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.
- There are 17 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in North Dakota.1
- 6 schools offer an associate’s degree in education.1
- 15 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in education.1
- 9 schools offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
- No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2022.2
- 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2023.3
- 2 schools ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2022.4
- 6 educator preparation providers (EPPs) are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.
For not-for-profit schools with teacher degree programs.
Table of Contents
- Teacher Preparation Program Comparison
- Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs
- Select Schools with Teacher Preparation Degrees
- Schools with Associate Degrees in Education
- Student Reviews
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 records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that 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 School||CAEP Accred.?5||Trad. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Trad. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Trad. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Alt. Teacher Program Enrollment6||Alt. Teacher Prep Prog. Completers6||Alt. Licensing Exams Pass Rate6||Net Price1|
|Dickinson State University||Yes||114||24||81%||—||—||—||$13,080|
|Mayville State University||Yes||188||61||77%||—||—||—||$13,891|
|Minot State University||Yes||564||102||76%||—||—||—||$11,949|
|North Dakota State University||Yes||268||99||88%||—||—||—||$16,638|
|Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College||No||3||—||—||—||—||—||$6,707|
|Sitting Bull College||No||7||3||N.Av.||—||—||—||$496|
|Turtle Mountain Community College||No||21||9||N.Av.||—||—||—||$8,734|
|United Tribes Technical College||No||9||—||—||—||—||—||$4185|
|University of Jamestown||No||52||23||90%||—||—||—||$19,744|
|University of Mary||No||212||63||95%||—||—||—||$18,617|
|University of North Dakota||Yes||362||181||83%||—||—||—||$16,780|
|Valley City State University||Yes||345||169||80%||—||—||—||$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
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.
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
Dakota College at Bottineau
105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau, ND 58318
Minot State University
500 University Ave W
Minot, ND 58707
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
220 8th Ave E
New Town, ND 58763
Sitting Bull College
Fort Yates, ND 58538
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Dr
Bismark, ND 58504
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202
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