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EDUC 322. Methods of Language Arts Instruction. 3 Credits.

A course based upon the philosophy that the language arts are best taught as integrated modes. Topics include planning, implementing, and evaluating language arts lessons; language acquisition; teaching grammar usage, oral language, listening writing, handwriting, and spelling; developing language arts learning centers; and meeting the needs of culturally-diverse students.
Typically Offered: Spring, Summer.

English

...specific components--the General Education Core required of...English Literature I ENGL 322 English Literature II...

Elementary Education

Department Chair: Dr. Sheri Okland, sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7184 Faculty Contact: Dr. Sheri Okland, sheri.l.okland@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7184 Department Office: 326 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7196 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

Music Education

Composite Major Department Chair: Christopher Redfearn, christopher.redfearn@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7377 Faculty Contact: Christopher Redfearn, christopher.redfearn@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7377 Department Office: 113 Foss Hall, (701) 845-7272 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major The BS in Music Education degree program at VCSU is designed to give students the skills needed to be a successful 21st-century music teacher. Students learn performance skills on their primary instrument while gaining practical experience in conducting and leading a traditional ensemble. In addition, students gain experience in the modern world of music, including recording and production, integrating jazz and popular music in the curriculum, and experimenting with current technology and teaching trends in music. The music education degree can be earned in either the K-12 Choral or K-12 Instrumental track. Accreditation National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Student Chapter American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) Student Chapter Practical Experience There are many venues for students to share their performance abilities: Concert Choir, Concert Band, Orchestra, Athletic Band, Jazz Ensemble, University Singers, Quantum Brass, Woodwind Ensemble, and Opera Ensemble. Teacher Education Requirements Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed. “Valley City State University was the perfect environment to learn about teacher education for the music classroom. The combination of small classroom sizes and close faculty-student relationships allowed me to grow as a teacher through the faculty's great experience.” —Brad Lambrecht ’05, Lisbon, N.D.; orchestra and music director, Alexandria (Minn.) Public Schools

Business Education - Composite Major

Department Chair: Morgan Keasler, morgan.keasler@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7518 Faculty Contact: Amber Ussatis Aberle, amber.r.aberle@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7526 Department Office: 125 Vangstad, (701) 845-7521 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

English Education

Department Chair: Dr. Julee Russell, julee.russell@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7440 Faculty Contact: Dr. Julee Russell, julee.russell@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7440 Department Office: 315 McFarland Hall, (701) 845-7310 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major The English Education degree involves the completion of three components—the General Education Core of courses, a Professional Education Sequence for Secondary Education majors, and a mix of required and elective courses in the Major that prepare students for both the certification exams required for teacher licensure, and for the demands of their future classrooms. Students work closely with advisors in determining which Gen Ed courses best fit their interests as well as determining when to take Required and Professional Ed courses. Additionally, offerings in the Literature, Writing, and Communication and Media Studies categories present a variety of choices for students as they develop preferences and grow more savvy about what will help them reach their goals. VCSU English Ed majors often combine their learning with certificates in ELL or Spanish, or a minor in Library and Media Information Services or Theatre depending on their interests, and some even go on to pursue graduate school to build upon their qualifications, to broaden their knowledge base, or both. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR English Club — A lively group of majors, minors, and aficionados, E-Club often brings literary experiences to campus and/or hits the road to find them. Sigma Tau Delta — Our local chapter of the International Honor Society for English majors provides another avenue for seeking scholarships, a venue for publishing scholarship, and a vehicle for recognizing academic achievement. The Forge — The campus literary and arts journal, hosted by our department and staffed by students taking the Literary Publications class, publishes and offers awards for original student work on an annual basis. Teacher Education Requirements Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website: www.vcsu.edu/teacher_ed. “Being part of the VCSU English Department was like being part of a family. One never had to worry about asking questions because the professors genuinely cared about students’ well-being and went above and beyond to always meet the students’ needs. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose VCSU every time.” — Mackenzie Hamre ’16, Leonard, N.D.