Course Code Directory (CCD)
The CCD provides schools, districts, and the state a framework to identify state courses by specific course number, thereby providing analogous information across various levels of administration and consistency in reporting (NDCC 15.1-07-33). Schools may assign their own title for courses but must retain the required state course code number for recording purposes.
The CCD assists school administrators, counselors, students, and parents in schedule planning. It also provides course specific information including recommended prerequisites, recommended grade levels, credit options, and lists appropriate teacher certification levels for courses.
Course descriptions provide brief narratives, which outlines a broad scope of course context rather than being an exact outline of content. Schools identify the North Dakota content standards taught and may explore, develop, and implement activities and programs that go beyond these descriptions as they strive to prepare their students to be Choice Ready. Instructional decisions related to areas of curriculum selection and development, implementation, and assessment are choices made by local school districts.
Aligning courses from other schools, states, and countries is imperative for educational planning. Best practices include reviewing the incoming transcript, seeking necessary information from the previous district for clarification of course content, and aligning previously earned courses with North Dakota course codes that are most appropriate.
High School Credit Prior to 9th grade
Schools may elect to award high school credit to students who complete high school courses before entering Grade 9 if the course is equivalent to its high school counterpart and taught by a highly qualified teacher.
Acceleration policies and procedures should be developed at the local level. Please note that this decision should be done on a case-by-case basis and given serious and deliberate thought. Once a student is accelerated into credit bearing courses, they begin building their formal grade point average (GPA) which may have an impact on such areas as: future financial awards, college preference, and or college entrance.
Contact the Office of School Approval & Opportunity at (701) 328-2597 for additional information.
New Course Code Request Process
Course descriptions provide brief narratives, which outline a broad scope of course context. The broad contextual nature allows schools the flexibility to design courses that fall within or go beyond these descriptions as they strive to prepare their students to be Choice Ready. Times may arise where a school may find it necessary to request a new course. New Course requests must be made on the following form, SFN 60065.
NDDPI reviews and processes requests three times a year. Due dates for submitting new course code requests are as follows:
- February 1 of the year prior to the start of the first semester of the year in which the course would be offered.
- July 1 of the year prior to the start of the second semester of the year in which the course would be offered.
- November 15 of the year prior to the start of the second semester of the year in which the course would be offered.
Any request made after a due date will be saved and processed on the next review date.
*The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) publishes all changes and additions to the course listings three times a year; January, May, and October.
Upon receiving the course code request, the Office of School Approval & Opportunity reviews and cross-references the information provided with existing ND course codes in the content area requested. A cross-reference of the information with the national data bank of courses for content alignment and grade level recommendations is also completed. This information is compiled and provided to the relevant Specialized Content Committee (SCC). The current committee includes representation from: School Approval & Opportunity, Special Education, Career and Technical Education, and Academic Content Specialists. The SCC completes an in-depth review in which they analyze the information and standards provided. They may also request further information or consult field experts. After reviewing all the information, the SCC makes the final decision.
If approved, the course information is provided to the Education Standards and Practices Board for review. They determine what level of training/education the teacher requires in order to be highly qualified to teach the course. The Office of School Approval & Opportunity completes final processing and notifies the requestor the outcome of the request.
Summary of Course Code Changes (Revised 8/21/2019)
- Combined Course Code Manual, Grades 9-12 (Revised 8/21/2019)
- Grades 9-12 Diploma and Scholarship Alignment Chart & High School Core for NDUS Admissions (Revised 8/21/2019)
- Agricultural Education (CTE) (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Business Education (CTE) (Revised 3/12/2018)
- Career and Technical Supplementary Services (CTE) (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Career Clusters (CTE) (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Computer Science Education (Revised 7/1/2018)
- Diversified Occupations (CTE) (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Driver and Traffic Safety Education (Revised 7/1/2017)
- English/Language Arts (Revised 9/1/2018)
- Family and Consumer Sciences (CTE) (Revised 8/21/2019)
- Fine and Performing Arts (Revised 3/12/2018)
- Foreign Languages (Revised 7/1/2017)
- General Education (Revised 8/21/2019)
- Governor’s School (a summer school program only) (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Health Sciences (CTE) (Revised 3/1/2019)
- High School of Business Programs (CTE) (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Information Technology (CTE) (Revised 8/21/2019)
- Marketing (CTE) (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Mathematics (Revised 3/1/2019)
- Military Science (Revised 7/1/2017)
- Physical Education and Health (Revised 3/12/2018)
- Science (Revised 7/1/2018)
- Social Studies (Revised 3/1/2019)
- Technology and Engineering Education (CTE) (Revised 2/1/2019)
- Theology (Revised 3/1/2019)
- Trade and Industrial Education (CTE) (Revised 8/21/2019)