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Heather Anderson

Why Seek a Special Education Endorsement?

The strategist special education endorsement allows teachers with valid North Dakota educator's professional license in elementary education to: 
  • teach in an elementary education classroom 
  • teach or provide direct instruction to all LD, ED or ID elementary students 
  • consult K-12, LD, or ID students
The Special Education Endorsement at VCSU follows the Endorsement requirements specified by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practice Board (ESPB). Teachers outside North Dakota seeking to use this coursework for certification need to determine the specific requirements for teacher certification in their state. The Special Education Endorsement is predicted upon an education degree.

Study Online

All coursework leading to the Strategist Special Education Endorsement is offered online from VCSU. 

Practical Experience

Students will complete 150 field experience hours with practicums focusing on assessment, a specific learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and intellectual disabilities. 

Adding the Endorsement to a Teaching License

The courses completed within the Strategist Special Education endorsement are listed on the VCSU transcript, however the endorsement is not specifically listed like a minor or major. To obtain the actual endorsement, students make application to the ND ESPB after graduation and attainment of their initial ND license for elementary teaching.

Required Courses Credits
EDUC 240 Educating Exceptional Students 2
EDUC 250 Intro to Education3
EDUC 300 Educational Technology 2
EDUC 323 Methods of Reading Instruction2
EDUC 340 Learning Disabilities,Emotional Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities 3
EDUC 430 Diagnosis, and Correction of Reading Difficulties 3
SPED 310 Behavior Modification3
SPED 333 Assessment of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 334 Practicum-Assessment of Students with Disabilities 2
SPED 380 Collaboration, Consultation, and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 382 Methods and Materials of SLD2
SPED 383 Methods and Materials of ED2
SPED 384 Methods and Materials of ID2
SPED 385 Practicum in SLD1
SPED 386 Practicum in ED1
SPED 387 Practicum in ID 1

Online Course Schedule

All courses are available completely online, unless otherwise specified. Schedule is subject to change. Check course schedule at for latest information. 

EDUC 240online 
EDUC 250online 
EDUC 300online
EDUC 323face to faceworkshop
EDUC 340online
EDUC 430face to faceonline
SPED 310online
SPED 333online
SPED 334online
SPED 380online
SPED 382online
SPED 383online
SPED 384online
SPED 385onlineonline
SPED 386onlineonline
SPED 387online