How to Become a Teacher in North Dakota

As North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, and has experienced a period of drastic population growth over the last decade, the state has recently seen its student and teacher populations rise. Read on to see what steps are required for those interested in becoming a teacher in North Dakota.

Teacher’s Salary in North Dakota

The average salary for a North Dakota certified teacher in 2010-2011 was $43,395, but it should be noted that this number is the state average, and many districts may pay over this amount depending upon a teacher’s highest degree level attained and years of classroom experience.

Education Requirements

North Dakota’s teacher certification process is governed by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board. To apply for licensure, click here. Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and successful completion of a state approved teacher education program, usually in the form of student teaching. A minimum GPA of 2.5 will apply to most applicants. Specific requirements for licensure can be found here.

North Dakota Teaching Certification

North Dakota’s prospective teachers should begin with the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board. Basic requirements for North Dakota teacher certification can be found here. A state approved, regionally accredited bachelor’s degree in a relevant or related field, successful completion of a teacher education program with field experience, and passage of necessary Praxis examination(s) are the key components of teacher certification in North Dakota.

Required Tests

As of 2006, North Dakota requires all first-time elementary school licensure applicants (Grades 1-6) to successfully complete the Praxis II: Elementary and the Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching examinations. Middle and secondary school teachers must meet or exceed the minimum score for the Praxis II subject area exams, as well. More information can be found here.

State Certification Reciprocity

The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board explains North Dakota’s reciprocity for state certification. Reciprocal licensure can be gained by out-of-state teachers, as long as there is an agreement to complete full North Dakota licensure within two to four years. For those getting their bachelor’s degree out of state, application for an Initial License is preferred.

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