ND BA Special Education/Elementary Education Certification and Exam Requirements

North Dakota BA Special Education/ Elementary Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Students in WGU’s Bachelor of Arts in Special Education/Elementary Education program who want to become certified in North Dakota must first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program; a student can then apply for a reciprocal license in North Dakota after receiving their Utah license. Refer to the following for specific state requirements: general Utah teacher certification requirements and general North Dakota teacher certification requirements.


In North Dakota, this program leads to licenses in Elementary Education Grades 1-8 and Special Education K-12.

Elementary Education/ Special Education Exams and Requirements**:

1) Elementary Content Exam for Utah: Praxis 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (OR Praxis 5031 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects and if one subtest passed before 9/1/2014 and all subtests passed before 7/1/2015 OR Praxis 0014/5014 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge if passed before 9/1/2012)

This exam is required for graduation and recommendation for licensure.


2) Special Education Content Exam for Utah:

Praxis 5543 Core Knowledge and Mild/Moderate Applications - This exam also meets WGU's program requirement.


Praxis 5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications

This exam is required for graduation and recommendation for licensure.


3) WGU Program Requirement: Praxis 5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (for students who matriculated on 9/1/2011 or after)

This exam is required for graduation.


** Please note that you must select the Utah State Board of Education as an official score recipient.  You must have ordered your USBE background check and have been issued a CACTUS ID before the USBE can record and retain your scores.  The USBE will not be automatically included as a score recipient by ETS when you register for your exams.  You may find instructions on how to select the USBE as an official score recipient in the Submitting Exam Scores to the Utah State Board of Education article in this handbook.  Western Governors University will not submit your score reports to the USBE on your behalf. Failure to report official content exam scores to the USBE may result in delays in the licensing process.



Visit these links for more important information:
General Information About Licensing in North Dakota
Registering for Praxis Exams
Submit your exam scores to WGU and the Utah State Office of Education
Applying for your North Dakota Teaching License





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