Application to Teacher Education

Do you plan to apply to a graduate program in Teacher Education?  Applications are due one month prior to the beginning of each semester. Applications should be submitted online via the NDSU Graduate School's online application system.

Admission to the Program

Please note: Teacher Education has established the following deadlines for applications:

  • March 15th for Summer or Fall admittance
  • October 15th for Spring admittance
Teacher Licensure Application:

In addition to meeting Graduate School requirements, applicants must meet three additional requirements for the Teacher Licensure option:

  1. Instead of the NBPTS-focused essay, compose a 400-500 word original essay that answers the following questions:
    • What are your reasons for applying to the Teacher Licensure program?
    • Describe how your 20 hours working with youth supports your decision to apply to the Teacher Licensure Option.
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree in a content area related to a teaching major offered at NDSU, including the following: art, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, health, history, mathematics, music, physics, or Spanish.
  3. Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills exam, meeting ND cut scores in reading, writing and math. See for additional information and to register for the exam.

Graduate Program Admission

The following items are required for admission to the graduate programs in Teacher Education: 

  1. A statement of career goals consistent with the five propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS, as well as reasons for applying to the program.
  2. Official transcripts verifying all undergraduate coursework and degrees earned from accredited institutions.
  3. Contact information for three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation.
  4. GPA for post-secondary coursework must meet one of the following conditions:
    • cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • GPA for the final 30 semester credits of graded undergraduate coursework is 3.25 or higher
    • GPA for 10 semester credits of graduate coursework must be 3.0 or higher
  5. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

See the Graduate Handbook p.6 for full application details.

Click here for the online application system

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