teacher_education_web_page.jpgThe Teacher Education Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Higher Learning Commission, processes that assure quality programming and support continuous improvement. The Teacher Education Program's conceptual framework, "The Reflective Experiential Teacher" is used to guide teacher candidates throughout their studies to critically reflect on personal experiences and experiences that have supported their growth in knowledge, skills and dispositions to gain insights into teaching and learning. The Reflective Experiential Teacher framework guides program design and continuous improvement to offer candidates curriculum and experiences that prepare them for the realities of today's classrooms. 

Throughout the teacher education program, candidates experience teacher education faculty using research-based teaching strategies to support growth in their own abilities to creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication in field experiences. Our aim is to prepare qualified teachers that demonstrate the ability to use instructional practices that meet the unique needs of all students, and to make data-based instructional decisions.

The Teacher Education Handbook serves as a narrative depiction of Mayville State University's Teacher Education Program: its purpose, administrative procedures, and policies. The handbook is a resource for the 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. MAT students, please refer to the MAT Handbook

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



Student-Centered Learning

School-Based Field Experiences

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

Career Opportunities

  • Credentialed in Library Media & Information Science (LMIS Minor)

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 is offering 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?

See what 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

Chelsey Zaharia 02-01-2021.jpegMSU has far exceeded my expectations, and I feel so prepared as a teacher, especially in dealing with significant issues in education such as differentiation and restorative justice. If you want to be a teacher, MSU is the place to go!

Chelsey Zaharia
Mayville State Master of Science in Teaching student

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program

Graduate Certificate for Online Teaching 


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, Physical 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). 

Professional Licensure/Certification links and resources:

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 Enrollment Center 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 Enrollment Center (Misti Wuori, misti.wuori@mayvillestate.edu), or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

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

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