Bachelor of Science

Department Contact

Dr. Teresa Delorme

Department Chair

Phone: 701.477.7826

Ext: 2185

e-mail: tdelorme@tm.edu

Office: Room 219

Kristie Dionne

Instructor Elem Ed.

Phone: 701.477.7851

Ext: 2181

e-mail: kdionne@tm.edu

Office: Room 219

Kathy Jo Henry

Instructor Elementary Ed.

Phone: 701.477.7862

Ext: 2200

e-mail: khenry@tm.edu

Office: Room 219

Les LaFountain

Soc Sci Instructor

Phone: 701.477.7813

Ext: 2184

e-mail: llafountain@tm.edu

Office: Room 210P

Anthea (Pays) Jeannotte

TED Administrative Assistant

Phone: 701.477.7857

Fax: 701.477.7971

Ext: 2186

e-mail: ajeanotte@tm.edu

Office: Room 219

Cathie Gladue

Student Teaching Supervisor

Phone: 701.477.7801

Fax: 701.477.7971

Ext: 2183

e-mail: cgladue@tm.edu

Office: Room 219

The Department of Teacher Education offers three Bachelors of Science degrees: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Secondary Science. Upon graduation Early Childhood candidates will be licensed in Birth-3rd, Elementary Education 1-6, and secondary Science 7-12.

The academic programs are academically rigorous in order to prepare outstanding candidates for the teaching profession. Integral to this academic excellence is an understanding of  Native culture, which is woven throughout the curriculum. It is expected that the values and principles of Native culture will be embraced and modeled through dispositions reflective of culturally responsive teaching. All three programs are designed around a cohort model learning, highlighting the importance of collaboration and teamwork as necessary preludes to being change agents dedicated to culturally responsive teaching.

During the first semester of coursework, teacher education students are required to take the Praxis I exam. Students must pass the Praxis I exam by the end of the 2nd semester in order to stay in the program.

Accountability For Programs that Prepare Teachers

Schools that prepare teachers for initial State Certification or Licensure are required to provide a report annually to the state and to the general public. The states must submit to the U.S. Department of Education, and make available to the public, an annual report containing school and state-level information. This report can be accessed by following the Accountability For Programs that Prepare Teachers link, by selecting ND on the map, and locating Turtle Mountain Community College from the worksheet.

The first step in the application process is to submit a transcript(s) and an Intent to Apply form. Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5. After a transcript analysis has been completed and found to meet the entrance requirements by a member of the Teacher Education Department faculty, you will be asked to proceed to step two of the application process which requires letters of recommendation, a resume’, official transcript(s), and a short essay describing your philosophy of education. A completed application packet will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee and those candidates that meet the requirements for teacher education will be invited for an interview and impromptu writing evaluation. Nearly all courses in teacher education incorporate some level of technical computer skills, therefore you will need to have some proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Jenzabar.

The Teacher Education Department offers a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education, elementary education and secondary science education. The secondary degree allows graduates to apply for a composite degree teaching license in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics.

Both degree programs are designed around a cohort model learning community, reflecting the importance of collaboration, support, and teamwork as necessary precursors to becoming effective change agents in the education systems across Indian Country.

Early Childhood

The TMCC baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education is a career-oriented program that prepares students to be effective teachers of young children from birth through age eight or third grade. Graduates must be competent to meet the developmental needs of children and families and the programming needs of a high quality early childhood education program.

The curriculum is aligned with North Dakota and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards in order to ensure consistency across both agencies. In addition, the program is aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for early childhood professional preparation programs.

Elementary Education

The elementary teacher education program is committed to helping all students learn. The teacher candidates will receive the opportunity to apply and adapt a multitude of teaching principles to meet the needs of diverse student populations. Multicultural education is taken to heart wherein inclusiveness is seen as an essential component of this program. Consequently, there is a strong commitment to fully implementing best teaching practices that encompass the latest models of inquiry-based instruction and brain-based instructional strategies which differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all the students.

Integral to these best teaching practices is the exploratory and hands-on methodologies which emphasize engagement, learning as a process, the need to begin with students’ own ideas and concrete experiences in creating new and deepened understandings of the world around them. In addition, technology is explored in its many formats in order to provide the teacher candidate with as many tools as possible in the pursuit of teaching excellence.

The elementary teacher education program prepares the candidates for licensure to teach grades one to six. Admittance to this program of study requires completion of all general education requirements with a GPA of 2.5.

