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Our Online Program

Since our first articulation agreement with Northwest College, a community college in Wyoming, in 2010, VCSU has established multiple other articulations with community colleges in North Dakota and Wyoming, and received State Board of Higher Education approval to offer the online English Ed degree in 2011.

Since then, we’ve graduated over a dozen students from Wyoming, Alaska, and North Dakota, placed graduates in the Williston, Dickinson, Fargo, and Bismarck school districts in North Dakota and various districts in Wyoming, and currently have students from California, Washington, Wyoming, Maryland, Minnesota, and North Dakota pursuing the degree with us.

Along the way, we've become expert at ensuring the program offers the following virtues:

Efficiency: Earn your Bachelor degree as quickly as possible by working with a dedicated faculty advisor to take full advantage of the coursework you have already completed.

Convenience: Complete your degree from wherever you are, without worrying about losing ground if you need to move.

Affordability: Pay the same low tuition rate as North Dakota residents regardless of where you liveprovided your state allows you to legally take classes online from another state’s institutions.

Additional Opportunities: Pursue special interests or further improve your marketability by earning VCSU’s credentials in related fields such as Teaching English Language Learners (ELL), Library Media and Information Science (LMIS), and others.

How It Works

Students complete all coursework via the Internet, including interacting with professors, discussing peer work and turning in assignments via Blackboard, and submitting papers and examinations online. Coursework can generally be completed at times convenient to the student (within the expectations of individual courses) from wherever an Internet connection is available. Additionally, VCSU faculty will work diligently to arrange practicums and student teaching assignments at secondary schools near you.

Finally, all five professors on the English side of our program teach full-time exclusively at VCSU...with the exception of our Vice President for Academic Affairs, a Shakespeare scholar, who teaches three courses in our rotation pro bono...and classes are typically small, typically ranging from 6-18 students, so we can afford to provide the sort of individual attention many online programs can't.  We enjoy that luxury, and hope you will too. 

What Our Graduates Have To Say

By taking the time to thoughtfully respond to our assignments and facilitate our learning, a community was created and many of the students got to know each other, which doesn’t always happen in an online format. Laura Bearce (’12), 11th Grade English, Williston (ND) High School

…my experience with Valley City was rigorous and challenging. I can't say enough great things about VCSU and how well I felt prepared coming into my first year. My school district has also been very impressed with the quality of education that I received. Sarah Staley (’15), 9th Grade English and Creative Writing, Worland (WY) High School

VCSU's online English Ed program allowed me the flexibility I need as a working mom. I completed my assignments and projects when it worked best for me, rather than having to attend a scheduled class, which wouldn't have been possible. The professors are always available to help in a timely manner and provide students with the necessary tools to enter the education field. I wouldn't be teaching today without VCSU's online program. Laura Qualey (’15), 7th Grade English, Ben Franklin Middle School, Fargo (ND)

The English Ed program was extremely accommodating to my husband's military lifestyle. I have nothing but great experiences with professors, my advisors, and the staff at the college. Even though I've never stepped foot on campus, I felt listened to and heard, and I would do it all over again if I had to. Adrienne Riedel (’15), 8th Grade English, Jim Hill Middle School, Minot (ND)

Office Information

Department Chair:
Julee A. Russell, Ph.D.
Phone: 701-845-7440

Department Assistant:
LaDonna Anderson 
Phone: 701-845-7310

Office Location
McFarland 315