Teaching Degrees in North Dakota

A bachelor’s degree is the first requirement for receiving a North Dakota teaching license. While an education-related degree is not required, prospective teachers with a non-education major must complete an additional program in North Dakota teacher education. Therefore, undergraduates should consider a degree in education to expedite the application process for a North Dakota teacher license after graduating.

North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota, Minot State University, and Dickinson State University are the four largest teaching schools in North Dakota. The following article will compare the various programs and degrees available for North Dakota teacher certification at each university.

North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University’s School of Education offers 18 specialized bachelor’s degrees in education, including programs in agriculture, English, music, mathematics, and various sciences. An undergraduate degree in general elementary education is also offered in partnership with Valley City State University. Nine master’s degree programs are also available in these and additional fields, as well as a doctoral program with emphasis on either Institutional Analysis or Occupational and Adult Education.

University of North Dakota

The Department of Education and Human Development at the University of North Dakota offers eight undergraduate majors in educational fields, such as Bachelor of Science degrees in early childhood, elementary school, and middle school education. Students who complete course work offered by the sub-department of Teaching and Learning fulfill professional education requirements in North Dakota. UND also has 26 graduate programs, including doctoral degrees, in the areas of educational foundations and research, teaching and learning, educational leadership, and physical education.

Minot State University

Minot State University’s Department of Teacher Education & Human Performance has three undergraduate programs related to education: elementary, secondary, and physical education. Course work within the department has an emphasis on leadership abilities and decision-making through in-class experience and student teaching. A Master of Education degree is also available for graduates, as well as supplemental teacher certification in Water Safety Instruction (WSI), Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Hunter Education.

Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University’s Department of Teacher Education offers a few bachelor’s degree teaching options, including elementary education and technology education. In addition, Dickinson State University recently added graduate degree options, which include educational research, technology, educational foundations, curriculum development and design, and cultural diversity. This university also makes the West River Teacher Center available for K-12 educators seeking continuing professional development and supplemental licensure.

Dickinson State University

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291 Campus Drive
Dickinson, ND 58601-4896
(701) 483-2507

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Mayville State University

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330 Third Street NE
Mayville, ND 58257-1299
(701) 788-2301

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Minot State University

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500 University Ave W
Minot, ND 58707
(701) 858-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

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1301 12th Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
(701) 231-8011

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Sitting Bull College

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9299 Hwy 24
Fort Yates, ND 58538-9721
(701) 854-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Turtle Mountain Community College

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10145 BIA #7 North
Belcourt, ND 58316
(701) 477-7862

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

University of Jamestown

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608 6th St NE
Jamestown, ND 58405
(701) 252-3467

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

University of Mary

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7500 University Dr
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 255-7500

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

University of North Dakota

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264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8193
(800) 225-5863

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Valley City State University

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101 College St SW
Valley City, ND 58072
(701) 845-7990

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
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