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To become a certified teacher in North Dakota, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit a North Dakota teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: North Dakota Prerequisite Coursework
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Here are North Dakota’s undergraduate prerequisites for some of the most popular specialty areas:
Elementary Education: 34 semester hours or 50 quarter hours of professional education coursework.
Secondary English/Language Arts: 26 semester or 40 quarter hours of professional education coursework.
Secondary Mathematics: 26 semester or 40 quarter hours of professional education coursework.
Secondary History/Social Science: 26 semester or 40 quarter hours of professional education coursework.
Secondary Science: 26 semester or 40 quarter hours of professional education coursework.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program.
Typically, teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design, and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more teacher scholarships specific to the State of North Dakota, visit our North Dakota Teacher Scholarships page.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive a one-year Alternate Access License provided that their degree is a content area where a vacancy exists and they plan to complete a teaching degree program over the next three years. See NDESPB’s Types of License page for more information.
In order to obtain your North Dakota state teacher certification, all applicants must complete and pass the appropriate Praxis exams required for initial licensure. All applicants must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test, the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test in their grade level, and any Praxis Subject Assessments required for their certification area(s).
Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: The North Dakota University System provides loan repayment support for teachers who work in shortage subject areas as identified by the Department of Instruction.
Policies in place that articulate elements of effective induction: The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board has limited induction policies in place, including a first-year Teaching Support System.
Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $51,090, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $51,400, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics