Undergraduate Programs in Education
Chair: Dr. Kimberly Marman
FACULTY: Janet Bassingthwaite, Dr. Carmen Cain, Dr. Wade Kooiman, Dr. Carmelita Lamb (Associate Dean), Dr. Kimberly Marman (Chair), Dr. Loni Miller, Jaylia Prussing, Dr. Meghan Salyers, Dr. Michael Taylor, Dr. Brenda Tufte
The Department of Education undergraduate programs are designed to develop exceptional, ethical, and professional educators and learners who take responsibility for student learning, who demonstrate strong pedagogical content knowledge, and display the characteristics needed to positively impact P-12 students’ learning.
Note: Successful completion of a program of study in the Department of Education qualifies students to take the teacher licensure exam in their program area. Candidate teacher licensure pass rates can be found on the Department of Education web page.
Undergraduate Program Admission Requirements:
The specific requirements for entrance to the Department of Education are as follows:
- A student must have minimum overall GPA of 2.75.
- A student must complete a Personal Data Form.
- A student must submit a current Advising Worksheet.
- A student must write and submit an essay on his/her philosophy of education or autobiography.
- A student must submit a copy of scores from his/her core Academic Skills Tests for Educators in Writing, Reading, and Mathematics to the Department of Education; scores must meet or exceed the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) licensure cut-off scores.
- For Business Education, SBS Education, English Education, History Education, Biology Education, Math Education, and Music Education Majors only: Students must provide written evidence of acceptance by their major.
Admission to the Department of Education is prerequisite to taking EDU and PED 300-400 level courses. Admission requirements are presented and discussed in EDU 200 - Introduction to Education , and students are strongly advised to complete all 200-level courses prior to enrollment in EDU and PED 300-400 level courses.
Student Teaching Program Admission Requirements:
The student teaching experience is the capstone course of the teacher preparation program in the Department of Education at the University of Mary. The specific requirements for admission into the student teaching program are as follows: A teacher candidate must
- be admitted into the Department of Education
- submit a copy of his/her Praxis II test scores (Content and Principles of Learning & Teaching) to the Department of Education the semester before student teaching
- attend the preliminary Student Teaching meetings during the semester prior to student teaching,
- complete the Student Teaching Program Application materials that are provided by the Program Director; they include:
- Disclosure of Experiences with Diverse Populations form,
- Student Teaching Application form,
- Release of Electronic Portfolio form,
- Release of Background Investigation form,
- Three Letters of Recommendation to Student Teach (see Note below),
Note: Letters of Recommendation to Student Teach forms indicate the candidate’s readiness to student teach, and must be from the following people: Department of Education faculty, content area faculty (secondary ed), and a practicum teacher.
- If applicable, Petition(s) to Student Teach (see Note below),
Note: if a candidate has any coursework to complete, the candidate is required to submit, along with a copy of the Advising Worksheet, a Petition Letter listing all of the courses to be completed for his/her teaching degree and a timeline of when and where the courses will be completed. The Petition Letter must be submitted to the Student Teaching Program Director who will present the Petition to the Department faculty for approval.
- Course Registration form
- schedule and participate in a Student Teaching advising session with his/her EDU Advisor to complete an audit of the Advising Worksheet, and submit the completed Worksheet to the Department of Education. These forms provide verification that the prospective student teacher has met the following Student Teaching Program requirements:
- Completed all course work required for a teaching license;
- Earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 within the teaching major(s);
- Earned grades that are no lower than a C- in any course required for a teaching license.
- complete EDU 367 /EDU 390 - Diverse Learners Practicum
Note: Upon approval from the Department of Education, a student may substitute a prior educational diversity experience from a department at the University of Mary.
- either complete two technology workshops offered by the Department of Education and ensure that certificates of completion have been submitted in candidate’s permanent file in the Department of Education -OR-complete the course EDU 351 - Educational Technology.
Note: Upon approval from the Department of Education, a student may substitute a technology training workshop or approved related course in which the student participated, if appropriate documentation is provided to the Department of Education Chair.
- complete and pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) fingerprint background check, and submit a hard copy of the results of that background check to the Department of Education.
Note: If the background check reveals that the student has a conviction, that record must be submitted to the school district in which the student petitions to student teach. Based on the nature of the conviction, the university and /or school district can refuse to have the student placed in that school district and, as a result, that student will NOT complete his/her teaching major requirements or university graduation requirements.
