ND Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions

North Dakota Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions


To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.  Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams. 

Initial Utah License Required for initial license and Special Education Certification in North Dakota: Graduates of a WGU initial licensure teacher preparation program or the MSSP program who want to receive a teaching certificate in North Dakota need to first license in Utah and then apply for reciprocal licensure in North Dakota by following the steps below. 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clearance on file with the USBE for Utah licensure, and cannot license if your background check has expired or been revoked.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: After receiving your Utah teaching license, go to the ND Teach license application website (https://secure.apps.nd.gov/dpi/ndteach/Login.aspx) and create an account by clicking the “Register Now” link. 

Step 2: Follow the steps to enter your personal information and create your account.  Follow the instructions to validate your account via email.

Step 3: Once you have created and validated your account, log into the ND Teach system and click on “I am applying for my initial North Dakota educator’s license.” 

Step 4: Confirm all the information you entered during the setup process and click the “Register” button.

Step 5: Once you have done this, click on the “Begin New Application” button on the left side of the screen. 

Step 6: Click the button for “Initial Educator’s License” on the page entitled Select Application Type.  This should be the only option available if you are not currently
licensed in North Dakota. 

Step 7: You will come to a second screen entitled Select Application Type with 3 options.  Select “Initial Educator’s License” again. 

Step 8: When asked if you earned your teaching degree from a North Dakota college or university, select “No, I have a degree from a different state.”  From this point on, the online application will prompt you through the rest of the application process depending on what type of license you are applying for.   

Remaining Steps for special education license (Utah license required):


  • When asked if you currently hold a valid educator license from another state, select YES. 
  • When asked how long you have held your out-of-state educator license, click on the button for “18 months or less.”  You will be guided to apply for an Initial Two Year Other State Educator License.
  • Click on the “Create Application” button to begin filling out the application. 
  • Follow the instructions to complete the rest of the application process.  Once you have completed and submitted the application you will be asked to complete the remaining requirements such as payment of the license fee, submitting transcripts, background check, etc.

Step 9: North Dakota requires applicants for an initial license to complete a background check processed by ESPB. Print the Fingerprinting Instructions, complete, and return to ESPB at:


Education Standards and Practices Board
2718 Gateway Ave Suite 204
Bismarck ND 58503

If you have questions about your application or need assistance, contact the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (EPSB) at (701) 328-9641.



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