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Graduate Credit

NESC/VCSU Cafeteria Plan

One graduate credit can be earned for every 15 hours of attendance and engagement at designated NESC workshops during the 2023-24 school year:

  • Regional Fall In-service (August 15, 2023)
  • Technology Learning Cooperative Workshops
  • Project ExCEED
  • Beginning Teacher Workshops
  • ALICE Active Shooter Workshops
  • LINCspring Cycles
  • Additional NESC sponsored or facilitated professional learning at member schools

The NESC Graduate Credit Cafeteria Plan gives professionals an opportunity to accumulate the necessary hours for graduate credits offered from Valley City State University (VCSU) during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Up to four credits may be acquired per school year. A total of 15 hours of direct instruction must be completed for each graduate credit.


  1. Download credit verification forms via pdf or typeable document:
  2. Participate in NESC sponsored or facilitated professional development (15 hours per credit)
  3. On the verification form, answer briefly:
    • How will this PD Activity help you improve your teaching?
    • How will this PD Activity promote increases in student achievement?
  4. Obtain an administrator signature (use the form from step 1)
  5. Register for credit using the link,

    • Search: “EDUC 2000” and choose the semester in which you want your credits registered (Keep credits as “All”)
    • Find “EDUC 2000 ST: Professional Development (NESC members only)”
    • Select the number of credits you want to purchase in the dropdown
    • Click “Choose credits” and then add them to your cart
    • Click “Check out” to complete registration
    • Pay for your credits ($65 per credit)
  6. Send verification forms to Dave Bass at VCSU (101 College St. SW, Valley City, ND 58072)

VCSU Credit Registration Deadlines:
Summer 2023 – July 14, 2023
Fall 2023 – November 24, 2023
Spring 2024 – April 19, 2024
Summer 2024 – July 12, 2024

Statewide professional learning offered within the NESC area and/or in partnership with the NESC may have separate graduate credit opportunities with credit registration information distributed during the workshop(s).


Contact Erin Lacina, NESC Director of Professional Learning & Operations, at or 888-701-NESC (6372).

NESC/UND/VESi Subscription

Graduate Level Professional Development Credit Courses.
Up to nine credits for $275 TOTAL!

Northeast Education Services Cooperative (NESC) has partnered with the University of North Dakota and VESi to offer members a yearly subscription to online graduate level professional development credit courses for $275 per year. You can enroll in one course per term or two courses during the summer (if you skip fall or spring), for a total of 3 courses per year.

  • Choose from over 30 online courses for license renewal and salary advancement
  • Learn online at your own pace from the convenience of your home
  • Three courses (up to nine credits) per year for $275 — a savings of over $700 per year
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Course topics include:

  • Assessment
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism & Asperger’s Disorder
  • Classroom Management
  • Common Core
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary/Secondary Math Concepts
  • English Language Learner
  • Mental Health
  • Reading & Writing
  • Talented & Gifted Students
  • Violence & Bullying
Complete course list: