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 teachers 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 to find the right program for those evaluating colleges as well as experienced teachers looking to advance in their current career.

Quick Facts

  • There are 14 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in North Dakota.1
  • 6 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 12 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 8 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • No schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.2
  • No schools ranked in Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Education Majors 2020.3
  • 2 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019.4
  • 2 school ranked in US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019.5
  • 6 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in North Dakota

US News & World Report’s Best Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of North Dakota (#163 tie)
  • North Dakota State University (#170 tie)

US News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2019

  • University of North Dakota (#61 tie)
  • Valley City State University (#115 tie)

Comparison of 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 Department of Public Instruction 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. Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2017-2018 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.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?6NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**7NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**7Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment8Teacher Prep Prog. Completers8Licensing Exams Pass Rate8Net Price***1
Dickinson State UniversityYes74%931974%$11,390
Mayville State UniversityYes23%1014172%$12,105
Minot State UniversityYes32%57%10312167%$10,252
North Dakota State UniversityYes86%2319084%$14,848
Nueta Hidstsa Sahnish CollegeNo21$11,071
Sitting Bull CollegeNo9%32$2,674
University of JamestownNo25%61%1222775%$18,471
University of MaryNo45%71%1747984%$16,929
University of North DakotaYes79%24913787%$14,478
Valley City State UniversityYes12%26611865%$12,715

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics 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).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

North Dakota State University: North Dakota State University is home to the School of Education that is responsible for educating future educational leaders within the state and country. North Dakota State’s School of Education is thoroughly committed to diversity in its practices and believes that inclusion within the landscape of education is critical to its success in the future. The School offers several degrees in areas such as teacher education, counselor education, educational leadership, agricultural education, biological sciences education, English education, family and consumer science education, and physical education within the K-12 system and beyond. One of the school’s most popular graduate programs is the STEM Education PhD program that focuses on educating educators in the areas of science, engineering, and mathematics.

University of North Dakota: Located in the city of Grand Forks, University of North Dakota is home of the College of Education and Human Development. The College offers students excellent programs that develop them to be future leaders in the educational areas of counseling, teaching, administration, public health and much more. Teaching programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education – a leading accrediting agency in the field of postsecondary educational standards. The largest contingent of students’ majors is in elementary education. The College confers undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Education degrees in early childhood education, elementary education, middle-level education, science education, and social studies education.

Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in North Dakota

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Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Ave
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
(701) 224-5400

Dickinson State University
291 Campus Dr
Dickinson, ND 58601-4896
(701) 483-2507

Jamestown College
608 6th St NE
Jamestown, ND 58405
(701) 252-3467

Lake Region State College*
1801 College Dr N
Devils Lake, ND 58301-1598
(701) 662-1600

Mayville State University
330 Third Street NE
Mayville, ND 58257-1299
(701) 788-2301

Minot State University
500 University Ave W
Minot, ND 58707
(701) 858-3000

Minot State University-Bottineau Campus
105 Simrall Blvd
Bottineau, ND 58318-1159
(701) 228-2277

North Dakota State College of Science*
800 N 6th St
Wahpeton, ND 58076
(701) 671-2403

North Dakota State University-Main Campus
1301 12th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
(701) 231-8011

Sitting Bull College
1341 92nd St
Fort Yates, ND 58538-9721
(701) 854-8000

Turtle Mountain Community College*
BIA #7 North
Belcourt, ND 58316
(701) 477-7862

University of Mary
7500 University Dr
Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 255-7500

University of North Dakota
University Station
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8193
(800) 225-5863

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

Valley City State University
101 College St SW
Valley City, ND 58072
(701) 845-7990

Williston State College*
1410 University Ave
Williston, ND 58801-1326
(701) 774-4200

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-best-college-values-college-finder/index.php#Tile
3. The Princeton Review. The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition. The Princeton Review, 2019.
4. US News & World Report Best Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Schools 2019: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
6. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
7. National Council on Teacher Quality Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
8. US Department of Education 2018 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx