How to Become a Substitute Teacher in North Dakota

If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in North Dakota, the following information will help guide you through the process.

North Dakota Substitute Teacher Requirements

In the state of North Dakota, you may become a substitute teacher in a district that has a documented shortage, so long as you possess a bachelor of arts or science degree. The license is initiated by the local school administrator letter in the area where a substitute is needed, and a letter from the applicant indicating they will not sign a contract and are only filling in during shortage. You can find a complete listing of North Dakota schools districts here. Here is a map of North Dakota school districts. Otherwise, to become a permanent substitute, or to substitute in areas where there is not a declared shortage of teachers, you must hold a current teaching license and certificate. In other words, you would have to be a full-fledges teacher with a license issued by North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board. Here is a link to their North Dakota ESPB Licensure page in case you'd like to have a look around. In order to attain your substitute teacher certification in North Dakota, you will need the following:

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Fingerprint card and background check
  • Completed application and application fees
  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation

Get Your North Dakota Fingerprint Clearance Card

You may not need to have your Fingerprint Clearance Card, but it is a good idea to get one. Contact your local or state Police for more information on the procedure, locations, office hours and fees associated with fingerprinting and criminal background checks.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, obtain an application from the district you wish to work for. Complete and submit a substitute teacher application, along with the application fee, official transcripts and supporting documents, for the school district that interests you. Follow that school or district's procedure as an applicant to save time and avoid headaches.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application and all supporting documents back to the district office you received your application from, unless their instructions have directed you otherwise.

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in North Dakota.

Substitute Teacher Pay in North Dakota

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Substitute pay scales in North Dakota are $71 daily for licensed teachers or subs with a degree) and $55 daily for subs without a degree.

Substitute Teacher Jobs in North Dakota

If you're looking for a substitute teacher job in North Dakota, one of the best ways to find one is to inquire at the school district office or specific school where you'd like to teach. You can find a complete listing of North Dakota schools districts here.

Resources for Teacher Certification in North Dakota

North Dakota Education and Standards Board
2718 Gateway Avenue
Suite 303
Bismarck, North Dakota 58503-0585
(701) 328-9641

Many subs go on to become a teacher. You may also want to learn how to become a substitute teacher by clicking on one of the neighboring states below.