April 18, 2018

North Dakota Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $37,773
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $35,150

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in North Dakota schools. Undergraduate coursework requirements vary according to the grade level and subject area being taught. You will also need to complete a North Dakota-approved teacher certification program. A list of approved programs is available here:
Program Approval
For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in North Dakota, you’ll need to take the following test for basic teaching skills:
PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) Official Site | Praxis 1 Test
You’ll also need to take one or more of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Praxis 2 Exams Official Site | Praxis 2 Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of North Dakota has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about North Dakota Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in North Dakota for one year, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board about teacher certification at this address:
North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board
2718 Gateway Avenue
Suite 303
Bismarck, ND 58503-0585

Or you can call at (701) 328-9641.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the North Dakota teacher certification process:

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board