North Dakota

Initial licensure in North Dakota is a fairly simple process, with general requirements that apply to nearly every teacher. North Dakota provides options for both traditionally educated teachers as well as teachers who have taken on education as a second career. All teachers will be required to submit a fingerprint background check.

Following the traditional route to teaching in North Dakota means that you will need to complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a state agency-approved teacher education program. This education program must have general studies, professional pedagogy, and a program area major that is recognized by North Dakota. To qualify, all of your education must be completed with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.50. In addition to these requirements, you’ll need to provide three positive recommendations, two of which must be from qualified educational sources, the other from a source that can speak about your potential as a teacher. Unlike many other states, the educational requirement is the same for teachers who have been educated outside of the state of North Dakota, although verification of eligibility for licensure in your home state may be requested. North Dakota offers an alternative route to certification as well. If you hold a non-teaching degree in a content area that is taught in North Dakota, you may complete a professional education program to receive licensure in that area. All potential teachers in North Dakota will be subject to a pre-professional skills test and fingerprint background check.

North Dakota is a sparsely populated state, so you will not find any exceptionally large school districts. However, you can generally find employment as a teacher in the state’s larger population areas like Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Minot. North Dakota does not have a central job site specifically made for teachers, but you can search for teaching jobs through Job Service North Dakota, which posts employment opportunities throughout North Dakota’s state government.

The requirement for professional development in North Carolina is very small compared to other states, with just 4 semester hours to complete every five years. Many teachers choose to complete these hours through summer online courses, and summer professional development workshops.

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