News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2015 November
Graduate Degrees through Our Department
For the past several years, our department has been approved to offer graduate courses on a limited basis: the EDUC 500 courses for professional development graduate credit for in-service teachers (see this) as well as five graduate courses (see this) that can be transferred to master's degree programs elsewhere.
As of November 10 (see this), our department is now approved by the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) to offer a full master's degree: the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). Approval by the Higher Learning Commission, too, is required before we can begin to offer the degree--and there is still a lot of work to do in terms of developing curriculum, identifying faculty, and notifying prospective students. However, the SBHE's approval is a major accomplishment!
In related news, we are finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding with Minot State University (MiSU) that will allow a student interested in obtaining a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree to satisfy MiSU's core course requirement by completing the current five graduate courses at DSU. The student would then transfer those courses to MiSU and complete the specialty courses there to obtain the M.Ed. from that institution.
DSU Students at North Dakota United Conference
On October 23, Dr. Moench took several education majors to the annual North Dakota United Instructional Conference held in Mandan. There DSU's teacher candidates interacted with in-service teachers from across the state as together they attended sessions on a variety of topics, including Common Core standards, professional ethics for teachers, combating bullying in schools, and writing instructional objectives. Check out the photo (below) of some of the DSU teacher candidates who participated. And click here to read more from DSU's public relations office.
Dr. Aronson in the News
Readers of ND newspapers on November 12 or 13 likely saw articles on the statewide shortage of PreK-12 school teachers in this state. Retired departmental faculty member and current adjunct instructor Dr. Aronson was quoted as she reported to the Education Standards and Practices Board on her work researching the issue. Check out the articles in the Dickinson Press (here) and the Bismarck Tribune (here--featuring a photo of Dr. Aronson).
Student Organizations in the Department
The Psychology Club's October meeting featured a guest speaker: Ms. Tori Sanford, an alumna of our psychology program and a local school counselor.
Two days later, both the Psychology Club and the Student Education Association participated in DSU's fourth annual Boo Hawks event. Click here to read more about it.
And on Halloween, education students on the Bismarck campus participated in Gateway to Science's Spooktacular event. Click here to read more about it. And check out the spooky slideshow below, featuring photos provided by Dr. Moench (click the "Full screen" button in the lower right corner for ease of viewing).