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’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.
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’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’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.