School of Education & Graduate Studies

Dean: Dr. Sheri Okland, Ed.D.
Director, Office of Graduate Studies and Research: James Boe, Ph.D.

The Valley City State University Teacher Education Program prepares exemplary teachers who are knowledge based decision makers. Our mission is reflected in preservice teacher education, advanced studies at the graduate level, and in our professional development workshops. The program is committed to learner-centered education and effective use of instructional technology. The VCSU proud tradition of preparing quality teachers since 1890 continues today on campus and online!

Online Master of Education

VCSU offers a practitioner-oriented Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program designed for working education professionals who wish to further their career by achieving graduate-level credentials. Since the program is completely online, students can complete coursework anytime from anywhere an internet connection is available. Six concentrations are available in Library and Information Technologies, Teaching English Language Learners, Teaching and Technology, Technology Education, Elementary Education and English Education. Graduate certificate programs are also available in STEM Education, Library and Information Technology, English Language Learners as well as additional options in Communication, History, and Career and Technical Education.

Undergraduate Licensure Programs

A wide variety of Bachelor's programs (B.S. in Ed.) qualify our graduates to teach subjects in their major field of study in the state of North Dakota (licensure is typically comparable with and transferable to other states, though other requirements may apply). Minor degree programs and endorsements give students options to add specialized credentials. Many field experiences are available culminating in the student teaching assignment during the senior year. Other unique opportunities are also available such as our Cultural Diversity Practicum, Clinical Practice, and studies in the field of English Language Learners.

Office Information

Mailing Address:
School of Education and Graduate Studies
101 College Street SW
Valley City, ND 58072
Phone: 701.845.7196


Questions on School of Education contact:
General Questions: Irene Groth
Phone: 701.845.7196

Dr. Sheri Okland
Dean, School of Education and Graduate Studies
Phone: 701.845.7197
Questions on Graduate Studies:
Misty Lindgren
Phone: 701.845.7303

Office of Graduate Studies
Dr. James Boe, Director
Phone: 701.845.7304