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Bismarck, ND 58503-0585
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ESPB square logo Frequently Asked Questions

Adding a New Degree
40 Day Provisional License
Alternative Access License
Application Process
Duplicate License
Endorsements
English Language Learner (ELL) Endorsements
Fees
Fingerprinting
Kindergarten Endorsement
Middle School Endorsements
Other State Educator License (OSEL)
Praxis Endorsement
Praxis Testing
Renewing a License
School Counselor License
Special Education
Substitute License
Transcripts
Update Information

 

 

 

Adding a New Degree


Q: How do I add a new degree to my license?

A: You can add a new degree to your teaching license by beginning a new application for a license renewal. This can be done during a period of time when you need to renew or between renewals. If it is a time between renewals, we “extend” your license (Example: it is 2015 but your license is good until 2018. You apply in 2015 to renew your 5 year license which is really good until 2018. With renewing now and adding that new degree, we’ll extend your license 5 more years to 2023.) When you start the new application to renew your license it will ask, “Are you adding a new degree” so make sure you select, “yes.” Then you will follow the prompts to indicate where you earned your degree from. Once you submit your application for renewing your license, you will need to submit your official transcript to us. Yes, when adding a new degree the transcript does need to be official.

 

40 Day Provisional License


Q: What is the 40 Day Provisional License?

A: This license can be issued when a school district wants to hire a teacher before all their appropriate paperwork has been collected by ESPB. Often times the background check results are still being processed, or the new graduate’s degree has not yet been posted on an official transcript. This license would allow the teacher to start teaching while we gather the remaining information.

 

Q: How can I get a 40 Day Provisional License?

A: This license can be applied for in your ND Teach account. Depending on the situation, the hiring school does need to submit a written request to ESPB for the 40 Day Provisional License. Additional information from the applicant might be required or from the institution issuing the degree. Please call ESPB for more details.

 

Alternative Access License


Q: What is an Alternative Access License?

A: This license can be issued when a school district cannot find a qualified applicant for a position, but there is an applicant with a degree in the content area to be filled. An Alternative Access License is issued a year at a time for up to three years. During this time period, the applicant would work with a university to complete the education coursework.

 

Q: How can I get an Alternative Access License?

A: A written request from the hiring school district for the Alternative Access license must be submitted to ESPB. You can apply online for the Alternative Access License using your ND Teach account.

 

Application Process


Q: How do I apply for a teaching license in ND?

A: ND has an online system for all applications for teacher licensure. Applicants must create an ND Teach account from our homepage www.nd.gov/espb. Click on the ND Teach Apply Online icon to begin.

 

Q: What if I forgot my login?

A: If you contact ESPB we can tell you your login but we are not able to view your password. If you forgot your password you can reset it by clicking on the Forgot Password Link on the ND Teach login screen or by calling the Help Desk at 701.328.4470.

 

Q: Do I have to do another background check if I already did one in another state or district?

A: To apply for licensure in ND, all applicants must pass a background check submitted through the ESPB office. Background checks take anywhere from 3-4 weeks to get results back, so this step should be done early if possible. Depending on the type of license an applicant is applying for, different requirements must be met. You may print the fingerprint background check instructions from our website at http://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/FingerprintingInstructions.pdf

 

Duplicate License


Q: How can I get another copy of my teaching license?

A: You can print an unofficial copy of your license off of ND Public Teacher Lookup on our homepage. Click on the Educator Search and enter your information https://secure.apps.nd.gov/dpi/ndteach/schoolstaff/publicSearch.aspx. If you want an official copy of your license from our office, you can log into your ND Teach account and click on the Request a Duplicate link. The cost is $20.

 

Endorsements


Q: How do I add an endorsement to my license?

A: You apply for endorsements online through your ND Teach account. Once you are logged in, you can begin an application and select the option to add an Endorsement through ESPB.

 

Q: How much does an endorsement cost?

A: An endorsement will cost $75 to add to a teaching license. It no longer depends when an endorsement is added. The cost to add an area is $75.

 

English Language Learner (ELL) Endorsements


Q: How do I apply to add an ELL endorsement to my license?

A: You apply for an ELL endorsement online through your ND Teach account. Once you are logged in, you can begin an application and select the option to add an Endorsement through ESPB. Then select the option for general endorsements and then English Language Learner option. The ELL Endorsement can be added to an early childhood, elementary, or secondary teaching license. The endorsement is added when you apply for the endorsement. You then have 2 years to meet the requirements. Coursework can be taken to complete the requirements or you can challenge the ELL Praxis test. Link to the Praxis test: https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5361

 

Fees


Q: What are the license fees?

A: Please refer to our fees at this link: http://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/fees.html

 

Fingerprinting


Q: Do I have to do another background check if I already did one in another state or district?

A: To apply for licensure in ND, all applicants must pass a background check, submitted through the ESPB office. . Even if the applicant has done a background check for a district in ND, they still must do fingerprinting through ESPB. If you student taught in ND, we will likely have your fingerprints on file.

 

Q: How long does it take to get the fingerprinting results back?

A: On average it takes 3-4 weeks.

