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The middle level endorsement is an optional certification that is added to a North Dakota teacher license. The program is intended to serve students majoring in elementary and secondary education, as well as, practicing teachers who wish to teach in a North Dakota middle school.

Practical Experience

In addition to the prescribed classes, students must also complete a 20 hour field experience in an approved middle school setting and a middle level endorsement must include 24 semester hours for a single content area verified by official VCSU transcripts.

Study Online

All the courses for the endorsement are offered online. The teacher education program at VCSU is accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). Faculty who teach middle level courses have teaching experience in the middle school and have many years of classroom experience.

Adding the Endorsement to a Teaching License

The course 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 Practices Board). To obtain the actual endorsement, students make application to the North Dakota ESPB after graduation. The VCSU curriculum is designed to meet the requirements for the North Dakota ESPB middle level endorsement. Endorsement and teacher licensure requirements vary by state. 

Required Courses Credits
EDUC 305 Philosophy and Curriculum of Middle Level Education3
EDUC 375 Teaching Reading in the Content Area 2
EDUC 470 Methods of Teaching in the Middle School3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
Students are required to complete a 20 hour practicum in an approved middle level setting.
Students must complete 24 semester hours in the content area. 

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