About the Department

The Department of Teacher Education at Dickinson State University is devoted to assisting prospective teachers develop the critical thinking skills, patience, and caring common to all successful educators. Upon the completion of a degree program within our department, you will have the ability to contribute to the improvement of education for students in our region and improve the quality of life for all its inhabitants. Originally founded in 1918 as a teaching college, Dickinson State University has built a reputation of training teachers who are well equipped for the classroom.

Undergraduate Studies

The Department of Teacher Education, in cooperation with academic departments across the campus, offers high quality undergraduate teacher education programs in elementary education and in numerous secondary education subject areas.

Graduate Studies

The profession of teaching is a most noble one, touching lives far into the future. At Dickinson State University, we are excited to have been approved to offer an online Master of Art in Teaching and campus based graduate courses that can be used for continuing teacher education or transfer to other institutions.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The purpose of the MAT program is to prepare highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent graduates of higher education as teachers. The graduate degree program is designed for individuals without teaching credentials but who have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree and wish to become a teacher in an expeditious fashion.

Graduate Degree Option

Dickinson State University’s Graduate Studies courses include study in the areas of: educational research, technology, educational foundations, curriculum development and design, and cultural diversity. These courses are accepted in transfer by many graduate programs at universities across the state and nation. In fact, an agreement with Minot State University allows you to complete half the credits for a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree through our university and the rest through theirs without having to travel.

For more information on the M.Ed. degree option, please see the flyer below. You will find descriptions of our graduate courses by clicking the “Graduate Courses” link below.

M.Ed. Degree in Collaboration with Minot State University

Graduate Courses at Dickinson State University

Professional Development

The DSU Teacher Education Department also offers EDUC 2000: Supervision of Student Teachers. The state of North Dakota requires that pre-service teachers (student teachers) be placed with cooperating teachers who have completed a course in Supervision of Student Teachers. DSU offers this course online and on-demand. 

Registration Form for EDUC 2000: Supervision of Student Teachers

The West River Teacher Center offers summer classes, study groups, and other programming so that teachers may earn continuing education credits (EDUC 2000) as part of their efforts to strengthen their knowledge and skills and meet licensing renewal requirements. Continuing education may be offered by DSU faculty/staff or in collaboration with other educational entities such as the ND Department of Public Instruction, DSU STEM, RESP, the ND Reading Council, etc. 

If your school or educational agency would like to offer continuing education for teachers, please contact the WRTC for information about the process of proposing continuing education opportunities for teachers by calling 701-483-2728.