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 Master’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 one early childhood leadership degree program in the state.

Interesting Facts: North Dakota

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

  • There are 200 child care directors and 1,137 family child care providers in North Dakota.

  • University of North Dakota offers a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education with Aim4Excellence Director Credential offering in partnership with the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.