MSU President's column for Traill County Tribune

April 16, 2016 

As spring semester comes to a close, plans for summer school ramp up 

Summer is a busy time at Mayville State. Although some of our on-campus students leave campus for summer jobs, internships, or just rest and relaxation, many others stay in Mayville to take part in our wide variety of summer course offerings. For many of Mayville State’s distance students, summer course offerings are critical to completing their degrees.

Mayville State is offering more than 100 challenging courses, including fast-track or dynamic sessions, online courses, and traditional on-campus classes. Dynamic session courses begin Mon., May 16 with a history course titled U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction taught by Dr. Dalton McMahon. Becky Gunderson will teach a Water Safety Instructor class May 31 through June 3, and Tim O’Brien is on the schedule to teach a course in first aid and CPR June 3-5. Several other fast-track courses are also scheduled. An eight-week session is planned May 31-July 25, and a 10-week session runs from May 23-July 31. There’s something for everyone, and it’s not too late to take a look and see what might be of interest to you.

We are working hard to provide convenience for students by offering flexible delivery methods and class meeting times. On-campus classes meet during the day and/or in the evening. More than 90 classes are being offered online.

Students can meet general education criteria, meet requirements for majors, or meet professional certification requirements when studying with Mayville State this summer. Courses leading to a kindergarten endorsement will be offered. Kindergarten endorsement is available only to licensed North Dakota elementary teachers. Courses for the Middle School endorsement will be offered during the Summer Session of 2016, as are classes needed for the North Dakota Title I Certificate of Completion. Elementary education students completing this certificate can apply to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for a Reading Credential Elementary (grades K-6). Secondary education students in English, social studies, or science completing this certificate can apply to North Dakota DPI for a Secondary Generalist Credential (grades 7-12).

Several special education courses are being offered online in the eight-week session, May 31-July 25. Behavior Modification & Management, Special Needs in Early Childhood Education, Remedial Reading, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Foundations of Special Education, and Special Education Law are among the offerings. Mayville State offers an undergraduate generalist special education teaching degree for early childhood, elementary, and secondary levels. The program is the first undergraduate special education strategist degree available in North Dakota. All core classes are available online, so those individuals currently licensed to teach in North Dakota can continue to work while pursuing the special education degree, helping to fulfill a big need for qualified special education teachers.

A number of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation courses will be offered online and on campus from May 31-July 25. These courses include Concepts of Fitness & Wellness, Prevention & Care of Injuries, Personal & Community Health, Nutrition, Movement Education in Early Childhood, Foundations & Methods of Coaching, Phy Ed for the Exceptional Child, and many more.

High school students who are now classified as sophomores, juniors, or seniors may enroll at Mayville State as early entry students or earn dual credit during the summer session. To qualify, the student must have a 3.0 grade point average and be recommended by his or her high school principal or superintendent.

Mayville State’s summer offerings are especially varied this year. I encourage you to take a look at all that Mayville State has to offer this summer. Pre-registration began on April 5. Registration for courses will continue until the beginning of each session. For a full listing of Mayville State’s summer courses and information on how to register, visit or call 1-800-437-4104.