Teacher Education Program
The program is approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB). University of Jamestown offers programs leading to three basic licensures:
- Elementary Licensure (Grades 1-8) entitles the holder to teach in the regular elementary classroom for grades one through eight.
- Secondary Licensure (grades 5-12) entitles the holder to teach in the major area in secondary classrooms for grades five through twelve.
- K-12 licensure entitles the holder to teach in the restricted areas (P.E., music, etc.) in all grade levels.
Admission to Teacher Education
Candidates must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to enroll in most education courses. Typically, candidates apply for admission to the program while enrolled in EDUC 201: Introduction to Teaching.
- Attainment of required credits for sophomore status
- Completion of Educ 201: Introduction to Teaching with a minimum grade of C-
- Completion of Educ 100: Praxis Preparation
- Minimum grade of C- in Engl 101 and Engl 102
- Minimum grade of C- in Comm 102 or 201
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70
- Satisfactory background check
- Passing scores on the Praxis I (Core Academic Skills) tests
- Approval of the Teacher Education Council
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Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of ESPB accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:
- Accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. Education programs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
- A professional education provider that is accredited by ESPB is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
- Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent’s relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.
Satisfactory Progression in Teacher Education
In addition to successfully completing each of the required courses, candidates must meet certain programmatic requirements—including satisfactory performances on Praxis exams, key assessments, dispositional attributes, and field experiences.
The state of North Dakota requires passing scores on a series of three ETS Praxis exams. The first exam (Core Academic Skills for Educators) has three components—reading, writing, and mathematics. Candidates will complete this exam prior to admission into Teacher Education.
Candidates will also take Praxis II content exams in their subject area (e.g. Math, P.E., English) and Praxis II pedagogy exams (PLT) in their licensure level (e.g. elementary, secondary). For information about specific exam codes, required scores for passing, and registration information, visit .
Candidates are required to complete the Praxis II content exam prior to student teaching. The Praxis II: PLT exam must be taken prior to the completion of student teaching. While candidates are required to complete both the Praxis II Content and PLT exams to complete the program, passing scores are not required for graduation. Passing scores are, however, required to attain licensure in North Dakota.
Pursuant to Century Code 67.1-02-02-02.1, all teacher education candidates must have classroom-related experiences prior to student teaching. At UJ, these experiences occur early and throughout the Teacher Education program. Candidates must complete at least 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. Expectations of candidates in field experiences increase incrementally with each semester in the program. Additionally, field experiences occur in a variety of settings to allow candidates the opportunity to interact with a variety of P-12 students and experience diversity across school environments.
The final stage of the Teacher Education program is a semester-long student teaching experience in an accredited classroom of the candidate’s licensure area. Application for student teaching must be made one semester before the student teaching semester
Admission requirements for Student Teaching include:
- 2.70 cumulative GPA
- 2.70 GPA in major
- Completion of all major and professional education courses with a C- or better (or S for S/U courses) by end of application term
- Praxis II: Content Knowledge scores (Praxis II: PLT scores required to complete student teaching)
- Proof of liability insurance
- Satisfactory fingerprint background check
The Teacher Education Council (TEC) will make final decisions regarding admission to Student Teaching.
The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB), which sets the standards pertaining to teacher licensure and teacher education program approval for the state.
Candidates who complete all course requirements and pass the required Praxis exams are eligible for licensure in the state of North Dakota. Candidates who plan to teach in states other than North Dakota should consult with that state’s education department since each state has its own licensure requirements and administers its own licensing process. A list of state agencies and their contact information can be accessed via NC-SARA’s .
AY 2016-17 Completers: 61.5%
AY 2017-18 Completers: 88.8%
AY 2018-19 Completers: 65%