Wyoming Education Program Resources

Become a VCSU Viking!

1.) Apply to VCSU online at www.vcsu.edu/enrollmentservices.

  1. Complete an Application for Admission as a transfer student.
  2. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and be in good academic standing at the most recently attended institution. Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credits must meet freshman admission guidelines as well. Visit www.vcsu.edu/transfer for more information.
  3. Pay the non-refundable fee of $35.
  4. Request official transcripts from each institution attended, including dual credit courses and institutions attended prior to VCSU.
  • Planning to start Summer or Fall semester? Submit all materials by April 1.
  • Planning to start Spring semester? Submit all materials by November 1.
2.) Receive a letter from Enrollment Services indicating you have been admitted to VCSU. Call 1.800.532.7101 to confirm your plans to enroll in courses.
3.) Claim your Campus Connection account online at https://helpdesk.ndus.edu/ndusaccount/
  1. Click on Claim an NDUS Account.
  2. Complete the short quiz, then click to Continue to Claim your Account.
  3. Enter your birth date and EMPLID, then click Continue.
  4. Answer the security questions and create a password.
  5. Your account has been claimed. You will use this user ID and password to register for classes.
  • When can I claim my account? After you have been admitted to VCSU and called Enrollment Services, you can claim your account.
  • Why do I need to claim my account? You will register for classes, pay your account online, view grades or unofficial transcripts, and more through Campus Connection.
4.) Complete the Financial Obligation Agreement online at https://studentadmin.connectnd.us/
  1. Sign into Campus Connection.
  2. Navigate to Student Center page -> Finances -> Financial Obligation Agreement.
  3. Select your academic institution: VCSU1.
  4. Select the effective term. Click Submit.
  5. Read through the Financial Obligation Agreement and click Accept. You can either click Back to Agreement to complete the FOA for future terms or click OK to return to your Student Center.
  • When can I complete my Financial Obligation Agreement (FOA)? After you have been admitted to VCSU and called Enrollment Services, you can complete your FOA.
  • Why do I need to complete this? The FOA is a commitment you are making with the University to pay all charges in full for the semester/term selected.
5.) Register for Courses online at https://studentadmin.connectnd.us/
  1. Sign into Campus Connection.
  2. Navigate to Academics -> Enroll.
  3. Select the appropriate term. Click continue.
  • To select classes: Which courses should I register for? During the first semester at VCSU, you should enroll in EDUC 249: Introduction to VCSU Program. Please visit with your advisor to determine the best courses to take each semester.
  • When can I register? Registration opens in November for spring term, March for summer term, and April for fall term. To view the specific date registration opens, visit www.vcsu.edu/registrar

Prepare for the First Semester

Access VCSU email, online at email.vcsu.edu

  • Your VCSU email account will be available after you register in Campus Connection. Temporary credentials will be emailed to the email address on file (the one you provided on the transfer application).
  • Faculty and staff will email your VCSU account, as this is the official means of campus communication.
Order textbooks, visit bookstore.vcsu.edu or call 1.800.532.8641 ext. 7141

Prepare for online coursework
, view technical recommendations at http://distancelearning.vcsu.edu/vp.htm?p=1288
Which credentials will I use?
  • You will use the same username and password as your VCSU email account.
Why will I use Blackboard LMS?
  • Your online courses are offered through Blackboard LMS. You can communicate with your instructor, classmates, view grades, submit assignments, participate in discussion boards, and many other course activities.
Pay tuition & fees,
  • visit http://www.vcsu.edu/CampusConnection/
    • Statements will not be mailed. You can view your bill online through Campus Connection’s Student Center. Payment deadlines are posted online at http://www.vcsu.edu/businessoffice/.
    • Credit Card or e-check payments can be made online in Campus Connection.
      • Sign into Campus Connection.
      • Navigate to Student Center > Pay Online Now.

FAQs

Am I eligible to receive Financial Aid while enrolled in this program?

