Frequently Asked Questions

What is Technology Education?

Technology Education is a new discipline born of the old Industrial Arts redesigned for the Information Age. Its primary goal is technology literacy for all. Technology Education is decidedly not just about computers, but provides a rich variety of hand-on laboratory experiences with many exciting new technologies. It is not Instructional Technology or Educational Technology, which is the use of computers and related technologies in the teaching-learning process. Technology Education stresses design and problem-solving abilities and provides career awareness and information about a wide variety of technology-related careers and non-traditional opportunities, and prepared all students to prosper in an information and technology rich society.

Why should I consider Technology Education?

Job opportunities have never been better. The International Technology Education Association (ITEA) estimates a Technology Teacher shortage of approximately 9,000 by the year 2006. Many students receive several job offers before graduating. Some receive offers after a short time in the program. Other reasons to choose a career in technology teaching include lifelong learning-technology is always changing, time with family, personal satisfaction, personal growth, valuable skills, working with children. Plus, it's challenging and fun.

What degree is offered?

Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, TechnologyEducation Major, Technology Education Minor.

What are the requirements for the major?

A total of 128 semester hours are required for graduation. Requirements include general education, a 36-hour major, 24-hour minor and a 30-hour professional sequence including student teaching. Portfolio assessment is a part of university and program requirements.

What is Technology Education online?

Simply stated, this is the delivery of Technology Education courses via a computer interface, using computer communications to link faculty and students.

How does online work?

The process begins with you enrolling in an online course. At that time you will be assigned passwords and login instructions. You must then undergo a brief technical orientation to teach you to use the Blackboard ® System. Courses have deadline dates assigned for your classroom activities (including your homework, assigned readings, and even virtual classroom discussion requirements). Your online instructor will give you very detailed instructions to guide you through this process. You should never be in the dark about what is required of you.

The goal of the program is to make it possible for the student to complete 60 to 90 percent of requirements off-campus. However, the number of hands-on activities that can be accomplished at home or away from campus will vary depending on whether the student has access to a number of tools and machines at home or a friend teaching in a nearby school. It is likely that the student will need to schedule one or two weekends in Valley City to complete requirements.

When do courses begin and end?

The last day to add a course is typically around September 7 during Fall Semester, January 23 during Spring Semester, and June 8 during Summer Session, however, courses usually begin 3 weeks prior. Just like traditional campus courses, all on-line courses are scheduled to be delivered over a 16-week term.

What is the enrollment process?

Completion of a University Application available online or by fax is needed. If you have ever been a student at VCSU, you do not have to repeat this application. Next you must register for the course.

To apply for financial aid, a student must be accepted into VCSU. In addition, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form must be completed in order to determine eligibility. See the Financial Aid office or website for more information at

When is tuition due?

Tuition can be paid but is not due at the time of registration. Please look for dates posted regarding the last day to pay tuition fees.

What is the tuition for online courses?

The total cost for tuition and fees can be found by calling the Registrar's Office at 1-800-532-8641 ext. 3-7295. Many courses require additional supplies for activity completion within the course. In most instances, there is no textbook to purchase. Also most activity supplies can be purchased from the VCSU Technology Department in kit form, saving you much time, effort and expense.

Included in the tuition cost is a pro-rated technology fee that entitles you to benefits of the VCSU portal services for email, calendar, virus protection and other online services. If you use a campus laptop computer it will come pre-loaded with a variety of productivitity software common to most programs campus wide. Additional software may be purchased for your home computer at an educational or discount rate. MicroSoft Office is the only required software package for this program and is used in all courses for a variety of assignments.

What are the course requirements?

There are typically eight units in each course. Most materials are online. Each unit will have a hands-on laboratory activity, a reading assignment, and a Web Quest, where additional information is gathered on the Web by the student. Web Quest information and evaluation information will be entered online. In addition, there is a documentation requirement of approximately 5 photos taken of each activity as student progress through it. These photographs will be submitted for evaluation, but will also be retained by the student to build a portfolio in fulfillment of graduation (program) requirements.

Do I need to student teach?

Each student pursuing a teaching degree completes the professional education sequence. These courses include various field experiences providing prospective teachers with an opportunity to observe professional teachers at work and to assist them. The culmination of the professional education sequence is the student teaching assignment during the senior year. The Technology Department will actively assist the student in finding the best possible practicum and student teaching experiences. For North Dakota teachers, a mentorship program may be available in leiu of student teaching. Requirements may vary from state to state. For more information about student teaching and your situation, please contact certification authorities in your state.

What kind of computer equipment do I need?

Suggested Minimum PC Requirements

  • Pentium III or higher
  • 128 MB RAM (Higher recommended)
  • 16x CD ROM
  • Windows '98 or higher
  • 56 k Baud Modem (cable or DSL strongly recommended)
  • 800x600 Display Resolution Setting (1024x768 recommended)
  • Microsoft Office, Acrobat Reader, Printer
  • Internet Service Provider (AOL is not recommended.)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or higher or Netscape 6 or higher Required) (Java, JavaScript, & Cookies must be enabled in browsers)
  • (Note: Free downloads are available to upgrade browsers.)

Suggested Minimum Macintosh Requirements

  • PowerMac G3 processor or better
  • Mac OS 9.0 or higher
  • (Some courses may require PC software)
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 16x CD ROM
  • 56k Baud Modem (cable or DSL strongly recommended)
  • 800x600 Display Resolution Setting (1024x768 recommended)
  • Microsoft Office, Acrobat Reader, Printer
  • Internet Service Provider (AOL is not recommended.)
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or higher or Netscape 6 or higher (Required) (Java, JavaScript, & Cookies must be enabled in browsers)
  • (Note: Free downloads are available to upgrade browsers.)

All students are required to have an email account. If you do not have one, get a free account from, for example.

Do I need to be accepted into VCSU before I can enroll in VCSU Technology Education online?

Yes. Acceptance into VCSU makes it possible to register for courses on campus as well as courses through VCSU Online. VCSU Online is the virtual campus of VCSU and uses the same policies and procedures as the regular campus.

How do I succeed online?

  • Have access to a computer, modem, and the Internet.
  • Log onto your courses every single day.
  • Speak up when you have problems.
  • Be willing to commit time to your course(s).
  • Be able to communicate through writing.
  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined.
  • Be polite and respectful.

Office Information

Contacts: Peder Gjovik, Lana Fornes, Ron Holten or Teresa Cole

Office Phone: 701-845-7444 or 1-800-532-8641 ext 37444

Office Location: Rhoades Science Center Suite 132