M.Ed. Certificates

Teaching English Language Learners Certificate (ELL)

This Graduate Certificate in Teaching ELL provides in-service teachers with the cultural and linguistic pedagogy needed to address the ELL needs of North Dakota teachers and will also meet other state requirements. This certificate provides a path for in-service teachers who already possess baccalaureate teaching credentials and may have M.ED.s with the necessary coursework to be credentialed as an ELL instructor. The program also helps meet the increasing demand for graduate credentials for career and salary advancement. A certificate program meets the needs of those seeking professional development, endorsement, or licensure. Click here to view the Master of Education in Teaching English Language Learners.

Accreditation Information: The ELL certificate meets the content standards and credit requirements identified by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board for the ELL Endorsement. In addition, the certificate’s coursework is aligned with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards for Accreditation in P-12 ESL Teacher Education.

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Library and Information Technologies Certificate

The goal for this certificate is to meet the needs of an educator's market composed of those who already hold a bachelors or masters degree in another field, but who wish to obtain coursework to qualify as a library media specialist.
Capitalizing on the university's excellent reputation and historic role in the preparation of librarians and information specialists, this certificate allows the university to better serve the needs of in-service teachers who seek Library Media Specialist credentials but prefer not to complete a Master's degree. The proposed certificate will
  • Help meet the need identified by national indicators and the ND Department of Public instruction for more and better prepared library media specialists
  • Offer a viable online graduate program option to teachers outside the state seeking to obtain library media credentials.
Accreditation Information: In addition to meeting the North Dakota DPI standards for the LMS LM01 or LM02 credential, the courses in the program are developed to meet AASL standards. The M.Ed. concentration in LIT program was accredited by NCATE in 2008, but is currently preparing to seek initial NCATE/AASL program recognition in the next two years.

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STEM Certificate

This certificate allows the university to serve the needs of in-service teachers who seek a STEM Education credential. This online certificate is available to teachers both in and outside North Dakota. Through the teachers enrolled in the certificate, STEM education will reach students at the primary and secondary levels and prepare them for the world as it has become. VCSU's STEM certificate will enhance the curricular understandings of in-service teachers who may already have a master's degree or may decide later to expand the certificate into a Master's degree.

VCSU has leveraged its partnership with the Boston Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) to develop curriculum for this STEM certificate. The NCTL works with educators, administrators, organizations, and industry representatives across the United States to provide curriculum materials, resources, and professional development for educators. With VCSU as the catalyst, STEM materials have been processed into graduate courses for K-12 in-service teachers. These graduate courses involve in-service teachers in learning through integration of the STEM methodologies and provide the teachers with hands on materials and real-world classroom projects. The NCTL curriculum is a coordinated STEM Education system and will ensure coherence in STEM teaching and learning for teachers seeking STEM Education certification.

All courses in the Certificate may be used toward completion of the Master's degree at VCSU. Apply now begins the STEM Education Certificate.
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