NExT stands for the Network for Excellence in Teaching and is a Bush Foundation sponsored initiative.
In 2009, Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Valley City State University (VCSU) were awarded a $6 million grant to collaborate for the purpose of improving our teacher education programs. The grant focuses on five pillars:

  • Recruit the best and brightest candidates to teacher education
  • Prepare effective teachers
  • Place graduates in supportive environments
  • Support graduates in their first three years in the profession
  • Measure effectiveness of the initiative

Office Information

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

Fax: 701.845.7190

Contact Information:
Teacher Education Programs contact:
Dr. Sheri Okland
Dean of Education
Phone:701.845.7184
Email:sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu

Field Experiences & Student Teaching contact:
Kim B. Knodle
Director of Field Experiences
Phone:701.845.7186
Email:kim.b.knodle@vcsu.edu
For more information contact:
Irene Groth, Certification Officer & Administrative Assistant
Phone:701.845.7196
Email: irene.groth@vcsu.edu

For more information contact:
Haley Jenrich, Administrative & Assessment Assistant
Phone:701.845.7189
Email: haleyjo.jenrich@vcsu.edu