Is teaching considered a "profession" in South Dakota?

Yes.  The South Dakota Legislature has declared teaching to be a profession. The Legislature stated that "It is declared to be in the interest of the state that the profession be recognized and that the profession accept its responsibilities in the development and promotion of standards of ethics, conduct, performance, preparation, and practices. . . . the teaching profession includes those persons certificated by the secretary of the Department of Education as classroom teachers, administrators, and other education specialists employed in public, federal, and private schools."