Affordable, Flexible, and Transfer-friendly

Earn your Distance/Online Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Mayville State University. This unique program provides working adults the opportunity to complete an elementary teaching degree through a combination of evening, synchronous (Zoom), and online coursework.


Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor's in Elementary Education Degree Programs in the nation by College Consensus and College Learners!




If you are in a state other than North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming, you will need to speak with a Mayville State University advisor to determine BSED in Elementary Education program availability for residents of your state.  For more information, please see:

Please speak with a program advisor for more information. Read the January 25, 2020, MSU President's Column to learn more about this exciting opportunity! 

You can remain near home, work, and family while earning a four-year degree that will open doors to exciting career opportunities.  Please note this is NOT an entirely online program.  You must complete some classes via desktop conferencing for synchronous coursework.

Degree Requirements

For this degree, you will need to complete the Elementary Education major (including professional education courses) and specialization or minor. Specialization options include: reading, special education, and early childhood.

Minors available online for distance degree students include: early childhood education, library media, and information science, science for the elementary teacher, special needs, mathematics, general science, accounting, and business administration. Students with a previously earned bachelor's degree do not need to complete a minor.

This program is designed in a cohort rotation. While you may enroll in courses as a full-time or part-time student, you must take the courses in the order outlined in the cohort rotation since the skills learned in the courses build on one another. 

Accreditation and Framework

The Teacher Education Program at Mayville State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formally the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our conceptual framework theme is The Reflective Experiential Teacher. The theme is based upon established learning concepts that students develop and demonstrate in their coursework, field experiences, and student teaching. The program includes a student cohort system with two field experiences that integrate all program elements. Candidates are taught to use a variety of research-based instructional strategies (e.g., multiple intelligences; learning styles; inquiry; cooperative learning; problem-based learning; journaling) as well as multiple performance-based assessment practices (e.g., journal reflections; tests; rubrics).

Diversity and Technology

Studies of multicultural and global perspectives are required in candidates' general, content, and professional coursework. Candidates must create an electronic portfolio showcasing their ability to demonstrate content, pedagogical and professional knowledge, based upon the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. The portfolio is reviewed and scored by two individuals; the candidate meets with the reviewers to discuss the artifacts and reflective rationales that have been chosen to showcase the ten INTASC Principles (e.g., meaningful content; child development; learning styles/diversity; planning for instruction). The reviewers determine whether or not the evidence reflects the INTASC premise that: An effective teacher must be able to integrate content knowledge with the specific strengths and needs of students to assure that all students learn and perform at high levels.


Mayville State University accepts transfer credit from regionally recognized accredited institutions of postsecondary education. All credit hours earned from the institutions that meet this criterion are accepted in transfer towards graduation degree credit hours.

Mayville State is working with the community and technical colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wyoming to clearly outline how their associate's degrees will transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Below you will find links to detailed transfer information from some of the institutions we have been working with. These are only sample articulations. Actual transfer credit granted will vary.

Find articulation agreements with Mayville State.


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $337.25 per credit for tuition and fees (2023-2024). Please note, tuition is subject to change without notice.  Financial aid is available in the form of grants, limited scholarships, and loans. To see if you are eligible for financial aid, you first need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When completing the form, list Mayville State University (Title IV code 002993) on your application.

Elementary Education Distance/Online Degree Factsheet


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 with 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, History, Biology, Chemistry, Social Science). 

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 Misti Wuori, 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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For more information or an unofficial transcript review, please contact:

Julie St. Germaine :: MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Connie Kaldor

Online Advisor & Recruiter
Phone: 701-788-4721
Text: 701-401-5791
Teri Wright ::  Academic Advising Coordinator

Teri Wright

Director of Academic Advising
Phone: 701-788-5251
Text: 701-401-1423
MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Cali Demarce

MSU Enrollment Specialist and Advisor - LRSC Office
1801 College Drive N
Room 119
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Phone: 701-662-1587