Early education plays a critical role in preparing students for their later school years, and understanding just how crucial these early education years are in rural North Dakota has prompted Dickinson State University to pursue offering a Master of Education in Elementary Education degree.

Dickinson State University announced on Tuesday, Nov. 9, that a new Master of Education in Elementary Education program will help in-service elementary education teachers become master teachers of their craft. The 34-credit graduate program will provide a deeper understanding of current methods and research associated with teaching in the elementary classroom by exploring key areas such as cross-curricular literacy, language arts instruction, math instruction and integrating technology purposefully for younger learners.

“This master’s degree specifically targets elementary education teachers who are interested in deepening their knowledge of elementary methods as well as the research that informs best teaching practices,” said Joan Aus, chair of the School of Education and associate professor/director of graduate studies at DSU. “All of the faculty are terminally degreed elementary education teachers, who have proven experience with a strong research base.”

Completion of the program will allow working teachers the opportunity to move up on their respective salary schedules and receive substantial salary increases in the range of 8-11%, depending on the school district, according to DSU.

Starting with the spring 2022 semester, the university will be one of only two schools within the North Dakota University System to offer the graduate program, but teachers do not have to live in Dickinson to take advantage of it. All the coursework will be taught asynchronously online by highly qualified faculty, all of whom possess doctorates in education and have K-12 teaching experience.

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Dickinson State is now accepting applications for admission to the Master of Education in Elementary Education program. For more information about the program, please visit www.dickinsonstate.edu/med.

For questions regarding admissions, please contact DSU’s Office of Admissions at 701-483-2175 or dsu.hawk@dickinsonstate.edu.