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Physical Education (Elementary and Secondary) Minor

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Course List Code Title Credits Required General Education Courses BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology Required Courses HPER 206 Fundamentals of Teaching Health and Physical Education 3 HPER 208 Introduction to Physical Education 2 HPER 210 First Aid & CPR 1 HPER 220 Practical Application of Fitness Education 3 HPER 314 Activities for the Physical Educator 3 HPER 325 Physical Education in the Elementary Grades 3 HPER 385 Introduction to Adapted Physical Education 3 HPER 490 Methods of Teaching K-12 Physical Education 3 The student seeking a Physical Education minor is required to pass a proficiency test in swimming. The test is given during the final exam week of each semester. Total Credits 21

Earth and Environmental Science Minor

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...Bachelor of Science in Education degree, the student must substitute BIOL 490 Secondary Science Methods...

Biology Minor

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...the B.S. in Education degree, the student must substitute BIOL 490, if not already...

Marketing Minor

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...of Career & Technical Education. Students seeking CTE certification must take BUSI 490 Methods and Materials...

Chemistry Minor

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...Bachelor of Science in Education degree, the student must substitute CHEM 490 Secondary Science Methods...

Mathematics Education

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Department Chair: Dr. Preston Bush, preston.bush@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7151 Faculty Contact: Dr. Preston Bush, preston.bush@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7151 Department Office: 203 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7452 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major Teaching mathematics can be an interesting and rewarding career choice. Strong demand continues for teachers in mathematics. In recent years, most math education students have been under contract with a school district prior to graduation. Also, math education majors are often sought by employers outside of education who recognize that students successfully completing a math education degree possess strong analytical skills, people skills, and activity management skills. These characteristics are sought by government, industry, and business. ACCREDITATIONS National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Elementary Education

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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

Physical Education K-12

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Department Chair: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7242 Faculty Contact: Diane Burr, diane.burr@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7242 Department Office: 020 Graichen Gynmasium, (701) 845-7580 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major The Physical Education major is designed to prepare students for teaching physical education, grades K-12. Students will engage in content that includes the study of human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, outdoor recreational pursuits, motor skills, and activities for the physical educator. At Valley City State University, our goal is to produce great physical educators who will make a difference in the lives of the students they will teach. This goal is accomplished by providing students ample opportunities to practice and develop key teaching skills while engaging in the physical education content.  Students will become competent in the use of technology and will be able to demonstrate its application in the educational setting. Throughout the curriculum, learners will work with master teachers who will prepare the student to effectively teach in today's physical education classroom.   ACCREDITATIONS National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR The Exercise Science Club provides students in education, fitness, exercise science, and wellness fields opportunities to discuss current topics in their respective profession and collaborate to provide community outreach programs. On campus, there are many organizations for students to join, including Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) and Student North Dakota United (SNDU). 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. “I really respect the way the faculty model the ideals of what a physically active person should be.  And I’ve taken a lot of those ideals and will apply them into my own future career as an educator.” — Jace Ruby ’14, Little Falls, Minn.; PE teacher, Little Falls, Minn. “Being in the VCSU Physical Education major has made me more than excited to be a future educator. The great teachers here have prepared me tremendously and have helped me realize I am in the right career path. At Valley City State I have never felt like a number but felt like an individual that matters. Every day in this program I know I am in the right place.” — Adam Krueger, Rosholt, S.D. “Once I got to VCSU, the positive atmosphere only grew, and I could see how much the staff, faculty, and other students cared about my well-being. I wasn't a number on a class list, but rather a face that got recognized and a name that was remembered.” — Kaitlyn Heuring, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada “Why did I choose the VCSU Health Education and Physical Education majors? These majors at VCSU offer a variety of classes and practicum experiences that give students a great opportunity to become excellent educators in the future. The professors here take extra time to get to know you personally and guide you through your experiences at VCSU to become the best person and teacher you can be.” — Danny Hangaard, Hankinson, N.D.

History Education

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Department Chair: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 Faculty Contact: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 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 This degree is primarily designed for public school teaching positions. Fortunately, it opens up opportunities for various related careers in which content knowledge and pedagogy are useful. The history curriculum encompasses a wide range of areas: European, American, world, non-Western and special topics such as environmental and women’s history. The History Education degree is foundational for those who might want to go on to graduate school or advance to other positions in related fields such as government, travel, business, research, media or publishing. The Barnes County Historical Museum gives students the opportunities for practical, hands-on experience, archives for research, and community involvement.  We work with each student to create a program of study that prepares him or her for a career as well as meeting personal study interests. Job opportunities in education are currently very strong, and most of our graduates readily find teaching positions. As a History Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a 12-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities. Explore History Online www.historians.org www.museum-employment.com www.archivists.org www.history.com www.biography.com ACCREDITATIONS National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR VCSU has an active Phi Alpha Theta/History Club, allowing students to develop leadership skills and promote history across campus. Students have opportunities to present their research at the Dakota History Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference, in regional, professional history settings. The Social Science Department also periodically organizes overseas travel opportunities for VCSU students. 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 “VCSU challenges students to grow, and that’s achieved by giving students opportunities both on and off campus to test and strengthen their abilities. I’m a better writer and student because of the Dakota History Conference and numerous opportunities VCSU has given me.” —Mark Huber ’09, Ellendale, N.D. “The VCSU Social Science Department truly prepared me to excel in the classroom during my student teaching experience. Because of the department’s guidance and command of the subject matter, I entered the school confident in my teaching abilities. The professors not only taught us content, but also strategies to implement to teach the social sciences in an informative and engaging way. I feel very grateful to have learned from the professors I did, and very satisfied about my teaching style that was cultivated due, in part, to this program.” —Scott Westby ’15, Sheyenne, N.D.

Social Science Education

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Composite Major Department Chair: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 Faculty Contact: Dr. Anthony Dutton, ad@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7107 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 curriculum for a Social Science Education major is designed to enhance your understanding and interest in professional education within the Social Science area as well as to produce a Social Science professional who is a knowledge-based decision maker. The curriculum encompasses a wide range of areas: geography, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, and history; all explore the ways that human beings, as societies or cultures, relate to each other and their environments and how they establish structured systems to effectively govern and administer their activities. Each area has a distinct knowledge base and point of view that collectively form a cohesive grouping of studies designed to train students to deal with people in a wide variety of settings and help manage the problems of society. The Barnes County Historical Museum gives students the opportunities for practical, hands-on experience, archives for research, and community involvement.  In comparison to the History Education degree, Social Science Education is broader in coursework, preparing students to meet more diverse needs. Job opportunities in this field of education are currently very strong, and most of our graduates readily find teaching positions. Explore Social Science www.ssrc.org/ GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR VCSU has an active Phi Alpha Theta/History Club, allowing students to develop leadership skills and promote history across campus. Students have opportunities to present their research at the Dakota History Conference and the Northern Great Plains History Conference, in regional, professional history settings. The Social Science Department also periodically organizes overseas travel opportunities for VCSU students. 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. Practical Experience As a Social Science Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a twelve-week student teaching field experience completed in a location that works well for the student and university. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned regarding their classroom preparation and field experience opportunities. “VCSU challenges students to grow, and that’s achieved by giving students opportunities both on and off campus to test and strengthen their abilities. I’m a better writer and student because of the Dakota History Conference and numerous opportunities VCSU has given me.” —Mark Huber ’09, Ellendale, N.D. “The VCSU Social Science Department truly prepared me to excel in the classroom during my student teaching experience. Because of the department’s guidance and command of the subject matter, I entered the school confident in my teaching abilities. The professors not only taught us content, but also strategies to implement to teach the social sciences in an informative and engaging way. I feel very grateful to have learned from the professors I did, and very satisfied about my teaching style that was cultivated due, in part, to this program.” —Scott Westby ’15, Sheyenne, N.D.

Business Education - Composite Major

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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

Career and Technical Education B.S. in Education

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Composite Major Department Chair: Dr. K. Peder Gjovik, peder.gjovik@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7448 Faculty Contact: Richard Ross, rick.ross@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7182 Department Office: 156 McCarthy Hall, (701) 845-7444 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

English Education

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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.

Biology Education

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Department Chair: Dr. Andre DeLorme, andre.delorme@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7573 Faculty Contact: Dr. Andre DeLorme, andre.delorme@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7573 Department Office: 203 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7452 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major The Biology Education major is designed to prepare you for teaching in junior and senior high schools. A Bachelor of Science in Education with a Biology major plus 12 semester hours in each of the other sciences (chemistry, earth science, and/or physics) will qualify you to teach those secondary science courses.

Business Education

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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 Major The Business Education Composite major prepares students for various teaching positions in junior and senior high school. Graduates of this VCSU major are prepared to teach courses such as keyboarding, accounting, general business, business law, marketing, management and computer applications. Students may become licensed by the Education Standards and Practices Board to teach Business Education with the option of an additional endorsement in Marketing Education. Graduates are also prepared for careers as business professionals.  Students are required to participate in three field experiences in the secondary classroom. These experiences include an Introduction to Secondary Teaching, a classroom management practicum, and a 12-week student teaching field experience. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned. GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), Student North Dakota United (SNDU), Collegiate DECA, Pi Omega Pi ACCREDITATIONS National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 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. “I had an amazing experience in my time in the business education program at VCSU. The faculty and staff were easy to work with and very knowledgeable. They thoroughly trained me in the field of education, and I felt very prepared to start my teaching career when I graduated. However, they didn’t just shape me into a teacher, they took time to form me into the total person I am today. I couldn’t be more grateful for this, and I highly encourage prospective students to enter this program.” —Richard Wright ’14, Starkweather, N.D.; business teacher, Montpelier (N.D.) Public Schools  

Chemistry Education

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Department Chair: Dr. Andre DeLorme, andre.delorme@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7573 Faculty Contact: Dr. Teather Sundstrom, teather.sundstrom@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7458 Department Office: 203 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7452 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major The Chemistry Education major is designed to prepare you for teaching in junior and senior high schools. A Bachelor of Science in Education with a Chemistry major plus 12 semester hours in each of the other sciences (biology, earth and physics) will qualify you to teach those secondary science courses under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements. Other opportunities, not part of any regular program, exist on campus and provide sound practical experience, such as student assistantships and participation in the campus-tutoring program. As a Chemistry Education major you are placed into schools for a series of field experiences including Introduction to Education (40 hours); Practicum (80 hours); Culturally Diverse Practicum (25 hours involving 3 consecutive full days in a classroom), and a 12-week student teaching field experience. Student teaching is the culminating experience of the program and the opportunity for students to apply all they have learned. ACCREDITATIONS Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) Student North Dakota United (SNDU) Practical Experience The Rhoades Science Center includes  a greenhouse for work in biology and botany, a planetarium and laboratories for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, computer science, and photography studies. Students have access to: a fully equipped Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Laboratory and Biomedical Research Laboratory;, weather stations, river gauge station, infrared spectroscopy, molecular spectroscopy, refractometry, polarimetry, organic structure software, and Excel data analysis.

Medical Laboratory Science

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...interested in continuing their education in the medical...Bodily Fluids 1 MLS 490 Financial & Quality Management...

EDUC 490. Student Teaching (Elementary). 10 Credits.

Observation, teaching, and other experiences related to teaching. The student in elementary education spends twelve weeks of the senior year student teaching.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisite: Admitted to Student Teaching.
Grading: S/U only.

HPER 490. Methods of Teaching K-12 Physical Education. 3 Credits.

A study of curriculum and methods used in promoting contemporary K-12 physical education programs that enables the prospective teacher to understand, teach, and assess the significance of the program. The class includes a practicum experience in which students are assigned to area public school physical education classes.
Typically Offered: Fall.
Prerequisites: Admitted to Teacher Education, HPER 306, and HPER 325.

CTE 490. Methods for Teaching Career & Technical Education Subjects. 3 Credits.

A concentration on methods used for teaching Career and Technical Education courses. Topics are designed to develop and enhance the instructional competencies for teachers in Career and Technical Education programs.
Typically Offered: Spring, Summer.