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EDUC 491. Senior Portfolio. 1 Credit.

A course to assist the student in developing a Teaching for Learning Capstone unit during student teaching and a digital portfolio for graduation. The course addresses both technical application and content.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grading: S/U only.

Art Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/art-education/

Department Chair: Karri Dieken, karri.dieken@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7564 Faculty Contact: Karri Dieken, karri.dieken@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7564 Department Office: 361 McCarthy Hall, (701) 845-7580 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major

Communication — Corporate Concentration

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/communication-corporate-concentration/

...as well as continued education in communication. The...Communication Theory 3 COMM 491 Senior Capstone 1...

English

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/english/

...specific components--the General Education Core required of...480 Shakespeare 3 ENGL 491 Senior Capstone 2...

Business Process Integration Management

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/business-process-integration-management/

...lot more than an education during that time...485 Entrepreneurship 3 BUSI 491 Senior Seminar 1...

Mathematics Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/mathematics-education/

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)

Technology Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/technology-education/

Department Chair: Dr. K. Peder Gjovik, peder.gjovik@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7448 Faculty Contact: Dr. K. Peder Gjovik, peder.gjovik@vcsu.edu , (701) 845-7448 Department Office: 156 McCarthy Hall, (701) 845-7444 Schedule a Visit: http://visit.vcsu.edu/ , (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101 Major Technology Education stresses design, critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities. Also provided is career awareness and information about a wide variety of careers to help students prosper in an information and technology rich society. VCSU is a recognized leader in the nation for preparing technologically literate technology education teachers. The Technology Education program supports the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This program stresses important skills and knowledge of content, tools and processes that will allow you to help young students prepare for their future careers.   ACCREDITATIONS National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) GET INVOLVED IN YOUR MAJOR Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) 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 was doing a practicum day in a middle school in inner city Wichita and the teachers were blown away with what I am  learning in this program. Being in that school reaffirmed the reasons I decided to teach. I know I have something to give to these kids and can't wait to make a difference. They were ready to find me a job in the district; I believe I will be doing my student teaching there with them. If it was not for Valley City State, I would not even be able to have this chance.  Thank you.” — Brandon Watkins ’09

Elementary Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/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

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/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

Social Science

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/social-science/

...18 HIST 491 Senior Capstone 1 Total Credits 55 1 Required Total General Education 39...

History Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/history-education/

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

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/social-science-education/

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.

Music

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/music/

...Oriska, N.D. General Education Requirements Course List...the following) 1 MUS 491 & MUS 385 Music...

Business Administration — Agribusiness Concentration

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/business-administration-agribusiness-concentration/

...extremely beneficial towards my education. The courses allowed...485 Entrepreneurship 3 BUSI 491 Senior Seminar 1...

Biology

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/biology/

...VCSU prepares you by educating you with hands...BIOL 470 Limnology BIOL 491 Integrated Science Capstone...

Business Education - Composite Major

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/business-education-composite/

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

Psychology

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/psychology/

...to a liberal arts education. Along with sociology...Mental Health 3 PSYC 491 Capstone 1 Directed...

Career and Technical Education B.S. in Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/career-technical-education-bs-education/

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

History

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/history/

...Edgeley, N.D. General Education Requirements Course List...Western History 3 HIST 491 Senior Capstone 1...

Fisheries and Wildlife Science

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/fisheries-wildlife-science/

...and fundraisers. Prairie Waters Education and Research Center...to GIS 4 BIOL 491 Integrated Science Capstone...

Communication — Digital Media Management Concentration

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/communication-digital-media-management-concentration/

...Jamestown, N.D. General Education Requirements Course List...Communication Theory 3 COMM 491 Senior Capstone 1...

English Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/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.

Human Services - Criminal Justice Concentration

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/human-services-criminal-justice-concentration/

...LaMoure, N.D. General Education Requirements Course List...Science Theory 3 SOC 491 Capstone 1 SOC...

Art

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/art/

...Teacher Education College Art Association National Art Education...History IV 3 ART 491 Visual Arts Seminar...

Environmental Science

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/environmental-science/

...or to further their education in graduate school...to GIS 4 BIOL 491 Integrated Science Capstone...

Communication — Journalism & Media Communication Concentration

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/communication-media-communication-concentration/

...Jamestown, N.D. General Education Requirements Course List...Communication Theory 3 COMM 491 Senior Capstone 1...

Business Education

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/business-education/

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  

Health Science

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/health-science/

...is flexibility of pursuing education beyond the undergraduate...Research Methods 4 BIOL 491 Integrated Science Capstone...

Human Services - Gerontology Concentration

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/human-services-gerontology-concentration/

...Persons Outreach Center General Education Requirements Course List...Science Theory 3 SOC 491 Capstone 1 SOC...

Business Administration — Marketing Concentration

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/business-administration-marketing-concentration/

...s degree program General Education Requirements Course List...485 Entrepreneurship 3 BUSI 491 Senior Seminar 1...

Mathematics

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/mathematics/

...some may require additional education. These may range...Statistics I 3 MATH 491 Senior Portfolio 1...

Medical Laboratory Science

http://catalog.vcsu.edu/undergraduate-catalog/programs/majors/medical-laboratory-science/

...interested in continuing their education in the medical...Clinical Laboratory 3 MLS 491 Clinical Chemistry III...