North Dakota Substitute Teaching License

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The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) requires all substitute teachers to have a license. You may substitute teach under an Interim Substitute License, regular teaching license (in- or out-of-state), Probationary License, or Re-entry License.

A description of the requirements for an Interim Substitute License follows.


Education Requirements

You must have at least a bachelor’s degree to be able to substitute teach in North Dakota. This degree may be in education, a content area or a non-content area.

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No experience is required to get an Interim Substitute License.


Criminal History Background Check

All applicants for Interim Substitute Licenses must submit to a criminal history background check, including fingerprinting. The ESPB will provide you with information on how to pursue fingerprinting, along with a fingerprint card.

You’ll take the card to your local police department, sheriff's office, or campus police station. You must pay all associated fees. You must mail the fingerprint cards and authorization forms to the ESPB with your application and supporting documents. Your Interim Substitute License will not be issued until your background check is cleared.


Documents and Application Requirements

Use the Application for North Dakota Educator’s Professional License and check the corresponding box for Interim Substitute License on the form.


Contact Information

For more information on Interim Substitute Licensure in North Dakota, contact the ESPB at 701-328-9641.