Why study elementary and reading education online at UND?

Application Deadlines
Aug. 16
Dec. 15
May 1

Students seeking the accelerated degree may apply to the School of Graduate Studies after completing 60 credits. 

Graduate Application Deadlines
June 1* | Aug. 1
Dec. 1
May 1

Teaching students is one of the most fulfilling careers. With an accelerated Elementary Education degree from UND, you'll leave UND with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Reading Education.

As a elementary education teacher candidate at UND, you'll study:

  • Curriculum
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Assessment
  • Digital technologies
  • Student-centered pedagogies

Multiple field experiences will provide you with additional opportunities for practical application in real teaching and learning environments.

Graduate students moving into the Reading Education Program develop advanced skills to offer specialized reading support for children and gain a deeper understanding of literacy development, curriculum planning, data literacy, and assessment methods.

How the Accelerated Elementary Education Degree Works

As a graduate from UND you will be eligible to earn teacher licensure in elementary education and will also be qualified to serve in a specialized literacy position. You'll have the confidence, knowledge, and skills to provide innovative teaching and learning strategies in 1st-8th grade classrooms. You will also be prepared for specialized careers as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, or curriculum developer.

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, apply to UND and your program. As a current student, connect with your advisor to make sure you stay on track for the combined or accelerated program. During your junior year, you can officially apply to the School of Graduate Studies. Complete the required courses, and you'll earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree at the same time.

Elementary Education at UND  

  • Learn and teach with innovative and interactive digital technologies. 

  • Work directly with students in diverse schools and communities.

  • Course work enhances your ability to conduct and analyze assessments, and plan using appropriate instructional practices for all learners including those with diverse needs.

  • Literacy leadership course targets roles and responsibilities of literacy coaches and/or reading specialists. 

  • All UND Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and are approved by the North Dakota Educational Standards and Practices Board.

Elementary Education Careers  


UND Elementary Education graduates employed or pursuing graduate degrees*

UND University Analytics & Planning


Median salary for elementary school teachers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The outlook is promising for jobs in education. There is a teacher shortage across our region and a great need for high-quality teachers in the nation.

With an accelerated degree in Elementary Education from UND, you'll be on your way to a rewarding career in education. For example:

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Education Specialist
  • School Principal
  • School Counselor
  • Instructional Coach

When You Earn a Degree in Elementary Education

An Elementary Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Primary Education
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Educational Technologies

UND Elementary Education Alumni

Elementary Education alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Grand Forks Public Schools
  • Bismarck Public Schools
  • West Fargo School District 6
  • Fargo Public Schools

Elementary Education Online Courses You Could Take

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