 

Q: How do I start the fingerprinting process?

Please refer to specific instructions here: http://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/FingerprintingInstructions.pdf

 

Q: Where do I go to get my fingerprints done?

A: Your local police station or sheriff’s department can do your fingerprints. In Bismarck you can get fingerprinting done at ID Metryx located at 2900 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck. Hours are from 11-2, M-TH.

 

Q: How will I be notified of my background check results?

A: You will be notified of your results or any missing fingerprinting information by email. Please be sure to have a valid email address in your ND Teach account.

 



Kindergarten Endorsement


Q: How do I apply to add a Kindergarten Endorsement to my license?

A: You apply for Kindergarten Endorsement online through your ND Teach account. Once you are logged in, you can begin a new application and select the option to add an Endorsement through ESPB. Then chose general endorsement and then select Kindergarten Endorsement. The Kindergarten Endorsement can be added to an elementary teaching license. The Endorsement is added when you apply for the endorsement. You then have 2 years to meet the requirements. The required courses can be taken to meet the requirements, or you can challenge the Praxis test in Early Childhood. Link to the Praxis test: https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5025

 

Middle School Endorsements


Q: When would I need a Middle School Endorsement?

A: This question is a little complicated! This answer depends on what school you are teaching in and what your current teaching license states. If you are an elementary teacher with a (1-6) teaching license, then you do need a middle school endorsement to teach grades 7 and 8. For answers to your specific teaching situation, please call Mari at 701.328-9645.

 

Q: What is the Middle School Pedagogical Endorsement?

A: The Middle School Pedagogical Endorsement is an endorsement that can be added to an elementary license to help extend the license upward, or it can be added to a secondary license to extend it to lower grades. The MS Pedagogical Endorsement can be added as a “Plan-on-File” meaning you can add the endorsement and then have up to 2 years to complete the requirements. The requirements for the MS Pedagogical Endorsement are 4 courses, http://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/forms/MiddleSchoolEndorsements/50160.pdf or a teacher can challenge a Praxis test rather than complete coursework. Here is the link to the Praxis test: https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/5623

 

Q: When would I need a Middle School Major Equivalency Content Endorsement?

A: A Middle School Major Equivalency in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science is needed when a 1-6 licensed elementary teacher or a 1-8 licensed elementary teacher is teaching 7th or 8th grade in a middle school or high school. The Middle School Content Endorsement is needed in addition to the Middle School Pedagogical Endorsement for a 1-6 licensed elementary teacher. Here is a link to the middle school endorsement: http://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/majorequivforms.html

Again, please call Mari at 701-328-9645 if there are questions on if this endorsement is needed.

 

Other State Educator License (OSEL)


Q: I have a valid teaching license in another state so can I get a ND Teaching License?

A: Yes. If you have completed a transcripted teacher education program, we will need a copy of your valid and current out-of-state teaching license and Confirmation of Other State Educator License form completed by your state’s licensure agency. If you have completed an alternative certification program in another state and hold a valid license in that state, you will need to complete our Praxis I and Praxis II testing requirements for your content area/s prior to being issued an OSEL in North Dakota. You will apply online and the system will let you know specific information is needed.

 

Q: What if my license in another state has expired?

A: We recommend that you renew that license first, then apply online for an OSEL. If you can’t get that license to be valid, then you must apply for an Interim Reciprocal License.

 

Q: My license was for K-8, but in ND I only got 1-6 on my license?

A: In ND, our elementary education is defined as 1-6. ND has additional requirements for Kindergarten as well as middle school. Those are endorsement areas and must be added separately.

 

Praxis Endorsement


Q: How do I get a new content area added to my license?

A: If you have held a ND teaching license for at least two years, you can take a Praxis test and have a new content area added to your license. In order for the new content area to be added, you must apply online for a Praxis Major Equivalency Endorsement.

 

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Like all endorsements, this Praxis Endorsement costs $75.

 

Q: What areas can I test into?

A: Once you hold a ND teaching license for at least two years, you can test into many new areas but not all areas, as some areas are credentials and are issued by the Department of Public Instruction not ESPB.

 

Praxis Testing


Q: What Praxis tests does ND require?

A: ND requires all applicants graduating after 2002 to complete the Praxis I tests in reading, writing, and math. These tests were updated in 2014 and are now called the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests and are still required in reading, writing, and math. In addition, a content area test is required and the PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) for most areas. You can refer to the ND Praxis website for more information on testing in ND http://www.ets.org/praxis/nd/requirements

 

Q: How do I know what specific tests to take?

A: You can refer to the ND Praxis site http://www.ets.org/praxis/nd/requirements which gives the tests accepted in ND. You may also call our office for specific testing requirements.

 

Q: Is it true that I can take a test and then teach a different subject?

A: If you have held a ND Teaching License for at least 2 years, you are now eligible to test into a new content area. Additional information can be found on our website under the “What’s New” tab, or call our office with any additional questions.

 

Renewing a License


Q: How do I renew my license?

A: Renewing your license should be done online using your ND Teach account.

 

Q: How do I pay for renewing my license?

