NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals


To register for a K-12 professional development class, find the class in the "List of K-12 classes" and click on the "register now" link.  Prior to enrolling for professional development credit, please be sure to check with your licensing board to be certain professional development credit is appropriate for your renewal needs.

Please be sure to use your legal name when registering. If you have taken a class with NDSU Distance and Continuing Education under a former name (maiden name, etc.), please make note of that in the "Former Name" section provided on the first page of the registration form, otherwise use your current legal name if no change has been made or if you have not taken a class with us before. Please note that your registration will not be processed until payment has been received. 


A bachelor's degree is required to be eligible to take these classes. You do not need to be admitted to NDSU to enroll in a professional development class with the 600 level designation, but these courses will not be eligible for degree credit towards an NDSU degree program. The 792 course designation at NDSU is for graduate-level classwork and requires admission to the NDSU Graduate School. (Note: a $35.00 application fee may apply). These classes are degree eligible and may be eligible for use on programs of study. Be sure to check with your program advisor prior to registering for these classes.

Please allow 2 – 3 business days for registration processing. You will receive an email from either Distance & Continuing Education or from the instructor to begin your course.

Registration Dates for Spring, Summer & Fall courses (unless otherwise denoted)

Partner Classes

Several classes may link you to the registration page of a third-party organization that we partner with to expand our educational opportunities. To ensure that the professional development class is posted to your NDSU transcript be sure to indicate to the partner that you want to obtain credit through NDSU. 

Some K-12 professional development classes may require that you register for the conference or activity in addition to registering for credit with NDSU. Please check the special instructions for each teacher training class for more details.

Course Completion:  

A maximum of 15 credits per semester (Fall & Spring Semesters) and 12 credits (Summer Semester) is allowed. In some instances, students can have up to one calendar year to complete a professional development class; however, we suggest you make every effort to complete them in the semester you registered.


Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided. Please e-mail NDSU Distance and Continuing Education at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request to cancel your completed registration. 

Tuition & Fees: 

The cost for the class varies per professional development offering based on the delivery mode and number of credits. Some classes require the purchase of textbooks in addition to the cost of the class. This will be listed within the class information before registering. 

Textbooks & Supplies 

Contact your instructor directly to determine where to get textbooks and other supplies needed for your NDSU Distance and Continuing Education classes.  Some textbooks and supplies may be available at the NDSU Bookstore.


Classes offered through NDSU Distance and Continuing Education are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and are approved through the academic departments and colleges at NDSU. Teachers should verify with their school district, certification board, licensing board, or graduate program advisor to ensure these classes will meet their individual needs prior to registering.

Transcripts & Grading:

If you require an unofficial transcript or if you need to order an official transcript, please view our transcript ordering instructions. Individuals are encouraged to review their unofficial transcript to ensure all grades are posted prior to ordering an official transcript. A fee applies to order an official transcript. Please allow 2 - 3 weeks once you have submitted your course work to the instructor for grades to be posted to your transcript. 

Course Designations

600 Classes

The 600 class designation is reserved for professional development for teachers and is designed to help teachers stay current in their fields, meet their recertification needs, and salary advancement goals. Classes with the 600 designations do not require admission to the NDSU Graduate School, and consequently, are not eligible for use on graduate programs of study. A bachelor's degree is a prerequisite for registration. Registration is not complete until payment has been received. Teachers should verify with their certification/licensing boards to ensure professional development courses will meet their individual staff development needs prior to registering.

792 Classes

The 792 class designation at NDSU is for graduate-level courses and requires admission to the NDSU Graduate School. (Note: a $35.00 application fee may apply) These classes are degree eligible and may be eligible for use on a graduate program of study. Up to ten credits as a non-degree seeking student may be used on a plan of study at NDSU with the approval of the supervisory committee, the program administrator, and the graduate dean. 

Delivery Modes:

Our classes are available through a variety of class formats so that you can choose an option that will provide the best educational experience for your learning style. These options are convenient, affordable, and flexible based on your needs. The delivery methods are categorized as follows: 


Online professional development classes may use a learning management system called Blackboard (some classes may use Moodle) to post a syllabus, materials, assignments, and communication from instructors. Users do all work online and then submit assignments digitally in a digital drop box.


Print-based professional development classes have a printed packet that includes a syllabus, materials, assignments, and communication from instructors. Packets are generally mailed to you upon registration. A few print-based classes have materials available at the NDSU Bookstore.


These professional development classes are an infusion of other delivery modes. 

Video Classes

These professional development classes are in a DVD format. All materials are shipped directly to your home address.

Face-to-Face Classes

These professional development classes are offered in a regular classroom setting.  They may be offered for regional K-12 teachers or for specific school districts and their staff development requirements.  School districts nationwide may request approval from NDSU Distance and Continuing Education for a face-to-face class they want to offer to their teachers for staff development purposes.


Contact NDSU Distance and Continuing Education by email or at 701-231-7015. Our office hours are between 8:00am and 5:00pm and we will do our best to respond promptly.