Latest News on the proposed VCSU Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree

The information provided on this page is based on the application for a change of status that described our plans for a Master of Education degree. All of this information is subject to change and is specifically contingent upon approval by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of our request to offer a master's degree.

Our Status

In January of 2005, the Board of Directors of the State Board of Higher Education approved VCSU's request for a change of status that would enable us to offer a Master of Education degree. VCSU then submitted a proposal to the HLC describing the specifics of the program VCSU proposes to offer. This proposal is currently being reviewed by the HLC. They conducted a Focus visit on June 6 and 7, and they expect to issue their recommendation this fall. We are offering the first courses during the fall semester of 2005.

Overview of VCSU's Proposed Master of Education:

The M.Ed. that VCSU has proposed is designed for practicing teachers in either elementary or secondary education. Our proposal describes two concentrations:

Concentration in Technology Education (Tech Ed):

  • Designed for primary and secondary level educators who are interested in teaching Technology Education, a field that currently faces a substantial nationwide shortage of qualified teachers.
  • Curriculum will be based on VCSU's current online bachelor's degree program in Technology Education, the first and only program designed from the ground up to comply with the standards for technological literacy defined by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA).

Concentration in Teaching and Technology:

  • Designed for any teacher at either primary or secondary levels wishing to pursue a master's degree.
  • Curriculum will focus on use of technologies to enrich teaching and learning. With the rapid changes in technology, teachers must become effective users of technology and develop strategies for successfully integrating technology into the classroom to enhance the learning experience.
  • Much of the curriculum is expected to be available online, but some face-to-face coursework is also expected.

Planned Requirements for graduation:

15 credits for core courses.
21 credits for the concentration in Technology Education.
17 credits for the concentration in Teaching & Technology.

Course Schedule

In the fall semester of 2005, we will offer two master's-level courses:

Educ 610: Research in Education (3 credits). The purpose of the course is to provide students with the research tools necessary to actively engage in educational research at the graduate level. The course content includes an introduction to research techniques and methodologies. Emphasis is on basic statistics, current theories of qualitative and quantitative research as well as applications of computer technology to problems addressed in educational research.

Tech 650: Standards Based Curriculum Development (3 credits). This course provides a thorough review of content standards (Standards for Technological Literacy), and program standards for technology education (Advancing Excellence in Technology Education). Standards based curriculum development and methods as well as laboratory management, safety issues and student organizations are covered.

Specific scheduling information is not yet available. Watch this web page for more information as it becomes available.

Tuition:

ND resident base tuition has been set at $251.21 per credit. Additional fees will apply to courses under the Technology Education concentration, and may apply to other courses. Watch this web page for more information as it becomes available.

Admission:

Applications for admission must be received by August 23.

The following information is needed to complete your file for the Office of Graduate Studies. Items 1-2 must be sent in one envelope to:

The Office of Graduate Studies
Valley City State University
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072

All items must be received before the applicant will be considered for admission.

1. Application. Completed application form.

2. Application fee. A non-refundable fee of $35 must accompany the application. International students must also submit a $100 US tuition deposit. Checks or money orders must be made out to Valley City State University.

3. Transcripts. Official transcripts from each college or university where you have been enrolled or are currently enrolled are required. One must show graduation from a regionally accredited institution awarding a baccalaureate degree. Include undergraduate and graduate work.

4. Letters of recommendation. Three (3) letters from people competent to judge probable success in graduate school. Send a Reference Form to each of your references. Have the references return the completed form to you in sealed envelopes. Do not open the sealed envelopes, but send them as a packet to the VCSU Office of Graduate Studies.

5. Written statement. A written statement of career goals OR an essay discussing professional philosophy and professional goals. Include in the statement or essay your preparation in the field of education.

Required test scores. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 must submit scores from at least one examination such as the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), the Millers Analogies Test (MAT), or the Praxis Series (or National Teachers Examination). Arrange to have official test scores sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Financial Aid:

You may begin the process of applying for financial aid by completing this form and returning it to us, and visiting the FAFSA web site at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to complete the FAFSA application. Watch this web page for more information as it becomes available.

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Office Information

For more information on:
Tech Ed concentration contact:
Department Chair:
Dr. Don Mugan
Phone: 701-845-7128
Email: don.mugan@vcsu.edu

Other questions contact:
Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Jim Wigtil
Phone: 701-845-7200
Email: james.wigtil@vcsu.edu

Mailing Address:
Enrollment Services
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072