Technology Education

Department Chair: Dr. K. Peder Gjovik,, (701) 845-7448
Faculty Contact: Dr. K. Peder Gjovik,, (701) 845-7448
Department Office: 132 Rhoades Science Center, (701) 845-7444
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


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.  

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • 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:

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

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
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
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
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
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
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
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
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

Major Requirement

Required Courses
STEM ED 306Inventions and Innovations - Technology Education for Children2
STEM ED 306LInventions and Innovations - Technology Education for Children Lab1
STEM ED 310Design, Technology and Engineering for Children2
STEM ED 310LDesign, Technology and Engineering for Children Lab1
TECH 330Exploring Technology2
TECH 330LExploring Technology Lab1
STEM ED 331Innovation and Engineering Design2
STEM ED 331LInnovation and Engineering Design Lab1
STEM ED 342Building Math3
STEM ED 411STEM Curriculum and Methods3
STEM ED 431Design for Engineering2
STEM ED 431LDesign for Engineering Lab1
STEM ED 450Engineering the Future3
TECH 356Safety and Management in Technical Education3
TECH 371Technology Systems2
TECH 371LTechnology Systems Lab1
TECH 416Innovations in Technology2
TECH 416LInnovations in Technology Lab1
Directed Electives
Select 6 hours from the following:6
History, Philosophy and Practices of Career and Technical Education 1
Leadership in Career and Technical Student Organizations 1
STEM Curriculum and Methods for Elementary
3D Modeling and Design
3D Modeling and Design Lab
Foundations of Technology
Foundations of Technology Lab
Independent Study
Intelligent Machines
Intelligent Machines Lab
Technology Assessment
Technology Assessment Lab
Senior Portfolio 2
Special Topics
Total Credits39

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement 39 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
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 Areas 2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology 12
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 110
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits32

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


Plan of Study

First Year
CIS 170 or SE 110 (Gen Ed)3Art and Music (Gen Ed)3STEM ED 3312
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3Elective3STEM ED 331L1
HPER 100 (Gen Ed)2ENGL 120 (Gen Ed)3 
MATH 104 (Gen Ed)3Literacies (Gen Ed)3 
TECH 161 (Gen Ed)4PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3 
 15 15 3
Second Year
COMM 110 (Gen Ed)3EDUC 2833STEM ED 3102
EDUC 2403PSYC 2503STEM ED 310L1
EDUC 2503Social Science (Gen Ed)3 
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4TECH 3302 
STEM ED 3062TECH 330L1 
STEM ED 306L1  
 16 12 3
Third Year
Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2EDUC 3002EDUC 4502
EDUC 3511STEM ED 4503STEM ED 3423
EDUC 3521Stem Ed or Technology Directed Elective3 
EDUC 3752TECH 3563 
STEM ED 4312TECH 3712 
STEM ED 431L1TECH 371L1 
Stem Ed or Technology Directed Elective3  
 12 14 5
Fourth Year
Electives8EDUC 4002 
STEM ED 4113EDUC 48010 
TECH 4162  
TECH 416L1  
 14 12 
Total Credits 121

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. Methodology – Students will develop knowledge necessary for program development, implementation, evaluation and assessment of student learning.
  2. Content – Students will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate competence in technological literacy
  3. Application – Students will demonstrate competency in technology education content and apply this knowledge in real world experiences.