Business Education

Department Chair: Morgan Keasler,, (701) 845-7518
Faculty Contact: Amber Ussatis Aberle,, (701) 845-7526
Department Office: 125 Vangstad, (701) 845-7521
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


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.


Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), Student North Dakota United (SNDU), Collegiate DECA, Pi Omega Pi

  • 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:

“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


General Education Requirements

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 2
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics 2
Principles of Macroeconomics 2
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Women in America
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 2
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

 Required ENGL 125



Major Requirement

Required Courses
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
BUSI 102Keyboarding Methods3
BUSI 214Business Communications3
BUSI 249Introduction to Business1
BUSI 315Business in the Legal Environment3
BUSI 336Business Data Solutions3
BUSI 337Authoring Digital Publications3
BUSI 485Entrepreneurship3
BUSI 490Methods and Materials for Teaching Business Subjects3
BUSI 491Senior Seminar1
MGMT 235Diversity in the Workplace3
MGMT 270Business Ethics3
MGMT 330Principles of Management3
MRKT 305Principles of Marketing3
MRKT 319Website Authoring3
Required for Career & Technical Education Certification by the ND Dept of Career & Technical Education:
Methods and Materials for Teaching Business Subjects
History, Philosophy and Practices of Career and Technical Education
Coordinating Cooperative Education Learning
Leadership in Career and Technical Student Organizations
Total Credits44
Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 44 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students2
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology2
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues 22
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 210
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits31

 Courses to be taken the same semester.

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study

First Year
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3BUSI 3363
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
MRKT 3053MATH 103 (Gen Ed)3
 15 16
Second Year
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
BUSI 2143COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3
BUSI 2491ECON 202 (Gen Ed)3
ECON 201 (Gen Ed)3MGMT 2703
EDUC 2402MGMT 3303
EDUC 2503PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3
 15 18
Third Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2BUSI 1023
BUSI 3373CTE 4343
CTE 4313EDUC 2833
EDUC 3521EDUC 3002
EDUC 3752MRKT 3193
Literacies (Gen Ed)3PSYC 2503
MGMT 2353 
 17 17
Fourth Year
BUSI 3153EDUC 4002
BUSI 4853EDUC 48010
BUSI 4903 
BUSI 4911 
EDUC 3511 
EDUC 4502 
 13 12
Total Credits 123

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate application of program content knowledge to strategically examine and develop problem solving solutions in the business environment. 
  2. Utilize specialized skills to analyze and evaluate alternatives to be informed during the decision making process, and effectively implement solutions. 
  3. Exhibit competency in workplace readiness skills, including; communication, problem solving, collaboration and teamwork, emotional intelligence, ethical behavior and professionalism, and an appreciation for diversity and inclusion. 
  4. Identify and employ innovative technology to efficiently address business needs. 
  5. Plan, Implement, Evaluate, and Reflect on lessons that demonstrate an understanding on experiences, materials, and technologies to promote growth and development of students. (TLC)