There are two main degree paths at the graduate level: (1) study for licensed teachers who wish to improve their practice, and (2) initial teacher licensure for individuals who already hold a bachelor's degree in a teachable major. We also welcome candidates who wish to study pedagogy but do not have a K-12 background and plan to teach in community or higher education.
The graduate programs for practicing teachers are designed to be flexible enough to meet the unique career requirements of each candidate. Coursework is designed with the working professional in mind; all coursework offered through the Teacher Education program is available through a distance delivery format and outside of K-12 school day hours, making the program accessible to practicing educators.
The Master's of Education Teacher Licensure Option allows most coursework to be taken from a distance and during the summer, but some coursework may only be offered in face-to-face format. Please contact Stacy.Duffield@ndsu.edu for more information about these degree plans.
There are 10 graduate degree options in Teacher Education. Nine of the degree programs are for practicing teachers who wish to improve their practice and include Agricultural Education, Curriculum and Instruction, English, family and consumer sciences, history, mathematics, music, science, and social science.
The Teacher Licensure Option is available for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in a teachable major such as family and consumer sciences, mathematics, science, history, or English. See the Graduate Handbook for additional information about these degree options.
NDSU is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, which offers degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences Education for those who are pursuing a teaching license and for those who already have a teaching license. For additional information click here.
Admission to the Program
The following items are required for admission:
- A statement of career goals consistent with the five propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS, http://www.nbpts.org) as well as reasons for applying to the program.
- Official transcripts verifying all undergraduate coursework and degrees earned from accredited institutions.
- Contact information for three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation.
- GPA for post-secondary coursework must meet one of the following conditions:
- cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- GPA for the final 30 semester credits of graded undergraduate coursework is 3.25 or higher
- GPA for 10 semester credits of graduate coursework must be 3.0 or higher
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.
See the Graduate Handbook p.6 for full application details.