House Bill 1287, the American Board Bill, was signed into law on April 24, 2019.
American Board is an independent agency, not part of ESPB. They provide a competency-based program which leads to initial licensure in ND.
Please go to the American Board website: www.americanboard.org for details on course offerings, cost, and timeline.
ESPB will grant a license to individuals who:
- Possesses a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Passes a criminal history record check required by section 15.1-13 -14
- Successfully completes the American Board alternative program
The following content areas are offered by the American Board in North Dakota:
Elementary education with a reading endorsement
English language arts
United States and world history
Special Education with elementary education
In addition to completing the American Board requirements, applicants must complete the following requirements within the first two years of contracted time in a North Dakota school:
a. American Board’s clinical experience program and the North Dakota Teacher Support System (TSS) approved mentor program;
b. Youth Mental Health Competency training; and
c. Coursework in cultural diversity which includes Native American studies, as well as teaching diverse learners;
d. Evidence of competencies in beginning reading instruction.