Programs

VALLEY PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITIES OFFER “VALUE ADDED” COURSE OPTIONS

The following course options are designed to "add value" to the teacher preparation programs at each of our Valley Partnership universities.  These options are all available to veteran educators and teacher candidates attending any of our three partner institutions (Minnesota State University Moorhead; North Dakota State University in Fargo; Valley City State University). 

Please visit with your advisor for additional information or contact us by clicking on any of the University names for links and email information.

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MOORHEAD

Special Education Minor

This new minor is available to early childhood, elementary, secondary and K-12 education majors from each of the universities.  The 15 credit minor includes nine credits of required coursework and six credits of electives (electives allow specialization within the targeted age range of licensure).  Coursework within the minor will provide general educators with the knowledge and skills to participate in individual planning and inclusive opportunities for learners with disabilities.

Special Education Licensure Coursework

Education majors can take coursework toward Minnesota licensure to teach in Special Education through the B.S. Degree in Elementary Inclusion Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead, declaring one or more of the following licensure areas: Developmental Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.  Special Education coursework is offered online, hybrid and on campus.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certificate

This certificate is available to education majors from each of the three universities.  The 15 credit certificate includes coursework that introduces the history and characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, examines assessment and identification of ASD, explores communication, social, and educational interventions for individuals with ASD and discusses best practice instructional and curriculum approaches.  A course specific to the needs of individuals with Asperger's Disorder is also included in this certificate as is a class in understanding student behavior.  All classes for the ASD certificate are offered online.

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NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

Middle School Endorsement

The Middle School Endorsement consists of a series of four courses in adilescent development, middle school methodology, middle school philosophy and content area reading for a total of 10 credits at the undergraduate, graduate or continuing education levels.  The Middle School Endorsement enables teacher candidates to earn a North Dakota middle school endorsement and/or allows candidates who complete coursework in North Dakota to earn a 5-8 or 5-12 content area teaching license in Minnesota.  NDSU coursework is available face-to-face or online.

Secondary Reading Credential

The Title I reading credential program is intended for students pursuing a major in elementary or secondary education.  The reading credential involves courses in areas such as diagnosis and correction of reading, a reading field experience and additional courses in reading and language arts.

Certificate in School Based Assessment

The Certificate in School Based Assessment wlil prepare educators to be leaders in school-based assessment through a series of online courses.  The graduate-level courses will prepare educators to use assessment to design interventions, to work with other educators in the use and design of assessments and to understand the purpose, advantages and limitations of various assessments used.

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VALLEY CITY STATE UNIVERSITY

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Endorsement

A STEM Endorsement for elementary and secondary education candidates is available online to students from all three campuses in the Valley Partnership.  More than just a collection of subjects, the STEM Endorsement program provides an interdisciplinary method of thinking, organizing and motivating.  STEM courses are based on materials and resources from the Boston Museum of Science's National Center for Technology Literacy as well as input from other local experts.  Field experiences in a STEM school provide the candidate with the opportunity to experience teaching within the STEM model.

English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement

This add-on endorsement/licensure for P-12 candidates provides language education coursework that encompasses the psycholinguistic theories of first and second language acquisition.  The ELL program includes specific sheltered instruction methods and approaches along with authentic assessment practices for ELLs.  This endorsement provides ELL teachers with the required knowledge and skills to appropriately adapt content curriculum for ELL students while promoting English language proficiency.  The ELL Endorsement/licensure is predicated upon an education degree.  Teacher candidates outside North Dakota seeking to use this coursework for certification need to determine the specific requirements for teacher certification in their state.  ELL Endorsement coursework is offered online.

Title I Reading Credential

The Title I Reading Credential program is intended for students pursuing a major in elementary or secondary education.  The reading credential involves courses in diagnosis and correction of reading, a reading field experience and additional courses in reading and language arts.  The purpose of the Title I credential is to put qualified teachers in the field to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and State academic assessments (U.S. Department of Education).  All reading credential coursework is offered online.

Middle School Endorsement

The Middle School Endorsement consists of a series of four courses in adolescent development, middle school methodology, middle school philosophy and content area reading for a total of 10 credits at the undergraduate, graduate or continuing education levels.  The middle school endorsement enables teacher candidates to earn a North Dakota middle school endorsement and/or allow candidates who complete coursework in North Dakota to earn a 5-8 or 5-12 content area teaching license in Minnesota.  VCSU courses are offered online.

Kindergarten Endorsement

The North Dakota Kindergarten Endorsement certifies teachers to teach pre-school and kindergarten in accredited settings.  A Kindergarten Endorsement is an attachment to an elementary education license and, though originally designed for the re-education of teachers, VCSU encourages elementary education majors to consider this option if they have a desire to teach pre-school or kindergarten.  All coursework leading to the North Dakota Kindergarten Endorsement is offered online through VCSU and can be complete in a single calendar year.  The following courses are offered online and are required for the Kindergarten Endorsement:

EDUC 310: Introduction to Early Childhood Education - 3 credits

EDUC 313: Language & Literacy in Early Childhood Education - 2 credits

EDUC 337: Pre-K Observation & Assessment - 3 credits

EDUC 435: Kindergarten Education & Curriculum - 4 credits

EDUC 485: Student Teaching - 5 credits or K-1 Experience

Library and Information Science Minor

Individuals requesting information for this minor should click on LIBRARY MINOR or email us as directed at the end of this program description.

Students interested in a Library and Information Science Minor can add a library minor to their degree from any of the three partner universities.  This program offers several career paths including the School Library Media Specialist.  The Library and Information Science Minor will qualify those with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree for credentialing as a school library media speciialist in the state of North Dakota.  All library minor courses are delivered completely online during the academic year.  In addition, all courses are offered in a combination of on-campus/online short course format during the summer.

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