What are Credentials?
Credentials (placement files) contain references, student teaching final evaluation, transcripts, additional information the applicant feels is critical to their job search.

Copies of these documents are mailed, faxed, or emailed, to potential employers.

The applicant must keep their credentials up to date – references should not be more than two (2) years old. Keep transcripts current also.

Who should write a letter of recommendation? Never a relative!

  • Cooperating teacher
  • Supervising teacher
  • Principals/Superintendent
  • University faculty from your area of study; Advisor
  • A work supervisor; Volunteer or paid experience
  • University coach; Club/organization advisor

Letters should never be handwritten – typed or computer-generated. Must be SIGNED and DATED!

Your letter of recommendation should come from those who can speak directly to your abilities in the classroom and on working with children. Career-related references, not character references, are most useful to employers.

Limit your recommendations to a maximum of six (6) and a minimum of three (3).

When do schools receive my credentials?
As soon as you see a position you are interested in, you APPLY!

What do I send and in what order?

  • Cover Sheet
  • Letter of Application
  • Resume
  • Letters of Reference
  • Student Teaching Evaluation
  • Transcripts (download from ConnectND)
  • Copy of Teaching License (when you have one)
  • District Application, if they require one

Use a large 9x12 envelope. Type address or use a computer-generated label – don't handwrite the address.

Be sure to follow exactly how the school district wants you to apply. Many schools are using a total online process, others want hard copies mailed. Supply them what they want and how they want it.

Office Information

Coordinator: Kari Bodine

Email: career.services@vcsu.edu

Office Location: Vangstad 020

Phone Numbers

800-532-8641 ext. 37534 

Career Services
Valley City State University
101 College St SW
Valley City, ND 58072

Office Hours
Academic Year: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.