A: You pay online using Visa or Mastercard.

 

Q: How do I add a new degree to my license?

A: You can add a new degree to your teaching license by beginning a new application for a license renewal. This can be done during a period of time when you need to renew or between renewals. If it is a time between renewals, we “extend” your license (Example: it is 2015 but your license is good until 2018. You apply in 2015 to renew your 5 year license which is really good until 2018. With renewing now and adding that new degree, we’ll extend your license 5 more years to 2023.) When you start the new application to renew your license it will ask, “Are you adding a new degree” so make sure you select, “yes.” Then you will follow the prompts to indicate where you earned your degree from. Once you submit your application for renewing your license, you will need to submit your official transcript to us. Yes, when adding a new degree the transcript does need to be official.

 

Q: How do I submit my transcripts/credits?

A: You can send your transcripts electronically to our email account espbinfo@nd.gov or you can mail them to us at 2718 Gateway Ave, Suite 204, Bismarck, ND 58503.

 

Q: Do I need to send official transcripts?

A: Official transcripts are needed for renewals only when you are adding a new degree. For a normal license renewal, unofficial transcripts are fine.

 

Q: How early can I renew my license?

A: You can renew your license up to 6 months before it is to expire.

 

Q: How do I know how many credits I need to renew my license?

A: On your license it will tell you how many credit you need to renew. You can also find this information in your ND Teach account under Education Semester Hours field in your personal account information.

 

Q: What if my license has expired?

A: You can still apply online to renew your license. You will be assessed a late fee of $100 for allowing your license to lapse. If it has been longer than 5 years, you’ll need to apply for a Re-Entry license and complete a fingerprint background check. If you have a substitute license, there is no fee if it expires.

 

School Counselor License


Q: What are the requirements to be a school counselor?

A: Ultimately, school counselors must have a master’s degree in school counseling. However, with a bachelor’s degree, an applicant can apply for an Alternative Access License with us at ESPB, then they work with the Department of Public Instruction on their Counseling Credential. They will have up to 3 years to complete the requirements.

 

Q: Who do I contact at DPI for information on the Counseling Credential?

A: Robin Lang is the DPI contact (701) 328-2244.

 

Q: What are the additional courses/tests required by ESPB for a school counselor?

A: Educational psychology, Instructional planning, methods, and assessment, classroom management, multicultural/Native American studies are additional courses required. The Praxis I and Praxis II tests are also required.

 

Special Education


Q: What are the different types of Special Education Endorsement?

A: There are many different special education endorsements. There is: Specific Learning Disabilities (LD), Emotional Disabilities (ED), Intellectual Disabilities (ID), or the Strategist (LD, ED, and ID combined.) In addition there are also endorsements in the areas of: hearing impairment and visual impairment, early childhood special education and gifted and talented.

 

Q: How do I get a “Plan on File?”

A: To get a “Plan on File” you apply online for the Endorsement and submit your payment of $75. In addition, to begin the plan you must submit transcripts showing at least 3 SH of special education coursework (which we may already have in our records), enrollment in 2 special education courses for the semester the plan starts, and a letter from your administrator requesting the plan on file for you and the name of your special education mentor.

 

Q: How long does a “Plan on File” last?

A: A plan on file is good from the time is starts (usually in the summer or early fall) until August 1 of the following year. The Plan on File can be extended for up to three years.

 

Q: How do I renew a “Plan on File?”

A: To renew a “Plan on File” the teacher submits unofficial transcripts to ESPB and the administrator writes a letter requesting the Plan on File to be extended for another year.

 

Q: Can I take a Praxis test to become qualified to teach special education?

A: If you have held a ND Teaching License for at least 2 years you may challenge a Praxis test to add special education to your license. The appropriate endorsement must be applied for once the test is passed.

 

Substitute License


Q: What are the requirements for a Substitute Teaching License?

A: In order to be a substitute teacher in ND you need the following: an official transcript documenting a minimum of 48 semester hours of college education, pass our background check, and a letter from a school administrator requesting a substitute license for you.

 

Q: How do I apply for a Substitute Teaching License?

A: To apply for a Substitute License, you create an ND Teach account on the ESPB website www.nd.gov/espb and follow the instructions.

 

Q: How long is a Substitute Teaching License valid?

A: A Substitute Teaching License is valid for one calendar year.

 

Q: How much does a Substitute Teaching License cost?

A: $40 for one year.

 

Q: How do I renew my Substitute Teaching License?

A: You may renew your sub license 6 months prior to its expiration. To renew, apply online to renew your sub license. The cost to renew is $40. Then submit another letter to ESPB from a ND school administrator requesting the sub license for you.

 

Transcripts


Q: How do I get my transcripts to ESPB?

A: An applicant must contact their college to request official transcripts to be sent to ESPB if applying for an initial license or adding a degree. If only renewing a license, a teacher can submit unofficial transcripts to ESPB that have been accessed through Campus Connection or another student-generated system.

 

Update Information


Q: How do I update my name or address on my ND Teach account?

A: You can update your personal information anytime by logging into your ND Teach account and making the updates yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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