Program Contact

Why Seek a Special Education Endorsement?

The strategist special education endorsement allows teachers with valid North Dakota educator's professional license in elementary education to: 

  • teach in an elementary education classroom 
  • teach or provide direct instruction to all LD, ED or ID elementary students 
  • consult K-12, LD, ED or ID students
The Special Education Endorsement at VCSU follows the Endorsement requirements specified by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practice Board (ESPB). Teachers outside North Dakota seeking to use this coursework for certification need to determine the specific requirements for teacher certification in their state. The Special Education Endorsement is predicated upon an education degree.

Study Online

All coursework leading to the Strategist Special Education Endorsement is offered online from VCSU. 

Practical Experience

Students will complete 150 field experience hours with practicums focusing on assessment, a specific learning disabilities, emotional disorders, and intellectual disabilities. 

Adding the Endorsement to a Teaching License

The courses completed within the Strategist Special Education endorsement are listed on the VCSU transcript, however the endorsement is not specifically listed like a minor or major. To obtain the actual endorsement, students make application to the ND ESPB after graduation and attainment of their initial ND license for elementary teaching.

Required Courses Credits
EDUC 240 Educating Exceptional Students 3
EDUC 250 Intro to Education3
EDUC 300 Educational Technology 2
EDUC 323 Methods of Reading Instruction2
SPED 340 Learning Disabilities,Emotional Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities 3
EDUC 430 Diagnosis, and Correction of Reading Difficulties 3
SPED 310 Behavior Modification3
SPED 333 Assessment of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 380 Collaboration, Consultation, and Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 382 Methods and Materials of SLD2
SPED 383 Methods and Materials of ED2
SPED 384 Methods and Materials of ID2
SPED 486 Student Teaching - 6 weeks5

Online Course Schedule

All courses are available completely online, unless otherwise specified. Schedule is subject to change. Check course schedule at for latest information.

EDUC 240online online
EDUC 250online 
EDUC 300online
EDUC 323face to faceworkshop
SPED 340online
EDUC 430face to faceonline
SPED 310online
SPED 333online
SPED 380online
SPED 382online
SPED 383online
SPED 384online

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