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Major Equivalency Requirements: [NDCC § 67.1-02-03-07]

  1. High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation. College transcripted majors, the major equivalency licensure options described in this section, and alternative licenses issued in compliance with chapter 67.1-02-04 will be aligned with the North Dakota standards for program approval in section 67.1-02-01-05 as the state of North Dakota criterion-based measure of assurance that all teachers are highly qualified.
  2. Core academic areas. For purposes of this section, English, reading and language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, music, visual arts, history, civics and government, geography, and economics are considered core academic areas. All other areas are considered noncore academic areas.
  3. Major equivalency endorsement. A major equivalency endorsement is a licensure option in which an individual already licensed to teach in North Dakota may add qualifications to the license by demonstrating they have competency equivalent to the North Dakota program approval standards and other licensure requirements in section 67.1-02-02-02 for the new area.
    1. The minimum number of semester hours or equivalent competency documentation for a major equivalency is thirty two semester hours, with the exception of composite majors, which require forty two semester hours. Competency equivalent to a major in early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education, or secondary education academic majors must include evidence of appropriate:
      1. Content area preparation;
      2. Teaching methods and strategies; and
      3. Applied experience at the appropriate grade levels, i.e. field experience, clinical practice or student teaching.
      Endorsements issued by the education standards and practices board may be used toward demonstration of competency.
    2. North Dakota-licensed individuals who wish to add a major equivalency to an existing professional educators' license may demonstrate the new content area competency through the following options approved by the education standards and practices board:
      1. Undergraduate or graduate coursework, or both, equivalent to a major and aligned with the North Dakota program approval standards;
      2. An advanced degree in the major area which by itself, or in combination with other coursework, meets or exceeds the requirements for preparation in the major at the undergraduate level;
      3. Until July 1, 2006, a minor or minor equivalency in the area with successful completion of a portfolio, which may include, but not consist entirely of, evidence of successful teaching experience in the area and a on hundred dollar review fee;
      4. A minor or minor equivalency in the area with successful completion of a content test meeting or exceeding the minimum scores determined by the education standards and practices board;
      5. Until July 1, 2006, existing North Dakota licensure in the area with a minimum of three years of successful teaching experience in the area, and successful completion of a portfolio documenting competency.
      6. Existing North Dakota licensure in the area with a minimum of one year of successful teaching experience in the area, and successful completion of a content-based competency test approved by the education standards and practices board; or
      7. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in the major area.
  4. Major equivalency endorsement- Requirements. To be considered for a major equivalency, individuals teaching in the areas of early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education and secondary education academic areas must be licensed in accordance with the laws and administrative rules of the education standards and practices board and must meet the provisions in North Dakota Century Code chapter 15.1-16, which include holding a major or major equivalency in the core content areas in which they are teaching; and a major, major equivalency, minor, or minor equivalency in noncore areas in which they are teaching.
    1. Major equivalency endorsement for elementary teachers grades one through six. Beginning July 1, 2006, all elementary teachers new to the profession and all early childhood education teachers whose licensure will include grades one through three must pass a content-based test and teaching skills test in elementary education approved by the education standards and practices board. Elementary teachers already licensed in North Dakota prior to July 1, 2006 and who have been contracted prior to the 2005-2006 school year will not need to complete the test are considered highly qualified on the basis of holding a major or endorsement in elementary education or a major in early childhood education which qualifies to teach grades one through three.
    2. Major equivalency endorsement for middle level teachers grades five through eight. Individuals teaching in a middle school must meet the education standards and practices board grade level requirements in section 67.1-02-03-04, and hold a minimum equivalent of sixteen semester hours of content area preparation and methods in the subject area specializations in which they are teaching. New middle school teachers must, beginning July 1, 2006, hold a minimum equivalent of twenty four semester hours of content area preparation and methods in the subject area specializations in which they are teaching, or may demonstrate major equivalency in subject areas through options allowed in subdivision b of subsection 3.
      The semester hours of content area preparation and methods in the above paragraph for the subject area specialization must include the following specific semester hour preparation as listed in the following subject areas:
      1. English/Language arts.
        1. Coursework in speech or debate;
        2. Reading: Six semester hours in reading;
      2. Mathematics. Coursework in college algebra.
      3. Science.
        1. Life Science: Six semester hours in life science or biology; and
        2. Earth Science: Six semester hours in earth science or geology.
      4. Social Studies.
        1. Geography: Six semester hours in geography; and
        2. History: Six semester hours in history including North Dakota studies.
    3. Major equivalency endorsement for secondary teachers grades seven through twelve. To be considered highly qualified, secondary teachers must hold a major or major equivalency in the core content areas in which they are teaching; and a major, major equivalency, minor, or minor equivalency in non-core areas in which they are teaching.
    4. Major equivalency endorsement for teachers in science grades seven through twelve. Secondary teachers with majors in biology, chemistry, earth science or physics (minimum of thirty two semester hours) or physical science and other composite science degrees (minimum of forty two semester hours) will be licensed to teach in each specific science discipline in which the individual has the minimum preparation for that specific science discipline aligned with the North Dakota standards for the areas (twelve semester hours).
    5. Major equivalency endorsement for teachers in social studies grades seven through twelve. Secondary teachers with majors in history (thirty two semester hours), geography (thirty two semester hours), civics and government (thirty two semester hours), economics (thirty two semester hours), or composite social studies (thirty two semester hours) will be licensed to teach in each specific social studies discipline in which the individual has a minimum number of semester hours aligned with the ND standards for the area: history (eighteen semester hours), geography (twelve semester hours), civics and government (twelve semester hours), and economics (twelve semester hours), or a minimum of six semester hours aligned with the North Dakota standards for any other specific social studies disciplines.
    6. Major equivalency endorsement for English and language arts teachers grades seven through twelve. Secondary teachers with majors in English and language arts (thirty two semester hours), will be licensed to teach in additional areas of speech, journalism or drama and theater arts if the individual has a minimum preparation of six semester hours aligned with the North Dakota standards for that specialization. Individuals who hold majors, major equivalencies, minors or minor equivalencies in speech, journalism, or drama and theater arts will also be licensed to teach those specializations.
    7. Major equivalency endorsement for music teachers grades seven through twelve. Teachers with majors in the field of music (minimum of thirty two semester hours) will be licensed to teach at grade levels consistent with their preparation as stated in the rules for initial licensure in section 67.1-02-02-02 and in specializations of instrumental or choral music in which they have a minimum of eight semester hours aligned with the North Dakota program approval standards for that specialization. The eight semester hours may not include hours in private or group lessons or participation in music ensembles.
    The applicant must request the endorsement form, complete it, and return to the board office with the official transcripts and the review fee of seventy-five dollars.
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