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Flexible Course Offerings

Online Course Delivery
Individuals can complete the coursework for the 18 credit content area qualifications online through VCSU. Courses are offered fall, spring, and summer.

Full Degree Requirements
Candidates who wish to earn the entire Master of Education degree would need to complete the core courses, an action research report, field experiences, and an oral presentation of a comprehensive capstone portfolio. All requirements are initiated in required coursework and completed with the assistance of your advisor.

Meets State and National Standards

The curriculum is structured around a set of core values that provide a broad foundation in education, research and technology. This courses meet the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) state standards.

Application Process

To take the content area qualification courses, you must apply to the graduate school as a non-degree seeking student.  A non-degree application consists of a completed online application form, an unofficial transcript that records your degree,  and pay the $35.00 application fee.  If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies  701-845-7303

Tuition Assistance

Waivers are available for a limited time to any NDUS faculty member who needs the credit to meet the content area qualifications, whether early entry/dual credit teachers or adjunct/full time faculty at a community college in ND. Waiver applicants must show proof of employment as a NDUS faculty member for the delivery of either dual credit/early entry courses, or regular program courses at the community college or university level.  Full time employees of NDUS campuses may be eligible for additional NDUS waivers—applicants should discuss this opportunity with their Vice President for Academic Affairs.  

Contact Information

For more information:

English Education Speech/Communication
Dr. Julee Russell Dr. Shannon VanHorn
Phone: 701.845.7440 Phone: 701-845-7471
Email: julee.russell@vcsu.edu Email: shannon.vanhorn@vcsu.edu

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
Valley City State University is committed to providing a high quality educational experience, fully supported by a range of academic and administrative services. It is our intention to meet the student's educational goals through a positive and rigorous academic experience. In an instance where the student has a concern, information is available on this website.
To pursue state level resolution, contact Lisa Johnson, 701-858-3494.

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