As a successful participant of the Valley City State University Elementary Education program you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and an initial North Dakota teaching license in elementary education, grades 1-6 self-contained classrooms. During coursework and field experiences, you will master basic skills of teaching and demonstrate professional character necessary for teaching. The Elementary Education curriculum is committed to learner-centered education and preparation of exemplary teachers. Vally City State University is dedicated to preparing knowledge based decision makers and highly qualified teachers who possess the ability to:
- use technology
- solve problems
- demonstrate competency as citizens in a global society
FIELD EXPERIENCE & STUDENT TEACHING
Elementary Education majors learn content and teaching methods in a technologically enhanced environment to become effective educators for the children of their future classrooms. Education faculty members have experience in leading their own classrooms and are committed to helping VCSU students realize the demands and expectations of becoming a successful educator. Elementary Education majors at VCSU are placed into schools for an introductory observation field experience, a diversity practicum, an 80-hour practicum, and a twelve-week student teaching experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities.