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North Dakota Teacher Certification

You can become a teacher in North Dakota on your own schedule, without quitting your current job or going into debt. Our nonprofit program is entirely online and self-paced, so you can start any time and work towards earning teacher certification on a schedule that works for you.

Try our online teacher certification program free for seven days and see if you are ready to start earning your North Dakota teaching certificate. Scroll down for more information about how to use American Board to take the next step in starting your teaching career!


Enroll Today. Start Today.

Enroll Today. Start Today.

Teacher Certifications Offered in North Dakota

Choose a subject below to learn more about the requirements to teach that subject:

* You have the option to bundle a Reading Endorsement with your Elementary Education certification. Contact our Enrollment team for details. 

How to Become a Teacher in North Dakota

To become a teacher in North Dakota with American Board’s teacher certification program, candidates will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Pass American Board’s required pedagogy and subject area exams.
  2. Use American Board’s Classroom Ready Certificate to secure a job in the appropriate content area(s) in a North Dakota public school.
  3. After obtaining a full-time teaching position, apply to the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board for an initial license (valid 2 years). Within 2 years, complete
    1. American Board’s Clinical Experience program and the North Dakota teacher support system approved mentor program
    2. North Dakota’s youth mental health competency requirement
    3. North Dakota’s human resources and cultural directives (can be met through transcript evaluation).


Upon completion of all requirements, receive your American Board Institutional Recommendation and apply for the North Dakota five-year renewable certificate.

NOW IN NORTH DAKOTA: The Clinical Experience

American Board is expanding its program offerings to provide more training and support in North Dakota. This means candidates in the program must complete a clinical experience, once they have successfully passed the American Board’s Professional Teaching Knowledge (PTK) exam and subject area exam.

What is a clinical experience?

A clinical experience is a year-long program where new teachers are monitored and evaluated to provide feedback on their teaching skills and style while helping them adjust to leading the classroom. A clinical experience requires the individual to be the teacher of record. This program is not an unpaid internship, student teaching job, or substitute teaching job.


We are available to answer your questions via email, chat, or phone. Reach out to us with questions and we’ll be happy to help you figure out if our program is the right fit for your needs.

Call 1-877-669-2228 to speak with our Enrollment Team or click the button below to email us.