Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

EDUC 500: 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. For more more information on the course, please see the files linked below.

Information EDUC 500: Supervision of Student Teachers

Registration Form for EDUC 500: Supervision of Student Teachers

Graduate Courses

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 graduate courses that can be used for continuing teacher education or transfer to other institutions. 

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.  Graduate courses include study in the areas of: educational research, technology, educational foundations, curriculum development and design, and cultural diversity. 


Application Requirements

To be eligible for graduate courses at Dickinson State University, a bachelor’s degree and full admission to DSU as a graduate student is required.   Please find the application for admission below. Upon admission, please contact the Department of Teacher Education at (701) 483-2178 in order to register for any courses offered. 


Graduate Course Descriptions and Rotation of Offerings


Spring 2014:

EDUC 511: Cultural Diversity in a Complex world (3 credits)

This course examines curriculum and pedagogy from the perspective that all students, regardless of the group to which they belong--such as those related to gender, social class, ethnicity, culture, religion, or exceptionality--should be insured educational equity in school.  This course promotes attitudes and teaching strategies that meet the needs of diverse students, families, and communities.  Pre-requisite: Admission with graduate status.


Summer 2014:

EDUC 521: Curriculum Design, Delivery, and Assessment (3 credits)
This is an inquiry-based course for the reflective practitioner to develop deep understandings of curriculum content emphasized by PreK-12 state and national Common Core standards and their impact on college readiness skills.  It examines current trends in curriculum design theory and assessment strategies and their application in teaching and learning.  The emphasis is on the relationship between current research and contemporary practice.  Pre-requisite: Admission with graduate status.


Fall 2014:

EDUC 501: Educational Foundations (3 credits)
This course looks at the historical, legal, and intellectual development of education in the United States, including traditional and contemporary philosophical thoughts and their educational implications.  Topics include principles of effective human learning and the teacher as a facilitator of learning experiences.  This course also examines the current issues and trends influencing educational practice.  Pre-requisite: Admission with graduate status.


Spring 2015:

EDUC 531: Educational Research (3 credits)
This course provides an examination of the research techniques most commonly used in education and an evaluation of the strengths, weaknesses, and applications of each framework.  Students also will analyze and reflect on educational research and its ability to inform practice and will acquire strategies to promote the efficacy of using and understanding data to make actual improvement in PreK-12 schools.  Pre-requisite: Admission with graduate status.


Summer 2015:

EDUC 541: Integrating Technology into the Learning Environment (3 credits)
This course is intended for educators at all levels of technology proficiency, from novice to experienced, whose aim is to enhance their capacity to use technology as a tool for teaching and learning.  Established educational technology standards will guide students in the course in preparing instructional systems that feature a variety of teaching techniques and technological resources.  Students will examine a range of traditional and emerging technologies and the research describing best practices when using those tools to facilitate and assess learning.  Students will synthesize course concepts with their own experiences in elementary and secondary education.  Pre-requisite: Admission with graduate status.

West River Teacher Center

Dickinson State University is also the home of the West River Teacher Center.  The WRTC is a member of the North Dakota Teacher Center Network and provides professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers, administrators, and support staff in eight counties of Southwestern North Dakota. It also serves as a valuable resource for Dickinson State University teacher education students.  For more information on the West River Teacher Center, click here.