The following requirements are based on the 2014 - 2016 catalog.

Applicants are admitted to study at Valley City State University on the basis of academic and personal qualifications, consistent with the admissions policies established for all public colleges and universities in the state. The admittance and continuance requirements of the Teacher Education Program go beyond those of the institution. Students are typically admitted into teacher education during their sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. While enrolled in EDUC 250, the introductory course to Teacher Education, the VCSU Teacher Education Program Handbook is reviewed online. Enrollees are given application forms to complete and submit to the Dean and the Teacher Education Committee.

Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education

The student who intends to pursue a program in teacher education must apply to the Teacher Education Committee and be approved for admission to the program. A student must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
    A teacher candidate seeking admission to Teacher Education with a cumulative GPA between 2.50 and 2.74 may be considered for approval to Teacher Education by the Teacher Education Committee if the candidate has a 2.75 GPA in the candidate’s education major(s) or a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in the past two semesters. The teacher candidate must also have acceptable dispositions and field experience evaluations.
  • Satisfactory academic performance with a “C” or better in the general education composition requirement and successful completion of a speech screening test.
  • Written recommendations from the advisor, a School of Education instructor, and any other related professionals.
  • Meet state standards on North Dakota required tests to measure prospective teacher’s content knowledge in reading, writing, and mathematics. See for test requirements.
    • As of 9/1/2014, candidates must meet state and VCSU CORE standards. North Dakota’s CORE standards are: Reading (156), Writing (160), Math (150). Students must meet the passing score for two of the three tests with a composite score of 466 or higher.
  • Demonstrate proper dispositions necessary to teach for learning.
  • Satisfactory academic performance with a “C” or better in EDUC 250: Introduction to Education.

The Teacher Education Committee will review the documentation and make a recommendation to the School of Education Dean to accept or deny the application for admission to the program. If the applicant is denied admission due to a condition that can be corrected, the applicant may reapply when the deficiency is removed.

Continuance in Teacher Education

In order to continue in the Teacher Education program, the student must:

  • Continue to maintain cumulative grade point average requirements set forth in Criteria for Admission to Teacher Education.
  • Demonstrate proper disposition and evidence of good conduct, physical and mental health; and
  • Continue to obtain satisfactory recommendations from faculty, staff, and field experience supervisors.

If requirements for continuance are not maintained, the Teacher Education Committee may recommend suspension from the program. The Committee will forward its recommendation to the Dean who will make the final decision. Any such action would be reflected in a letter from the School of Education Dean to the student and the advisor.

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

Field Experiences & Student Teaching contact:
Kim B. Knodle
Director of Field Experiences
For more information contact:
Irene Groth, Certification Officer & Administrative Assistant

For more information contact:
Haley Jenrich, Administrative & Assessment Assistant