Legislative Assembly HOUSE BILL NO. 1531
of North Dakota
Representatives D. Johnson, Longmuir, Pyle, Schreiber-Beck, Zubke
Senators Rust, Schaible
1 A BILL for an Act to amend and reenact section 15.1-18-10 of the North Dakota Century Code,
2 relating to allowing individuals who do not have a teaching license to teach noncore subjects
3 upon meeting certain criteria.
4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF NORTH DAKOTA:
5 SECTION 1. AMENDMENT. Section 15.1-18-10 of the North Dakota Century Code is
6 amended and reenacted as follows:
7 15.1-18-10. Specialty areas - Teacher qualification.
8 Notwithstanding the requirements of this chapter:
9 1. An individual may teach art, business education, computer education, a foreign
10 language, music, physical education, special education, and technology education at
11 any grade level from kindergarten through grade eight, provided the individual:
12 a. Is licensed to teach by the education standards and practices board;
13 b. Is approved to teach in that area by the education standards and practices board;
15 c. Meets all requirements set forth in rule by the superintendent of public instruction.
16 2. An individual may teach Native American languages provided the individual is an
17 eminence-credentialed teacher.
18 3. An individual may teach in the areas of trade, industry, technical occupations, or health
19 occupations, provided the individual has been issued a license to teach in such areas
20 by the education standards and practices board.
21 4. An individual may teach any subject without a license issued by the board except
22 mathematics, science, language arts, or social studies, if:
23 a. The individual teaches as a community expert in a geographical location in which
24 a teacher shortage or critical need exists, as determined by the board in
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1 consultation with the superintendent of public instruction, upon written request by
2 the board of a school district to the board; and
3 b. The individual:
4 (1) Completes at least two thousand hours of relevant work experience as a
5 teacher in the subject area to be taught within the preceding five years;
6 (2) Completes coursework in the subject area to be taught, as determined by
7 the board;
8 (3) Achieves a passing score on all required licensure examinations in the
9 subject area to be taught, as determined by the board; or
10 (4) Demonstrates necessary teaching experience in a field for which there is no
12 5. The board may authorize an individual to teach under subsection 4 for one year at a
13 time. The board may renew the one-year authorization up to three times.
Page No. 2 19.1055.01000Statutes affected:
FIRST ENGROSSMENT: 15.1-18-10