The Out-of-Field Endorsement allows a fully-licensed ND teacher (excludes those on an Alternate Access License or Substitute License) to teach in an out-of-field area for a period of one year (special education and PreK-K excluded). The teacher would submit an online application for the endorsement in their ND Teach account, as well as a written request from the school administrator requesting the Out-of-Field Endorsement for the teacher. The request letter should include the school year it will be used for and the content area. The cost of the endorsement will be the same as all endorsements ($80). The endorsement can be renewed at the school’s request for 1 additional year – so two total years for the endorsement.
- A ND licensed physical education teacher could teach English for a school year with this endorsement. The school could request this endorsement to be renewed for a following year (so two years total). The teacher would need to pass the English Praxis test if the school needs them to teach English the third year.
- A ND licensed social studies teacher could teach a self-contained 4th grade classroom with this endorsement for one school year. The school could request this endorsement to be renewed for a following year (so two years total). The teacher would need to pass the two elementary Praxis tests if they would want to continue teaching in an elementary classroom the third school year.
- A ND licensed elementary teacher could teach Ag half time and science half time if they apply for two Out-of-field Endorsements. The school could request these endorsements to be renewed for a following year (so two years total). The teacher would need to pass Praxis tests in those areas if they want to continue the third school year.
After passing the Praxis test, the teacher would apply for a Major Equivalency Praxis Endorsement to add this new content area to their teaching license permanently.