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How do I apply?

Have you ever held a North Dakota teaching certificate or license?

No, and I am not a U.S. Citizen.

You must complete all initial license requirements as outlined above for out-of-state applicants and follow the same process as other applicants who are U.S. citizens. See information on Initial Licensure. In addition, as an alien, you must also show proof of your eligibility to work in the U.S. to your employer in accordance with federal law.

Initial Licensure

In order to receive initial licensure, applicants must:

  1. successfully complete a state agency approved bachelors level teacher education program. The program must include both a certifiable major or minor (see list on the back of the ND licensure application form) and the professional education sequence well as the general studies. ND requires 26 semester or 40 quarter hours of professional education coursework for secondary and 34 SH or 50 QH for elementary.
  2. have at least 2.50 overall grade point average
  3. have successfully completed at least 10 weeks of full time, supervised student teaching in the certifiable area at the appropriate grade level(s).
  4. clear fingerprinting screening for criminal convictions (See information on Provisional licenses)
  5. be recommended for licensure by recent supervisors.
  6. pay all applicable fees

If licensure is denied on the basis of requirements 1-3, you will need to contact a state approved institution to set up a course of study that will enable you to complete the additional coursework to become licensed. A hearing process is available if you wish to challenge denial. (interim reciprocal licensure)

Native American Studies Requirement

North Dakota State Law requires that all teachers who graduated after 9/1/80 take the course in Native American and multicultural studies. North Dakota approved courses are readily available from state institutions and by correspondence. This course is required for in-state and out-of-state applicants. The course must be completed within the time period of the first two-year license under which the educator becomes contracted in North Dakota. If this requirement is not met the license cannot be renewed until the course is completed.

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