When does the semester start and end?
  • Term (semester) schedules, including the last day to add, drop or withdraw are available at www.vcsu.edu/registrar
How can I drop, cancel or withdraw from a class or the university?
How can I view my grades?
  • Grades can be viewed in Campus Connection.
    • Sign into Campus Connection.
    • Navigate to Academics -> Grades. Select Grades.
    • Choose appropriate term. Click continue.
How can I order official transcripts?
How else can I use Campus Connection?
Which password do I use?
  • You will have two primary usernames and passwords to access accounts as a VCSU student: 
    • Campus Connection
    • VCSU email and Blackboard LMS

Programs Available

Early Childhood Endorsement
Elementary Education
English Education
History Education

Delivery Methods

Existing Home Campus Courses: These courses are a part of your home campus curriculum and are accepted as meeting some of the major requirements for VCSU's degree program.
Online: In these courses, students complete all coursework via the Internet. This includes interacting with each other and their instructor, completing coursework, turning in assignments, and taking examinations. Coursework can generally be completed at times convenient to the student (within the timeline of the course) from whenever an Internet connection is available.
Summer Workshops: A VCSU Instructor travels to a Wyoming campus to deliver the same course that is delivered on our campus but in a compressed timeframe. It is delivered to other Wyoming campuses via Wyoming Equality Network (WEN). Contact us for more information.

Offered by VCSU on the Campuses of:

Wyoming Elementary Education Program
Casper College - Casper, Wyoming
Central Wyoming College - Riverton, Wyoming
Eastern Wyoming College - Torrington, Wyoming
Gillette College - Gillette, Wyoming
Laramie County Community College - Cheyenne, Wyoming
Northwest College - Powell, Wyoming
Western Wyoming Community College - Rock Springs, Wyoming

Contact: School of Education and Graduate Studies

School of Education Assistant: Haley Jenrich
Phone: 1.800.532.8641 ext. 37189 or email Haley Jo Jenrich.
Professor: Dr. Gary Thompson
Phone: 1.800.532.8641 ext. 37197 or email Gary Thompson.

Wyoming English Education Program
Casper College - Casper, Wyoming
Central Wyoming College - Riverton, Wyoming
Eastern Wyoming College - Torrington, Wyoming
Gillette College - Gillette, Wyoming
Laramie County Community College - Cheyenne, Wyoming
Northwest College - Powell, Wyoming
Western Wyoming Community College - Rock Springs, Wyoming

Contact: Lee Kruger
Phone: 701-845-7540
Email: lee.krueger@vcsu.edu

Wyoming History Education Program
Casper College - Casper, Wyoming
Central Wyoming College - Riverton, Wyoming
Eastern Wyoming College - Torrington, Wyoming
Gillette College - Gillette, Wyoming
Laramie County Community College - Cheyenne, Wyoming
Northwest College - Powell, Wyoming
Western Wyoming Community College - Rock Springs, Wyoming

Contact: Steven King
Phone: 701-845-7108
Email: steven.king@vcsu.edu

Early Childhood Endorsement

The ND Early Childhood Endorsement prepares teachers to teach children ages 0-8 in accredited settings. An Elementary Education degree is required to obtain this license. VCSU encourages Elementary Education Majors to consider this option if they have a desire to work with or teach infants, toddlers, preschool-aged children, kindergarten, or specialize in teaching primary grades.

All coursework leading to the ND Early Childhood Endorsement is offered online. Coursework can be completed through VCSU and Casper College. This Endorsement is accepted by the PTSB in Wyoming.

In addition to the prescribed classes, students must also complete field experiences with infants and toddlers; do an 80 hour field experience in a preschool, student teach 5 weeks in kindergarten, and 10 weeks in a first, second or third grade classroom. Exception: ND allows those individuals who have completed one year of teaching kindergarten or first grade to substitute teaching in Kindergarten.

Adding the Endorsement to a Teaching License
The courses completed within the endorsement are listed on the VCSU transcript, however the endorsement is not specifically listed like a minor or major. Rather, the endorsement is added to a teaching license that is issued by the North Dakota ESPB (Education Standards and Practice Board) and PTSB (Professional Teaching Standards Board). To obtain the actual endorsement, students send to VCSU a Wyoming Institutional Recommendation form. The VCSU curriculum is designed to meet the requirements for the North Dakota ESPB early childhood endorsement.
Valley City State University and Casper College offers all coursework necessary to meet the North Dakota early childhood endorsement criteria.

Required CoursesCredits
EDUC 310 Intro to Early Childhood Education (VCSU) or
Or *EDEC 1020 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 313 Lang & Literacy in Early Childhood Ed (VCSU) 2
EDUC 337 Pre-K Observation and Assessment (VCSU) or
Or *EDEC 1100/1105 Observation and Guidance of Young Children 3
EDUC 435 Kindergarten Education & Curriculum (VCSU) 4
EDUC 485 Student Teaching-or-One Yr K-1 Experience 5
Or *EDEC 2210 Student Teaching in Early Childhood (CC) 6
* EDEC 1200 Administration and Leadership ECE3
*EDEC 1030 Infant and Toddler Care2
*EDEC 1035 Infant and Toddler Care Lab 1
Only required for Wyoming students:
*EDEC 1300/1305 Curriculum Planning/Devel. Lab 3
In addition to the prescribed classes, students must also complete field experiences with infants and toddlers;

*Offered through Casper College.

Contact: Gary Thompson
Phone: 701-845-7197
Email:gary.thompson@vcsu.edu

Campus Contact Information

Valley City State University
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072
1.800.532.8641
www.vcsu.edu
Allen Memorial Library
Jennifer Jenness, Director of Library Services
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7275
library@vcsu.edu
http://library.vcsu.edu
Office Hours (Monday – Friday)
Academic year: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
Summer session: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
Business Office
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7232
business.office@vcsu.edu
http://www.vcsu.edu/businessoffice
Education Office
Dr. Sheri Okland,
Dean of School of Education and Graduate Studies
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7184
sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu
Bookstore
Todd Rogelstad, Manager
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7209
todd.rogelstad@vcsu.edu
http://bookstore.vcsu.edu
Kim Knodle, Director of Student Teaching
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7186
kim.b.knodle@vscu.edu
Enrollment Services
Bridget Blunck, Admissions Counselor
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7112
enrollment.services@vcsu.edu
www.vcsu.edu/enrollmentservices
Tim Michaelson, Director of Field Experiences
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7183
timothy.michaelson@vcsu.edu
Registrar
Jody Klier, Registrar
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7295
registrar@vcsu.edu
http://www.vcsu.edu/registrar
Haley Jenrich, Administrative and Assessment Assistant with emphasis
in Teacher Education Program
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7189
haleyjo.jenrich@vcsu.edu
Student Academic Services
Kaleen Peterson, Director
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7302
academic.services@vcsu.edu
Irene Groth, Administrative Assistant and Certification Officer with emphasis
in Student Teaching
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7197
Irene.groth@vcsu.edu
Financial Aid
Marcia Pritchert, Director
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7541
marcia.pritchert@vcsu.edu
http://www.vcsu.edu/financialaid
701.845.7190 (fax)
www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed
Technology Services
1.800.532.8641 ext. 7340
technology.services@vcsu.edu
http://technologyservices.vcsu.edu



Office Information

Mailing Address:
School of Education and Graduate Studies
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072

Fax: 701.845.7190

Contact Information:
Teacher Education Programs contact:
Dr. Sheri Okland
Dean of Education
Phone:701.845.7184
Email:sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu

Field Experiences & Student Teaching contact:
Kim B. Knodle
Director of Field Experiences
Phone:701.845.7186
Email:kim.b.knodle@vcsu.edu
For more information contact:
Irene Groth, Certification Officer & Administrative Assistant
Phone:701.845.7196
Email: irene.groth@vcsu.edu

For more information contact:
Haley Jenrich, Administrative & Assessment Assistant
Phone:701.845.7189
Email: haleyjo.jenrich@vcsu.edu