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North Dakota Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $51,090
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $51,400
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

 

 

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. CertificationMap.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/11/2018

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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.

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Master’s Requirements

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.

Click to learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: North Dakota Teacher Preparation

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.

Alternative Certification

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.

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Step Three: North Dakota Required Tests

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).

Praxis CORE

Praxis CORE
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

156 
160 
150

Praxis CORE: Reading
Praxis CORE: Writing
Praxis CORE: Mathematics

Required for all K-12 areas of certification


PLT Assessment 

PLT Assessment
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

157

PLT: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education

160

PLT: Grades K-6

Elementary Education

160

PLT: Grades 5-9

Middle School Education

157

PLT: Grades 7-12

Secondary Education

See Above

PLT Assessment based on grade level certification

Special Education


Praxis II® Subject Assessment

Praxis II Subject Assessment
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

156

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education

153

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment

Elementary Education

164
165
150 
152


Middle School English Language Arts
Middle School Mathematics
Middle School Science
Middle School Social Studies

Middle School Education
English
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies


Secondary Education Certification

Secondry Education Certification
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

147

Agriculture

Agriculture

158

Art: Content
Knowledge

Art

153

Biology: Content Knowledge

Biology

154

Business Education: Content Knowledge

Business Education

147

Chemistry: Content Knowledge

Chemistry

150

General Science: Content Knowledge

Composite Science

171

Computer Science

Computer Science

132

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Theatre

Drama

149

Earth & Space Sciences: Content Knowledge

Earth Science

150

Economics

Economics

167

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge

English

153

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences

140

Geography

Geography

149

Government/Political Science

Government/Political Science

154

Health Education

Health Education

151

World & U.S. History: Content Knowledge

History

155

Marketing Education

Marketing Education

160

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

Mathematics

149

Music: Content Knowledge

Music

143

Physical Education: Content Knowledge

Physical Education

132

Physics: Content Knowledge

Physics

154

Psychology

Psychology

153

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

Social Studies

154

Sociology

Sociology

150

Speech Communication: Content Knowledge

Speech Communication

150

Technology Education

Technology Education

162

French: World Language

French

163

German: World Language

German

135

Latin

Latin

168

Spanish: World Language

Spanish

Special Education Certification 

Special Education Certification
Qualifying Score Required Test(s) Certification

151

Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications

Core Knowledge and Applications

159

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood

Early Childhood Special Education

160

Special Education: Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students

Education of Deaf & Hard of Hearing

154

Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavior Disorders/Emotional Disturbances

Emotional Disturbances

157

Gifted Education

Gifted & Talented Education

156

Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

151

Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities 

163

Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments


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Step Four: North Dakota Application Requirements

The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (NDESPB) requires the following to obtain an initial North Dakota teaching license:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a state-approved teacher program
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • At least 10 hours of full-time, supervised student teaching in desired certificate area
  • Recommendation from recent supervisors
  • Payment of application fees:
    • $30 to request initial application
    • $70 fee must accompany all in-state and out-of-state licensure applications
    • $175 for transcript review for out-of-state graduates
  • Fingerprint screening ($44.50)
  • Passing test scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators subtests and required Subject Assessments

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North Dakota Certification Reciprocity

North Dakota has limited reciprocity with other states, and in some cases will issue an Interim Reciprocal Licensure contingent on the recipient submitting a plan for completing all remaining North Dakota requirements. Contact the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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North Dakota Teacher Salary

  • 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
  • Average Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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North Dakota Certification Resources & Links

2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 204
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503
701-328-9641

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