories of instruction with practical application. You will do well in the program if you are a K-12 teacher looking to obtain driver education licensure or a licensed driver education instructor looking to update your knowledge and skills.

Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education (Graduate Certificate)

The Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education program will prepare you to teach driver’s education in a public, private or commercial school setting.

You will learn how to teach students important life skills while improving your own driving skills. The program combines theories of instruction with practical application. You will do well in the program if you are a K-12 teacher looking to obtain driver education licensure or a licensed driver education instructor looking to update your knowledge and skills.

Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education (Non-Credit Certificate)

The Center for Continuing Studies provides a noncredit offering for those seeking Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education certification in states that do not require a credit-based program.

Please be aware that some states only accept a credit-based option for licensing approval. Additionally, some students in noncredit-approved states may still choose a credit-based option, based on their desire for a pay lane change.

Those states that have already approved the noncredit option are Oklahoma and South Dakota. Wisconsin will accept either a noncredit or credit-based program.

If you are not sure whether you need a credit or noncredit version of the Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education program, or if you have additional licensure questions, please contact Mark Lee at: mdlee@stcloudstate.edu

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Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education (Undergraduate Coursework)

Graduate level coursework is only required in the K-12 education field for those teachers seeking lane changes. Commercial driving school employees and others who do not seek lane changes may take Traffic Safety Education coursework at the undergraduate level instead.

Teachers should check with their school administration to confirm whether graduate credit is indeed required.

See the university catalog for course information at the undergraduate level, and contact Sue Erickstad for more information.

Traffic Safety Education/Drivers Education Licensing Requirements

The Traffic Safety courses at SCSU prepare driver and traffic safety educators for several states, all of which have slightly different requirements. The program also prepares driver and traffic safety educators for private enterprises, who are licensed by the Department of Public Safety (DPS). These DPS-licensed candidates are not required to have a professional teaching license, and would thus not be eligible to be licensed through the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Please note that Sub, Tier II, & Administrator licenses alone do not allow one to be licensed through PELSB for the Driver and Traffic Safety endorsement. To apply for the Driver and Traffic Safety endorsement, Tier III or Tier IV professional teaching licensure is required. For more details, please see this licensure document.