Affordable, Flexible, and Transfer-friendly

Currently licensed teachers--Earn your Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Special Education from Mayville State completely online.


Mayville State University’s online Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree program has been ranked among the best online Special Education programs by (2018). Selection was based on weighted factors., including program and school criteria and ancillary services.

If you do not yet have a bachelor's degree, you can earn a double-major with the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Special Education online or on-campus and a major in early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education. Students at other North Dakota University System institutions or other universities can pursue the special education major entirely online, while completing their early childhood education, elementary education, or secondary education majors on another campus.

Mayville State University currently offers the Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education as an online degree with synchronous, online classes; the Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education as an online degree with IVN or synchronous, online classes within North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming; and the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education online. You can remain near home, work, and family while earning a four-year degree that will open doors to exciting career opportunities. 

Exciting Opportunity!

Mayville State University was given State Board of Higher Education approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree in special education in May of 2013. This is an exciting opportunity for students who wish to become a teacher in North Dakota.

Until now, a generalist program for special education at the undergraduate level did not exist within the North Dakota University System. The program will provide opportunities for graduates from Mayville State to have the same licensure option as teachers educated in other states.

A Need for Qualified Teachers

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the discipline's professional organization, has acknowledged a "chronic and severe shortage of personnel to deliver special education services." The U.S. Department of Education approximated 50,000 individuals practicing special education who are unqualified. This negatively impacts th elearning of more than a million students with disabilities. Mayville State's bachelor's level program meets entry-level expectations for special educators in the areas of standards-based curriculum content, subject matter content, and individualized pedagogical content.


Mayville State University accepts transfer credit from regionally recognized accredited institutions of postsecondary education. All credit hours earned from the institutions that meet this criterion are accepted in transfer towards graduation degree credit hours.

Mayville State is working with community and technical colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Arizona, and Washington. Below you will find links to detailed transfer information from some of the institutions we have been working with. You can view detailed articulation agreements by clicking the link below. These are only sample articulations. Actual transfer credit granted will vary.

Find articulation agreements with Mayville State.

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs meet requirements for North Dakota teacher licensure The online Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Mathematics Education, as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching and the distance Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, fulfill licensing requirements in the State of North Dakota and North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement. Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, Mayville State University cannot confirm nor advise that education programs meet requirements for every state. Students seeking licensure in states other than North Dakota should contact the appropriate licensing board in the state in which they are pursuing licensure. The Office of Extended Learning and Teacher Education Department can work with out of state students on an individual basis to determine licensing requirements.


Mayville State online and distance courses cost $305 per credit for tuition and fees (2019-2020), regardless of a student's state of residency. Please note, tuition is subject to change without notice.  Financial aid may be available in the form of grants and loans. To see if you are eligible for financial aid, you first need to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). When completing the form, list Mayville State University (Title IV code 002993) on your application.

BSED Special Education Factsheet (Option for currently licensed teachers)

BSED Special Education Factsheet (Double-major option)

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Julie St. Germaine :: MSU Distance Education Program Coordinator

Connie Kaldor

Online Advisor and Recruiter
330 3rd St NE
Old Main 104
Mayville, ND 58257