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Education Standards and Practices Board

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2718 Gateway Avenue
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Bismarck, ND 58503-0585
(701) 328-9641 - Phone
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Q: I have a teaching license in another state. How do I apply for North Dakota licensure?

A: If you have earned a transcripted teacher education degree from a college or university outside of North Dakota that includes professional core and student teaching and meets the issuing state’s requirement for early childhood, elementary, middle level or a secondary education content area taught in a public high school, and currently hold a teaching license in another state, you will be eligible for an Other State Educator License (OSEL). You will need to complete our application, fingerprinting, and submit everything along with official transcripts from each college where you have earned an education degree. There is also a form that will need to be completed by the state licensing agency where you currently hold a license, SFN 59945 Confirmation of Other State Educator License. They will verify when you first earned your license in that state, if you currently hold a license, and whether you have met their testing requirements. If you’ve met the testing requirements in that state, you would not need to complete the ND testing. You would simply be issued a license in the area of your transcripted education degree.

You can either apply online at https://secure.apps.nd.gov/dpi/ndteach/Login.aspx or use the paper application process. All licensure forms and fingerprint instructions on our website at http://www.nd.gov/espb/licensure/forms.html.

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