Teacher Certification in North Dakota
In April of 2019, North Dakota partnered with American Board which caused changes to their teacher certification process. Read further to learn more about becoming a certified teacher in North Dakota.
Teachers are an integral part of any child's development. In North Dakota the Educational Standards and Practices Board has partnered with American Board to prepare teachers for the classroom. The chart below shows the education requirements, job duties, and salary of teachers in North Dakota.
|Education Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|License Requirements||Teaching license issued by the state of North Dakota|
|Testing Requirements||Passing scores on American Board subject area and pedagogy exams|
|Additional Requirements||Successful completion of the American Board alternative program|
|Key Responsibilities||Instruct students in the area of their specialty|
|Job Growth (2018-2028)||3% (kindergarten and elementary school nationwide), 3% (middle school nationwide), 4% (high school nationwide)*|
|Mean Salary for North Dakota Teachers (May 2018)||$55,860 (elementary school), $60,900 (middle school), $55,400 (high school)*|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Are the Job Duties of a Teacher?
Teachers work to educate students and help them grow as both scholars and people. Teachers are responsible for the creation of lesson plans, homework, and tests. Teachers measure student progress through grading projects, homework, and tests. Outside of the classroom teachers may be responsible for supervising students in the halls, during lunch, and during recess. Additionally, teachers need to keep parents informed of their children's behavior and progress.
What Are the Educational Requirements?
North Dakota requires that teachers have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. There is no requirement that one's degree needs to be in education or in the subject the person intends to teach. However, one may find it easier to pass the pedagogy and subject area exams if one has earned his/her degree in one of these majors.
What Is the American Board Alternative Program?
The American Board alternative program is an educator preparation program, the completion of which is a mandatory part of the teacher certification process. The program is self-paced and completed entirely online. When one signs up for the program they choose to study for a certification in biology, chemistry, elementary education, English, general science, history, math, or physics. Prospective teachers can also bundle a Reading Endorsement with an Elementary Education certification. The current cost of the American Board alternative program is $1900.
What Are the Background Check Requirements?
Background checks are handled through the Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB). Two fingerprint cards must be completed by one's local law enforcement agency and delivered to the ESPB. One must include a money order of $44.50 payable to ESPB and completed ESPB Fingerprint Verification and BCI Criminal History Record Check forms when delivering their fingerprint cards. A background check will then be completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Are There Any Requirements After One Has Begun Teaching?
To keep one's teaching certificate there are additional requirements one must fulfill within their first two years of teaching. One must complete coursework in cultural diversity which includes Native American studies and teaching diverse learners. One also must complete Youth Mental Health Competency training. Additionally, one must complete the American Board's clinical experience program and the North Dakota Teacher Support System-approved mentor program.