Summer of 2014, the Education Standards and Practices Board passed a new administrative rule allowing teachers who have held a ND teaching license for at least 2 years to test into a new content area. For example, a current science teacher could become qualified to teach math by successfully passing the Praxis Content Knowledge test for Mathematics. Teachers are allowed to even change the level at which they are teaching. For example, a current elementary teacher could become qualified to teach secondary Social Studies by successfully passing two Praxis tests – the Social Studies Content Knowledge test and the Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades 7-12 test. In addition to new content areas, teachers are also able to test into specialty areas such as: special education, early childhood, and gifted and talented to name a few.
Additional information on Praxis Testing can be found at the ND Praxis Website: http://www.ets.org/praxis/nd/requirements
After successfully passing a Praxis test, official scores need to be sent to ESBP and an online application for a Major Equivalency Praxis Endorsement must be completed at the cost of $75. You may download a copy of your score report from the ETS website as a pdf document and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call Mari at 328-9645 if you have additional questions on Praxis testing.
New Praxis Tests Added
Effective Nov 6, ESPB will now accept the following Praxis tests:
English Language Learners (#5361)
Health Education (#5551)
Library Media Specialist (#5311)
Reading Specialist (#5301)
The ESPB has also begun to assess a $100 late fee to educators who allow their teaching license to lapse. This does not apply to those who hold an Interim Substitute License or educators whose license has expired for more than 5 years and are applying for a re-entry license. Remember you can renew your current license 6 months prior to its expiration date. You can also set up alerts so you are notified by ESPB of your upcoming expiration. Please log into your ND Teach account to make certain your current email is entered as that is how you are notified.