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.

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.

Required Courses:

EDUC 660Authentic Assessment Strategies and Evaluation or ELLsFall (odd)2 cr
EDUC 663Methods of Teaching English and Academic Content to ELLsSpring (even)2 cr
EDUC 670Second Language AcquisitionFall (even)2 cr
EDUC 673Foundations of Bilingual Education and BilingualismSummer2 cr
EDUC 693Putting Theory into Practice-ELL Teaching PracticumFall/Spring2 cr
ENGL 653Language and CultureSummer3 cr
ENGL 673Linguistics for ELL TeachersSpring3 cr
Total16 cr

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

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.

Required Courses:

LMIS 660Applied Research in Current School Library IssuesFall3 cr
LMIS 664Literature & Literacy for Children and Young AdultsFall3 cr
LMIS 670Integrating Information Literacy and Research StandardsFall3 cr
LMIS 676Contemporary Cataloging for the School LibrarySummer2 cr
LMIS 677Collection Development for the 21st Century School LibrarySummer2 cr
LMIS 680Using Information ResourceSpring3 cr
LMIS 687Administering & Evaluating Program ResourcesSummer3 cr
LMIS 688Collaboration, Management & LeadershipSpring3 cr
Total22-25 cr

*An Introduction to Libraries course is required only to meet North Dakota library media specialist credential requirements and depending upon prior coursework, candidates for ND LMS licensure may need to take Introduction to Library Services in addition to the required coursework for this certificate. VCSU offers an Introductory course which fulfills this requirement at the undergraduate level (LMIS 250) and as a Continuing Education/Professional Development course (LMS 700). Please contact the Graduate Office for advice on how to register for these options.

STEM Education Certificates

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. 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. These graduate courses involve in-service teachers learning through integration of the STEM methodologies and provide hands on materials and real-world classroom projects. The curriculum 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.

Required Courses - Elementary Focus

STEMED 655STEM Curriculum and Methods, ElementaryFall3 cr
STEMED 670Design, Technology and Engineering for ElementarySpring3 cr
STEMED 671Inquiry Based Thematic InstructionFall3 cr
STEMED 680Building Math ORSummer3 cr
STEMED 665Invention and InnovationSummer3 cr

Required Courses - Secondary Focus

STEMED 650STEM Curriculum and Methods, SecondaryFall3 cr
STEMED 660Design for EngineeringFall3 cr
STEMED 665Invention & InnovationSummer3 cr
STEMED 680Building Math ORSummer3 cr
STEMED 682Engineering the FutureSpring3 cr

Office Information

Mailing Address:
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072
Phone: 701.845.7303
Fax: 701.845.7190
Email: graduate@vcsu.edu

For more information on:
Library and Information Technologies
concentration contact:
Donna James - Library Director
Phone: 701.845.7275
Email: donna.james@vcsu.edu

For more information on:
Technology Education
concentration contact:
Dr. Peder Gjovik - Department Chair
Phone: 701.845.7448
Email: peder.gjovik@vcsu.edu

For more information on:
Teaching & Technology concentration contact:
Dr. Heather Kvilvang
Phone: 701.845.7199
Email: heather.kvilvang@vcsu.edu

For more information on:
Elementary Education concentration contact:
Dr. Heather Kvilvang
Phone: 701.845.7199
Email: heather.kvilvang@vcsu.edu

For more information on:
English Language Learners concentration contact:
Dr. Joan Aus  
Phone: 701.845.7187 
Email: joan.aus@vcsu.edu

For more information on:
English Education concentration contact:
Dr. Greg Brister 
Phone: 701.845.7317 
Email:  greg.brister@vcsu.edu
Contact Information

Questions on Graduate Studies:
Misty Lindgren
Phone: 701.845.7303
Email: graduate@vcsu.edu

Office of Graduate Studies
Dr. James Boe - Director
Phone: 701.845.7304
Email: jim.boe@vcsu.edu

Complaint Compliance
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To pursue state level resolution, contact Lisa Johnson, 701-858-3494.

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