About the Department

The Department of Teacher Education at Dickinson State University is devoted to assisting prospective teachers develop the critical thinking skills, patience, and caring common to all successful educators. Upon the completion of a degree program within our department, you will have the ability to contribute to the improvement of education for students in our region and improve the quality of life for all its inhabitants.

Graduate Courses

The profession of teaching is a most noble one, touching lives far into the future. At Dickinson State University, we are excited to have been approved to offer graduate courses that can be used for continuing teacher education or transfer to other institutions.

Originally founded in 1918 as a teaching college, Dickinson State University has built a reputation of training teachers who are well equipped for the classroom. Graduate courses include study in the areas of: educational research, technology, educational foundations, curriculum development and design, and cultural diversity.

Application Requirements

To be eligible for graduate courses at Dickinson State University, a bachelor’s degree and full admission to DSU as a graduate student is required. Please find the application for admission below. Upon admission, please contact the Department of Teacher Education at (701) 483-2178 in order to register for any courses offered.

Graduate Studies Application

Graduate Studies Admission Requirements


Graduate Degree Option

Dickinson State University’s Graduate Studies courses are accepted in transfer by many graduate programs at universities across the state and nation. In fact, an agreement with Minot State University allows you to complete half the credits for a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree through our university and the rest through theirs without having to travel.

For more information on the M.Ed. degree option, please see the flyer below. You will find descriptions of our graduate courses by clicking the “Graduate Courses” link below.

M.Ed. Degree in Collaboration with Minot State University

Graduate Courses at Dickinson State University

Professional Development

The DSU Teacher Education Department also offers EDUC 500: Supervision of Student Teachers. The state of North Dakota requires that pre-service teachers (student teachers) be placed with cooperating teachers who have completed a course in Supervision of Student Teachers. DSU offers this course online and on-demand. 

Registration Form for EDUC 500: Supervision of Student Teachers

The West River Teacher Center offers summer classes, study groups, and other programming so that teachers may earn continuing education credits (EDUC 500) as part of their efforts to strengthen their knowledge and skills and meet licensing renewal requirements. Continuing education may be offered by DSU faculty/staff or in collaboration with other educational entities such as the ND Department of Public Instruction, DSU STEM, RESP, the ND Reading Council, etc. 

If your school or educational agency would like to offer continuing education for teachers, please contact the WRTC for information about the process of proposing continuing education opportunities for teachers by calling 701-483-2728.

Psychology Program

The psychology program prepares individuals for careers in various areas, including social services agencies, the criminal justice system, hospitals, clinics, and other mental health organizations. The psychology program is also highly appropriate for those who wish to prepare themselves for graduate study in theoretical or applied psychology.