Bakken teacher shortages prompt new Williston Bachelor-Degree Program

Published: Jan. 28, 2020 at 1:48 PM CST
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Critical teacher shortages are a common issue schools throughout North Dakota are facing, and the University of Mary wants to close that gap in one of the most in need parts of the state: northwest North Dakota.

Dr. Kimberly Marman is one of the teachers for the University of Mary Education Bachelor-Degree Program.

Now she and U-Mary want to extend the program to Williston State College.

WSC has always been a two-year college, but U-Mary staff say it will be easy to add elementary education method courses to its campus.

Participants will get the same education required on the U-Mary campus to graduate and receive a first through eighth grade teaching license.

"We have a critical shortage in all areas. We are not producing enough teachers at this time in our communities to fill the need. We need to be in front of those students and actually teaching kids the required curriculum," said Dr. Kimberly Marman, the Department of Education chairperson.

They plan on starting the program in fall of 2021.