North Dakota

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Child care licensing minimally requires that directors have a CDA and one year of experience in child care. North Dakota does not have a state-administered director credential. Elementary principal licensure requires a bachelor’s degree; neither pre-K content nor experience is required. The state-wide QRIS, at the highest level, requires an Aim4Excellence™ director credential and an associate degree with at least 18 semester hours in early childhood education. There is no state pre-K program, early childhood leadership degree programs, or early childhood leadership academies.

Interesting Facts: North Dakota

  • A national director credential is an option to meet training and education requirements for licensing.

  • There are 120 child care directors and 1,137 family child care providers in North Dakota.

  • The average salary of child care directors is $39,990 compared with $82,969 for elementary school principals.