- present and successfully pass an electronic portfolio interview on Student Teaching Assessment Day..
Before being placed into student teaching, each student must:
- Receive a passing grade in all EDU and licensure coursework, including EDU 411 and EDU 335 /EDU 400 /EDU 401 /EDU 410
Graduate Programs in Education
Chair: Dr. Brenda Tufte
The University of Mary’s Graduate Programs in Education offer a wide range of opportunities for the adult learner. Students may take courses towards educational credentials and endorsements, or may complete their Master’s or Doctoral degree in education. Master’s candidates have the option of completing a thesis or preparing a comprehensive portfolio as their capstone project. In order to meet the needs of adult learners, graduate classes are offered online or face-to-face during summers.
Graduate Education Mission Statement
Innovative educational leaders addressing problems of practice with moral courage, for life.
Graduate Education Vision Statement
University of Mary for Life: Cultivating morally courageous educational leaders
Master of Education Programs
FACULTY: Dr. Carmen Cain, Dr. Rod Jonas (Dean), Dr. Wade Kooiman, Dr. Carmelita Lamb (Associate Dean), Dr. Kimberly Marman, Dr. Loni Miller, Dr. Meghan Salyers, Dr. Manisha Sawhney, Dr. Michael Taylor, Dr. Brenda Tufte (Chair)
An individual holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution may be admitted to begin graduate study. An individual seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a Bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution and must have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, in order to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the Graduate Program in Education. In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 in order to continue in graduate programs in education.
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Two letters of professional recommendation
- Appropriate experience
- Applicants to K-12 graduate programs (except for licensure track initial programs and special education) must have professional school experience.
In addition to the above, a graduate student seeking Master’s candidate status must apply for and complete a qualifying conference after admission for University of Mary graduate study and before completion of more than nine hours of coursework. This conference has the primary intention of evaluating, after a minimum of 5 credits of completed graduate coursework, the student’s academic competency within graduate study at the University of Mary. In addition, the advisor collaborates with the student to determine the best chronological path for completion of all required coursework and research to be conferred with the Master’s of Education. Students work one-on-one with the appointed advisor to meet their academic and career goals at the qualifying conference.
North Dakota Reeducation Endorsement Plans
Endorsements are issued by the Education Standards and Practice Board (ESPB). Additional information may be obtained from the Education Standards and Practice Board, 2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 308, Bismarck ND 58503 (701) 328-9641. A student seeking an endorsement should access the ESPB website for a list of required coursework. The student will list courses already taken and courses that he/she intends to take on the form provided. This form must be approved by ESPB as part of obtaining each endorsement. Although education graduate faculty can assist students in planning, the student seeking an endorsement is typically a non-degree seeking student, and therefore does not have an official advisor in the Department of Education. Access the ESPB web site at www. state.nd.us/espb.
North Dakota Endorsements appropriate to University of Mary graduate coursework:
- Special Education
North Dakota Credential Plans
The Graduate Program in Education offers the coursework necessary to fulfill the following credentials issued by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction:
Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck ND 58505-0080 (701) 328-2260. A student seeking a credential should access the DPI website www.dpi.state.nd.us for a list of required coursework. The student will list courses already taken and courses that he/she intends to take on the form provided.
This form must be approved by DPI as part of obtaining each credential. Although Education Graduate Faculty can assist students in planning, the student seeking a credential only is typically a non-degree seeking student, and therefore does not have an official advisor in the Department of Education. For additional information regarding courses that meet credential or endorsement requirements, access the Education pages of the University of Mary website: www.umary.edu.
Doctor of Education Program
FACULTY: Dr. Rod Jonas (Dean), Dr. Wade Kooiman, Dr. Carmelita Lamb (Associate Dean), Dr. Manisha Sawhney, Dr. Michael Taylor, Dr. Brenda Tufte (Chair)
The admission requirements for the Ed.D. can be found on the degree program page, here .
ProgramsUndergraduate MajorUndergraduate MinorConcentrationTeaching CredentialGraduate Major
- Education, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, M.Ed.
- Education, Physical Education & Athletic Administration, M.Ed.
- Education, Reading Emphasis, M.Ed.
- Education, School Administration, M.Ed.
- Education, Special Education Leadership, M.Ed.
- Education, Special Education Strategist, M.Ed.
- Education, Teacher Leadership, M.Ed.
- Educational Leadership and Administration, Ed.D.