Affordable, Flexible, and Transfer-friendly

Earn your Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Mayville State University on the campus of Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND, or on the campus of Williston State College in Williston, ND. This unique program provides working adults the opportunity to complete an elementary teaching degree through a combination of evening and online coursework.

Courses are also available by Interactive Video Network (IVN) and online for students at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and Dakota College in Bottineau. Working adults in eastern North Dakota can also complete the program through online courses and evening IVN courses on the Mayville State University campus.

For students not located near one of the IVN sites listed above, synchronous courses through your desktop computer are required. This degree is offered to North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana residents only. Please speak with a program advisor for more information. 

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 at an IVN site (Williston, Devils Lake, Wahpeton, Bottineau, or Mayville) or via desktop conferencing for synchronous coursework in North Dakota.

Degree Requirements

For this degree, you will need to complete the Elementary Education major (including professional education courses)and a 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. Click here for the cohort course rotation to see the courses available for you to complete in the B.S.Ed. Elementary Education degree (Devils Lake students and Williston, Wahpeton, and Mayville students).

Accreditation and Framework

The Teacher Education Program at Mayville State University is accredited by the Council for the Accrediation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), formally the National Council for Accrediation 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 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. You can view detailed articulation agreements by clicking the link below. These are only sample articulations. Actual transfer credit granted will vary.

Find articulation agreements with Mayville State.

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs meet requirements for North Dakota teacher licensure The online Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Mathematics Education, as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching and the distance Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, fulfill licensing requirements in the State of North Dakota and 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, Mayville State University cannot confirm nor advise that education programs meet requirements for every state. Students seeking licensure in states other than North Dakota should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state in which they are pursuing licensure. The Office of Extended Learning and Teacher Education Department can work with out of state students on an individual basis to determine licensing requirements.


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $305 per credit for tuition and fees. 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.

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Julie St. Germaine :: MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Connie Kaldor

Online Advisor and Recruiter
330 3rd St NE
Old Main 104
Mayville, ND 58257
MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Julie St. Germaine

MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator - WSC Office
1410 University Ave.
Stevens Hall - 222
Williston, ND 58801
MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Jade Erickstad

MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator - LRSC Office
1801 College Drive N
Room 119
Devils Lake, ND 58301-1598
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Teri Wright

Academic Advising Coordinator
MSU Office of Extended Learning
330 3rd St NE
Mayville, ND 58257