Online Master of Education

Spring 2014 Newsletter

New recognition from US News and World Report: US News and World Report gives Valley City State University high rankings for its Master of Education program for the second consecutive year.

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

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). more...

Elementary Education

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

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.

Teaching English Language Learners

ELL
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. more...

Library & Information Technologies

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. more...

Technology Education

with options in Secondary STEM Education, Elementary STEM Education and Career and Technical Education
Technology 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. more...

Program Core Values

The design of the Masters of Education program provides graduate students with six Core Values that illustrate the learning outcomes for graduate students. The program prepares and assesses its graduates in these areas while preparing them to effectively enrich their students learning.

Core Values/Learning Outcomes
  • Effective use of Instructional Technologies
  • Expertise in Research, and in Particular Action Research
  • Expertise in Assessment
  • Supervisor/Leader/Coach
  • Expertise in Curriculum/Instruction
  • Diversity/Global Awareness
The program's Core Values and National Board of Professional Teaching Standards lay the broad foundation for the overall program design. Specific objectives are then addressed in each course, based on its curriculum. At the course level, the required projects and activities provide a rich and diverse collection of opportunities for assessment of student knowledge and understanding by the professor.

Ranked a Top "Best Buy"

A GetEducated.com Best Buy
GetEducated.com has ranked VCSU's online M.Ed. as a "Best Buy" as a high quality degree for educators and teachers at a cost that ranks well below the national average.