North Dakota Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teaching schools in North Dakota is designed to help future teachers find teacher preparation programs in the state. In order to teach in North Dakota, teachers must complete an approved program in an accredited school. Fortunately, there are several colleges and universities that offer degree programs for new or experienced teachers looking to further their education. For useful information on teaching degrees in North Dakota, take a look at our lists of top-rated teaching programs, table of accredited, state-approved teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. This guide is a good place for first-time and experienced teachers looking to advance in their current careers to find the program that best meets their career goals.

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For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.

Comparison of North Dakota Schools with Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in North Dakota according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (NDESPB) for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution, for both traditional and alternative programs, for the 2018-2019 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education reports under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality. Traditional teacher preparation programs are usually completed as part of a bachelor’s degree program. Alternative certification programs are typically designed for career changers looking to enter the field and lead to a postgraduate certificate or a master’s degree. Many schools in our table offer both traditional and alternative programs. Take a look at our North Dakota traditional and alternative certification guides for more information.

Finally, we have provided the net price per year for undergraduate tuition, based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6Net Price1
Dickinson State UniversityYes1142481%$13,080
Mayville State UniversityYes1886177%$13,891
Minot State UniversityYes56410276%$11,949
North Dakota State UniversityYes2689988%$16,638
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish CollegeNo3$6,707
Sitting Bull CollegeNo73N.Av.$496
Turtle Mountain Community CollegeNo219N.Av.$8,734
United Tribes Technical CollegeNo9$4185
University of JamestownNo522390%$19,744
University of MaryNo2126395%$18,617
University of North DakotaYes36218183%$16,780
Valley City State UniversityYes34516980%$12,108

  • — indicates none or not applicable.
  • N.Av. indicates data was not available or pass rates were omitted for confidentiality.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in North Dakota

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023

  • University of North Dakota (#162 tie)
  • North Dakota State University (#202 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022

  • Valley City State University (#147 tie)
  • University of Jamestown (#242-321 tie)

Select North Dakota Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees

North Dakota State University

Fargo, North Dakota State University (NDSU) is home to the School of Education, which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. For prospective teachers, NDSU offers 14 majors leading to licensure for secondary education including English, Comprehensive Science, and History, as well as K-12 licensure with a major in Art, Music, or Physical Education. The content-focused master’s programs at NDSU are for prospective teachers who want to teach subjects such as agriculture, English, and social science. A Teacher Licensure option is also available for students who already have an undergraduate degree in a teachable subject and want to earn licensure. Students looking for administrative roles may be interested in the master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Those more interested in research or leadership can pursue a Doctor of Education (EdD) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Adult & Community Education, Institutional Effectiveness, or Organizational Leadership.

University of North Dakota

Located in the city of Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota (UND) is home to the College of Education and Human Development, which offers a large selection of undergraduate education options in education. Several Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) degrees are offered at all levels, as well as composite programs, which are ideal for students who want to work in rural areas. Those who wish to become licensed as secondary teachers can complete a bachelor’s degree in one of 11 subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, or Geography, alongside the professional education sequence. Students interested in working in physical education can receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Kinesiology or Physical Education. Practicing teachers may be interested in one of many online master’s degrees designed to further develop their skills in Elementary Education, Reading Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Special Education. Finally, the school offers two doctorate degrees: a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Practice and Leadership and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Teaching and Leadership.

Schools with Associate Degrees in Education

While a bachelor’s degree is the minimum educational level required to qualify for state certification, an associate’s degree can be the first step towards a career in education. It can qualify graduates for careers in non-licensed roles in early childhood education, after-school care, and related areas. The credits earned from an accredited associate degree program can also typically be transferred towards a bachelor’s degree. The following Alabama schools offer associate’s degrees in education.1 Schools with an asterisk (*) also offer four-year teaching programs and/or alternative route to certification programs.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College
214 1st Ave
Fort Totten, ND 58335
(701) 766-4415

Dakota College at Bottineau
105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau, ND 58318
(800) 542-6866

Minot State University
500 University Ave W
Minot, ND 58707
(800) 777-0750

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
220 8th Ave E
New Town, ND 58763
(701) 627-4738

Sitting Bull College
9299 ND-24
Fort Yates, ND 58538
(701) 854-8000

United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Dr
Bismark, ND 58504
(701) 255-3285

Student Reviews

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University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202
(701) 777-3000

Student Review: “Studying at the University of North Dakota was a very pleasant experience for me overall. I enjoyed meeting new people and felt as though I was very well prepared for my profession. The campus is absolutely beautiful. I did not even realize it when I toured, but the lawns are all well kept and the buildings are beautiful. I was very well received and whenever I had questions about my academic standing or what I should be doing, the college was always ready and willing to help. I felt as though I paid a very reasonable price for my education as it was even cheaper for me to study at the University of North Dakota than it would have been to go to a school in my home state of Minnesota. Overall, I am very happy with my decision to attend the University of North Dakota.” -Andrew B., student at University of North Dakota

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2022 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2021.
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2023: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2022: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. US Department of Education 2020 Title II Report: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx