North Dakota is one of the 22 states that has moved the profession forward by authorizing an independent board of ten educators, administrators, school board members, and teacher educators. The board is appointed by the Governor to two 3-year terms.

In 1995, the ESPB became an independent board with the responsibility of teacher licensure, teacher education program approval, professional development and professional practices. As an independent board it carries out its duties funded by the licensure fees of the educators in North Dakota.