The program is approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB).
Admission to Teacher Education
Candidates must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to enroll in most education courses. Typically, candidates apply for admission to the program while enrolled in EDUC 201: Introduction to Teaching.
|Educ||100||Praxis Preparation (0)|
|Eng||101||Freshman Composition (3)|
|Eng||102||Freshman Composition/Literature (3)|
|Math||102||Intermediate Algebra (3)
Or higher level
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
Oral Interpretation of Literature (3)
|American National Government (3)
The United States to 1865 (3)
The United States since 1865 (3)
|Chem||133||General Chemistry I (4)|
|Chem||134||General Chemistry II (4)|
|College Physics I (5)
Physics I (5)
|Biol||150||Introduction to Biology I (4)|
|Biol||151||Introduction to Biology II (4)|
|Biol||Biology Electives (9)|
|Educ||201||Introduction to Teaching (3)|
|Biol||201||Biology Orientation (1)|
|Psyc||203||Developmental Psychology (3)|
|Educ||205||A Study of North Dakota Native American Cultures (2)|
|Educ||209||Principles/Practices of Teaching Middle & Secondary Schools (3)|
|Educ||303||Introduction to Teaching Students with Exceptionalities (3)|
|Invertebrate Zoology (4)
Vertebrate Zoology (4)
Animal Behavior (4)
|Biol||305||Cell Biology (5)|
|Educ||305||Managing & Monitoring the Learning Environment (3)|
|Educ||310||Reading Methods: Middle & Secondary Schools (3)|
|Educ||319||Instructional Media & Technology (3)|
|Chem||343||Organic Chemistry I (4)|
|Chem||344||Organic Chemistry II (4)|
|Educ||353||Applied Cognitive Theories (3)|
|Educ||398||Junior Seminar (1)|
|Educ||399B||Classroom Practicum (1)|
|Educ||406||Science Methods: Middle/Secondary School (3)|
|Educ||419/420||Student Teaching (16)|
|Biol||425/426||Biology Seminar (2)|
Total Semester Credits Required: 131
Satisfactory Progression in Teacher Education
In addition to successfully completing each of the required courses, candidates must meet certain programmatic requirements—including satisfactory performances on Praxis exams, key assessments, dispositional attributes, and field experiences.
The state of North Dakota requires passing scores on a series of three ETS Praxis exams. The first exam (Core Academic Skills for Educators) has three components—reading, writing, and mathematics. Candidates will complete this exam prior to admission into Teacher Education.
Candidates will also take Praxis II content exams in their subject area (e.g. Math, P.E., English) and Praxis II pedagogy exams (PLT) in their licensure level (e.g. elementary, secondary). For information about specific exam codes, required scores for passing, and registration information, visit .
Candidates are required to complete the Praxis II content exam prior to student teaching. The Praxis II: PLT exam must be taken prior to the completion of student teaching. While candidates are required to complete both the Praxis II Content and PLT exams to complete the program, passing scores are not required for graduation. Passing scores are, however, required to attain licensure in North Dakota.
Pursuant to Century Code 67.1-02-02-02.1, all teacher education candidates must have classroom-related experiences prior to student teaching. At UJ, these experiences occur early and throughout the Teacher Education program. Candidates must complete at least 110 hours of field experience prior to student teaching. Expectations of candidates in field experiences increase incrementally with each semester in the program. Additionally, field experiences occur in a variety of settings to allow candidates the opportunity to interact with a variety of P-12 students and experience diversity across school environments.
The final stage of the Teacher Education program is a semester-long student teaching experience in an accredited classroom of the candidate’s licensure area. Application for student teaching must be made one semester before the student teaching semester