Valley City State University offers 'Transition to Teaching' as an alternative teacher licensure program. The curriculum is created for career-changing individuals, persons with baccalaureate degrees related to teaching-shortage content areas and persons from industry or the military who have specific career-technical skills.

Who may participate?

Both academic and career-technical teachers are eligible. Candidates for the program must (1) be under contract to a local school district, and, (2) possess an interim license issued by the Education Standards and Practices Board or a two-year provisional credential in Trade, Industry, Technical or Health Careers through the Department of Career and Technical Education.

If you are a new student to VCSU, you must be admitted before you can register for coursework. Please visit Admissions to learn more about this process. If you have previously taken courses at VCSU or have questions, please contact your Staff Advisor or the VCSU School of Education.

What's Involved?

The participant will join a cohort of new teachers in clinical practice, a combination of professional education activities and planned support within each participant's own school:

  1. The participant is mentored in his/her own school for a full school year. If the mentor or participant teach in different subject areas, the participant is teamed with a content specialist - an experienced teacher in the participant's subject area at another school who will be a resource person for subject-specific questions.
  2. The participant is required to attend five professional development seminars. The first seminar is offered twice, you only need to attend one.  Sessions are offered on Thursday, August 10, 2017 and Friday, September 1, 2017. Two seminars are scheduled before the middle of December. Two seminars are scheduled for second semester.
  3. The participant will practice what he/she is learning, assess that practice, and reflect on the implications of the experience for teaching and learning.
The participant will earn university credit for EDUC 492 Clinical Practice (student teaching) and for EDUC 250 Introduction to Education. The participant may take courses on a campus or through Valley City State University's distance education to fulfill his/her individual degree plan.