The University of North Dakota was founded in 1883, six years before North Dakota statehood, with a charter calling for the establishment of a liberal arts and letters college and a normal school for the training of teachers. The University was also charged with providing education in the professional fields, and the School of Law was added in 1889, Engineering and Mines in 1901 and Medicine in 1905.
Today, UND has more than 225 fields of study and nearly 15,000 students – hailing from all 50 states as well as 85 countries. To go along with its charge of training teachers, UND offers professional development opportunities for preK-12 educators. UND’s Professional Development for Educators (PDE) program offers more than 200 online courses and 50 face-to-face learning events. Each year, PDE provides PD credit to more than 4,000 school administrators, teachers and other school professionals.
UND’s College of Education is CAEP accredited and the institution is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.