North Dakota - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Educator Licensure Policy
Policy Type: 

In order to become a certified teacher in North Dakota, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, complete a state approved teacher preparation program, hold a GPA of 2.5, and pass state examinations.


1. Initial teacher licensure for in-state graduates or graduates of out-of-state programs requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a state agency-approved teacher education program. The approved program must include a general studies component, a North Dakota recognized program area major, and a professional pedagogy core as defined in this section and the North Dakota standards for teacher education program approval.
2. An applicant must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.50. The education standards and practices board will use the college-figured grade point average if all previous college coursework is on the transcript. If the student has transferred from another institution, and the grade point average calculated by the institution granting the degree is only for those credits at that institution, the education standards and practices board will refigure the grade point average using all previous college coursework.

Adopting Authority: 
Standards Board
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: