The University of North Dakota is the oldest and largest public university in the state of North Dakota. Founded in 1883 as a liberal arts college, even before North Dakota was admitted as a state, the university today teaches 14,000 students in a wide range of fields, including a top aeronautics program. In an effort to counter a shrinking state population, and thus a reduction in potential students, the University of North Dakota has invested in an excellent distance education program.

The University of North Dakota offers an NCATE-accredited online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education. This 32-credit hour program is offered entirely online and usually takes 2 years to complete. The MS ECE program prepares certified teachers to work with children ages 3-8 in the context of their family, gender, culture, and community, and prepares teachers for working in public and private schools, Head Start programs, and child development centers. Online students take the same courses as resident students, and interact with one another in a virtual environment.

Applicants will need:

• $35 (U.S. Funds) non-refundable application fee
• Statement of goals
• Letters of recommendation
• Official transcripts

Online students pay in-state tuition prices, $259 per credit hour; including fees, the cost is $367 per hour. Financial aid is available from federal student loans and grants. Online students are not permitted any tuition waivers, but UND Online & Distance Education does have a scholarship endowment for online and non-traditional students. Military students may qualify for tuition assistance.