Online Master of Education
Mission
The graduate school offers distinctive programs designed to promote effective 21st century educational skills, foster recruitment and retention of quality learners, and meet the diverse needs of a global society.
Vision
The graduate school offers preeminent, educational programs to serve professional practitioners.
Program Description
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at VCSU is a practitioner-oriented degree, designed for the practicing teachers. The program requires four core courses which provide students with the foundation for educational research and graduate study in education. Six concentrations are available: Library and Information Technologies, Technology Education, Teaching and Technology, Elementary Education, English Education and Teaching English Language Learners.

Program Concentrations

Teaching & Technology

Valley City State University has designed this concentration for teachers at either primary or secondary levels wishing to pursue a master's degree. It is a unique program, not only in the state, but also in the country. Curriculum focuses on the use of technologies to enrich teaching and learning. With the rapid changes in technology, teachers must become effective users of technology and develop strategies for successfully integrating technology into the classroom to enhance the learning experience. Curriculum in this concentration is set up to provide students with an understanding of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) as defined by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Technology Education

with options in Secondary STEM Education, Elementary STEM Education and Career and Technical Education
Valley City State University has designed this concentration for primary and secondary level educators who are interested in teaching Technology Education, a field that currently faces a substantial nationwide shortage of qualified teachers. Curriculum in the courses is set up to be consistent with the Standards for Technological Literacy defined by the International Technology Education Association.

Library & Information Technologies

Valley City State University (VCSU) has designed this concentration for teachers at either primary or secondary levels wishing to pursue a master's degree. The curriculum is designed to meet both the AASL/NCATE (American Association of School Librarians/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) School Library Media Specialist Preparation Standards and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Standards for the preparation of library media specialists at the highest credential level - LM01.

Teaching English Language Learners

Valley City State University has designed this concentration for teachers at either the primary or secondary levels wishing to pursue a masters degree. The Concentration in Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) provides in-service teachers with the cultural and linguistic pedagogy needed to address the ELL needs. This concentration capitalizes on the university's excellent reputation and historic role in teacher preparation and the university's strength in ELL teacher training and couples it with its highly successful online M.Ed. The ELL endorsement is approved by NCATE and is embedding into the concentration.

Elementary Education

Valley City State University has designed this concentration for teachers at the elementary level wishing to pursue a master's degree. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research, and technology.
Curriculum in this concentration is designed for K-6 educators who seek to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning. The program of study anchors coursework in learning theory, effective use of technology, and the principles of assessment, as well as providing elective coursework to support the student's unique professional goals. The coursework may also apply in situations where states require an advanced degree with a focus on Elementary Education.

English Education

Valley City State University has designed this concentration for teachers of English wishing to pursue a master's degree. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in education, research, and technology.
Curriculum in this concentration is designed to help secondary school educators become more effective users of technology in the English classroom and enhance the learning experience for their students. The coursework can also apply in situations where states require an advanced degree with a focus on a specific content area.