The Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Higher Learning Commission, a process that assures quality and supports continuous improvement. Under the Education Program's conceptual framework, “The Reflective Experiential Teacher” candidates combine personal experiences with teacher training (knowledge, skills and disposition) as they reflect on both. This framework is used to guide and direct all program design and enhancement through the continual process of providing candidates with the correct curriculum and experiences needed to prepare them for the realities of diverse classrooms.

During the teacher training program, candidates experience a variety of teaching and learning styles that exemplify differentiated instruction of 21st Century Skills and Common Core Standards. Our aim is to prepare qualified teachers that demonstrate the ability to reflect upon the unique needs of all students, and to make data-based instructional decisions in response.

"Mayville is unique because of the personal service we are able to offer and the relationships faculty can build with students due to class and campus size. Faculty support students through personalized advising to help students achieve their career goals. It's that commitment faculty and staff give to our students that makes a difference for our graduates when they enter the workforce - if in North Dakota or across the nation. They are prepared for the dynamic classrooms of today."

- Dean & Division Chair of Education, Andi Dulski-Bucholz

The Teacher Education Handbook has been developed to serve as a narrative depiction of Mayville State University’s Teacher Education Program: its purpose, administrative procedures and policies. The handbook is a resource for selection of coursework, tracking of requirements for graduation, and application of teacher certification. It provides the information and forms needed to prepare for and complete the teaching experience. Teacher Education Candidates, Cooperating Teachers, University Supervisors and Faculty are encouraged to reference this document for information and guidance. Students who double major in Special Education should also refer to the Special Education Handbook

Teacher Education candidates are responsible for remaining current in their knowledge of the requirements for their Teacher Education program and teacher licensure requirements.


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School-Based Field Experiences

TaskStream - an assessment system used to evaluate our education majors' knowledge, skills and dispositions

Career Opportunities

  • Credentialed Classroom Educator (B.S.Ed. in Education) Reading Credential Specialist (B.S.Ed. in Education)
  • Paraeducator (B.A. Studies in Education)
  • Credentialed in Library Media & Information Science (LMIS Minor)

Teacher Education Majors

Other Education Related Majors

Minors Offered

  • Students may choose a minor to individualize their degree.  For a complete list of minors, please click here.

Check out our bachelor's degree in special education! 

Mayville State offers a Bachelor of Science degree in special education for early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels. This is the first undergraduate special education strategist degree available in North Dakota. All core classes within the special education area of study are available online. Learn more.

What do students say about the teacher education programs at Mayville State? 

Click the video link to the left to hear how Taylor, an elementary education major at Mayville State, feels about her experiences at MSU.

See what other Mayville State students have to say about their Mayville State experiences by clicking the links below.

TJ, Elementary Education

James, Social Science Education

Stephany, Early Childhood Education

Carissa, Biology Education 


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, English Education, Mathematics Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, Composite Science Education, Composite Social Science Education). 

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Office of Extended Learning with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education has created a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either The Office of Extended Learning (Misti Wuori,, or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.