North Dakota – State Information

MEA President: Brian Saylor
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Brian Saylor
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/5/2021
Adjourns: 4/28/2021

Meeting in person and virtually in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines None
Governor Doug Burgum (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Sen. Donald G. Schaible (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Robert O. Fors (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Rep. Mark S. Owens (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Cindy Schreiber-Beck (R)

Partisan Split House: R      Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 701-328-3527
Senate Secretary Contact 701-328-3297
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Laurie Matzke 701-328-2284
Title IV Director Ann Ellefson, Director of Academic Support,
Valerie Fischer, Director of Safe & Healthy Schools
Angie Thomas, Title IV Fiscal Officer
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds None listed. Appears to be school year based, so likely due in


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

ND Music PK-12 Initial In-State (2-year)
Two-year Renewal
First Five Year License (5-year)
Other State Educator License (2-5 year)
30-year Life License
Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) Praxis: Principles of Learning and Teaching 5-9 or 7-12 No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $75 initial License Fee
$30 Initial Application fee
$44.50 fingerprinting
$130 5 year or 30 year license

COVID-19 Information

North Dakota K-12 Smart Restart Guidance

Gov. Doug Burgum said July 14 that school districts could reopen for in-person instruction in consultation with local health officials.

Title IV Success Stories