Native American Language/Culture License

North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) 15.1-13-22. Licensure of North Dakota American Indian Language Instructors.

The board may license an individual as an instructor of North Dakota American Indian languages and culture if the individual is recommended for licensure to teach North Dakota native language by an indigenous language board created by a tribal government in this state and if the individual:

1) Displays competence in North Dakota American Indian languages and culture and has successfully completed a three semester hour course in classroom instruction at a tribal college or other institution of higher education; or
2) Holds a baccalaureate degree and has knowledge of and experience in North Dakota American Indian languages and culture.

To apply for a standalone license for Native American Studies, please complete an online application through NDTeach for an Initial In-State Educator's License. You must also submit:

  • All proper fees
  • An official transcript documenting the completion of at least a 3 semester hour course in classroom instruction from a tribal college or other institution of higher education
  • A letter with signatures of Tribal Language Board members recommending you for licensure for Native American Language/Culture
  • A completed ESPB fingerprint background check packet. You may access the background check forms and instructions here

If you already hold a valid North Dakota Educator's Professional License and would like to add an endorsement for Native American Language/Culture, please complete and submit the Minor Equivalency Endorsement for Native American Language Education along with the proper fee and recommendation from your Tribal Language Board.