NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

Course Descriptions

ND Petroleum Council Teacher Ed 2019

EDUC 2000

The Teacher Education Seminar expands participating teachers’ knowledge of the North Dakota oil and gas industry, from its prehistoric beginnings to the final product. The seminar covers various aspects of the industry including history, geology, physics, engineering, production issues, refining and marketing, employment needs, and the impact of oil tax on state tax revenues, policy decisions and the state’s budget surplus. Educators have numerous hands-on activities including oil rig, well site, and refinery tours.


  • Participating educators will gain a better understanding of the North Dakota oil and gas industry components.
  • Teachers will better understand all of the stages, work processes and the industry professionals that play a part in moving oil from the ground to the consumer.
  • They will develop a factual basis/background of the substantial cost and risk required to explore, produce and refine a barrel of oil.
  • Their gained understanding of the industry’s impact on North Dakota, paired with the knowledge of what skills companies are looking for in employees, will allow them to educate students on the possibility of a career in the oil and gas industry.
  • The educators’ hands-on experiences and completed activities will provide them a foundation for integrating similar activities into their classrooms.

Required Materials:

All materials will be provided.

"This course really strengthened my understanding of science concepts which are applied in the oil industry. The pairing of classwork and field tours was extremely helpful."

"The hands-on activities made available for classroom instruction as well as the peer relationships developed with other teachers."

"The lectures both at the college and on site at various locations were most informative, and those speaking to us were all very professional and real experts in their fields. I had not realized how much new information we would be introduced to, and I feel all this new knowledge gives me a much stronger background when facilitating discussions in the classroom and in the community."

"This was an excellent course. I hope more teachers become aware of the importance of oil production the state."

"Very organized with great time scheduling. Very professional speakers and presenters."

"I am grateful that you do this. Thank you for educating educators about the oil industry! I for one feel much more knowledgeable about the whole process of getting the oil out of the ground to the consumer!"