Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions
To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a Master of Science in Special Education degree, or a post baccalaureate certification must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree who have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree must have marks of "pass” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree who do not have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.
Initial Utah License Required: WGU students who want to license in the CNMI need to first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program, and then apply for a reciprocal license in the CNMI. Follow the instructions to apply for Initial Teacher Certification in Utah. You must have a valid background clearance on file with the USBE for Utah licensure, and cannot license if your background check has expired or been revoked.
Step 1: Follow the instructions to apply for Initial Teacher Certification in Utah. Once you receive your UT teaching license, you may apply for a teaching certificate in the Northern Mariana Islands by following the steps below:
Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Masters students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their Masters program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 3: Fill out and complete the PSS Teaching Certificate Application.
Compile all necessary documentation listed on the PSS Teaching Certificate Application and include in your packet:
2. Copies of your Praxis Exam reprts
3. Official Transcripts
4. The filled out PSS Teaching Certificate Application
4. Certificate of Fingerprint Submissions
5. Receipt of a $35.00 payment made out to the BOE Cert. Fund.
6. Two-passport size color photos
Return your packet to:
State Board of Education
Public School System
P.O. Box 501370
Saipan, MP 96950
For more information on licensure in the CNMI, see the CNMI Certification Regulations.
Upon successful teacher certification application completion in CNMI, you will be issued the Basic teaching certificate. To move from the Basic to the Intermediate teaching certificate, you will be required to take a course in CNMI history and a cultural seminar.