Program Overview

Valley City State University Graduate School offers a unique program in the Master of Education. The vision of this program is to offer educational programs to serve professional practitioners. Within this program there is a concentration in Teaching English Language Learners, which may be earned upon the completion of 34 credit hours.

Once accepted into the program, the course path includes core course (12 credit hours), required courses (19 hours) and special program requirements (3 credit hours). The core classes include: Research in Education, Supervision & Assessment for Teachers & Learners and Exceptionality, and Diversity & Difference. The required classes include: Authentic Assessment Strategies and Evaluation to ELLs, Methods of Teaching, and English and Academic Content to ELLs, among others. Lastly, the special program classes include research application and the concentration capstone.

This concentration provides students a flexible schedule for completing the masters program. All courses are taught online, and provide the opportunity for students to complete two courses each semester and still receive their degree in Master of Education Concentration in Teaching English Language Learners within two years. This schedule is possible because each course is offered twice each academic year.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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


    Admission to Graduate Studies at Valley City State University requires a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may submit scores from at least o

    School Overview

    Valley City State University is a public university located in Valley City, North Dakota. VCSU is situated on a 55 acre campus, and the entire campus is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The university is one of eleven institutions in the North Dakota University System. Valley City State University was established in 1890 as a normal school, which is also known as a teachers college, and for over one hundred years has provided students with an engaging social and academic learning environment. Staying true to its heritage, Valley City University has developed a stellar reputation for educating some of the top teachers in the area.

    VCSU offers bachelor's and master's degrees. The academic departments and divisions at VCSU consist of Communication Arts and Social Science, Business and Information Technology, School of Education and Graduate Studies, Math, Science and Health & Physical Education and Fine Arts. VCSU offers an opportunity for distance learning for students that want to earn a degree from VCSU, but don’t have a schedule that allows them to do so. The online classes are delivered through the internet, which makes students able to participate from any location that has internet access. Students have the choice of either working independently, or together with fellow distance education students.


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