Preschool teachers are often the first educators that young children learn from - sometimes even the first adults that kids learn to trust outside of their families - making this career especially significant in the educational world. In North Dakota, preschool teachers collaborate with parents to provide quality experiences for the children, prepare daily and weekly routines and learning activities, and follow the program rules in order to create thriving learning environments. Here's how you can become a preschool teacher in North Dakota:
North Dakota Preschool Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Preschool Teachers in North Dakota (2016)*||$34,280|
|Required Degree||Child development associate certificate or a minimum of an associate's degree|
|Degree Field||Associate's degree: early childhood education/child development, or other field with preschool experience and early childhood credits. Bachelor's degree: any field, with early childhood credits|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Step 1: Get Your Degree or Certificate
You can become qualified to teach preschoolers in North Dakota via several different educational paths - you do not necessarily need a bachelor's, or even an associate's, degree.
You must have one of the following:
- Child development associate certification or equivalent
- Associate's degree in child development or early childhood education
- Associate's degree in any field, at least 1 year of experience in an early childhood context, and:
- 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of child development or early childhood education; must be approved by the North Dakota state government
- 120 hands-on hours of early childhood education training; must be approved by the state
- Montessori teacher training certification
- Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 8 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of child development or early childhood education; must be approved by the state
Here are some examples of local classes you can take to get the necessary credit hours:
- 'Child Development' online course at the University of North Dakota
- 'Math and the Young Child' course at Minot State University
- 'Infant/Toddler Development' course at Minot State University
Step 2: Be in Good Health
As preschool teachers educate and care for very young children, the wellness of the teachers is critical. The state of North Dakota requires that preschool centers hire teachers that have good holistic health - emotionally, mentally, and physically - for the well-being and safety of the children.
Step 3: Get Hired
Unlike teachers who work with older students, you do not have to submit an application with the state of North Dakota in order to become licensed to teach preschool.
Instead, licensed preschools only hire preschool teachers who have the state-mandated qualifications listed in Step 1. If their teachers do not have the proper qualifications, the center may lose their license.
So once you have completed everything that you need to complete, you are ready to start applying for jobs and begin your career as a preschool teacher. As you go through the application process, the school will confirm and document that you are legally qualified for the position.