Jun 24th, 2013 @ 3:01 pm | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
At its meeting last week in Bottineau, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education unanimously approved two academic requests from Valley City State University. These requests now give VCSU permission to begin offering two new concentrations at the graduate level: a Master of Education in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in English Education. With these two additional programs, VCSU now offers a total of six concentrations in our M.Ed. program (the other four include Teaching & Technology, Technology Education, Teaching English Language Learners, and Library & Information Technologies).

Both of these new concentrations will help meet the increasing demand for graduate credentials in specific content areas required by teaching professionals for career and salary advancement. Like VCSU’s four other graduate concentrations, these two new programs will be offered entirely online delivered using the Internet and are geared toward serving the needs of in-service teachers. With VCSU’s online M.Ed. programs being recently ranked among the 2013 Top Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report (#22 among 143 programs nationally), the addition of English Education and Elementary Education concentrations is one more feather in our proverbial education “hat.”

The approval of these two new concentrations is further validation of the world-class education offered at VCSU. The State Board’s approval is recognition of the trust and confidence the Board has in VCSU’s ability to continue successfully delivering academic offerings at the graduate level. Since authority was first granted to VCSU to offer graduate programs less than ten years ago, the results have been nothing short of phenomenal. Enrollment of students in the program and numbers of graduates have increased nearly every year; the total number of concentrations offered has increased; and VCSU’s statewide and regional reputation in delivering programs at the Master's level has been assured. These successes are the direct results of the effort, dedication, fortitude, and hard work by all the VCSU faculty and staff who are so dedicated to the success of these graduate programs.

As further proof of the outstanding teacher-education programs at VCSU, it is also important to note that our education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954. NCATE is the gold-standard for teacher education programs in the United States, and both the undergraduate and graduate programs at VCSU are accredited by NCATE.

VCSU has a long history of providing terrific teacher-education programs at the undergraduate level, and we look forward to continuing to build upon this well-established track record. We are excited about delivering the new Master's degrees in English Education and Elementary Education along with the new opportunities these offerings will provide to current and future VCSU students!