Secondary Science

The main objective of the teacher education program is to design and implement a significant change in how science is understood and how science is taught in high schools on the Turtle Mountain Reservation and beyond. Consequently, there is dedication to pursue this vision by creating deeply engaging lessons that provide students with opportunity for inquiry based learning, critical thinking, and science skills development; which include the “tools” of science and processes necessary to observe nature and seek answers to questions affecting all things living and non-living holistically. The Native ways of Knowing secondary science program prepares teacher candidates to be advocates of science for all learners, while simultaneously honoring traditional science wisdom which has provided a base of knowledge from which survival of the human species is credited.

The Secondary Science teacher education program prepares the candidates for licensure to teach grades 7-12 in biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Admittance to this program of study requires completion of all general education requirements with a GPA of 2.5. After successful admittance to the program, the candidates begin their course of study as juniors in college.

Students are required to take and pass Praxis I in the first semester, and later Praxis II in order to receive their BS degree in education and become licensed teachers in the state of North Dakota.

Early Childhood (Suggested Sequence)

Course Descriptions (181 KB PDF)

Early Childhood Fall Semester I (17 credits)

  • EDUC235 Preparation for Praxis I (1)
  • EDUC310 Intro to Exceptional Children (3)
  • ECE320 Infants and Toddlers (3)
  • EDUC321 Multicultural Ed & Human Development (3)
  • ECE336 Soc./Emo. Guide of the Young Child (3)
  • ECE337 Pre-School w/Special Needs (3)
  • ECE350 Early Childhood Practicum I (1)

Early Childhood Spring Semester II (18 credits)

  • ECE311 Observ. Doc., & Assessment (3)
  • ECE313 Lang. Dev. & Emrg. Lit. (3)
  • EDUC320 Native Issues (3)
  • ECE338 Family & Community Relations (3)
  • EDUC405 Math Methods (3)
  • ECE414 Administration Leadership (3)

Early Childhood Fall Semester III-2nd year (18 credits)

  • ECE360 Practicum II (1)
  • EDUC236C Praxis II (1)
  • EDUC402 Foundations of Reading (4)
  • EDUC403 Social Studies Methods (3)
  • EDUC406 Science Methods (2)
  •  EDUC409 Methods and Materials for Language Arts (3)
  • ECE 411 Pre-Kindergarten Methods & Materials (2)
  • ECE 412 Kindergarten Methods & Materials (2)

Early Childhood Spring Semester IV-2nd year (13 credits)

  • ECE414 Pre-Kindergarten Student Teaching(6)
  • ECE415 Kindergarten – Third Student Teaching (6)
  • ECE416 Early Childhood Seminar (1)

Courses to be taken during summer schedule

  • EDUC300 Educational Technology
  • ECE329A Writing for Teachers
  • MATH227 Math for Teachers
  • ECE329 Curriculum, Development, Play

Elementary Education (Suggested Sequence)

General Education (64 credits)

Course Descriptions (276 KB PDF)

First Semester – (14 credits)

  • EDUC235 Preparation for Praxis I (1)
  • EDUC310 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
  • EDUC321 Multicultural Ed/Human Diversity (3)
  • EDUC329 Curriculum Planning & Evaluation (3)
  • EDUC330 Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDUC350A Practicum I (1)

Second Semester – (20 credits)

  • EDUC320 Native Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC331 Learning Environments (3)
  • EDUC404 Music Methods (2)
  • EDUC405 Math Methods and Materials (3)
  • EDUC407 Creative Arts Methods (3)
  • EDUC408 Health & Physical Education Methods and Materials (3)
  • EDUC410 Educational Assessment (3)

Third Semester – (15 credits)

  • EDUCA236 Praxis II (1)
  • EDUC360A Practicum II (1)
  • EDUC402 Foundations of Reading and Reading Diagnosis (4)
  • EDUC403 Social Studies Methods and Materials (3)
  • EDUC406 Science Methods and Materials (2)
  • EDUC409 Methods and Materials for Language Arts (3)

Fourth Semester – (13 credits)

  • EDUC414 Student Teaching (12)
  • EDUC415 Seminar: Classroom Teaching (1)

Secondary Science (Suggested Sequence)

General Education (66 credits)

Course Descriptions

First Semester (14 credits)

  • EDUC235 Praxis I (1)
  • EDUC310 Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
  • EDUC321 Multicultural Ed/Human Diversity (3)
  • EDUC329 Curriculum Planning & Evaluation (3)
  • EDUC330 Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDUC350B Practicum I (1)

Second Semester (20 credits)

  • EDUC320 Native Issues in Education (3)
  • CHEM380 Environmental (4)
  • Content Courses (13)

Summer Session

  • Content Courses (6-9)

Third Semester (15-17 credits)

  • MATH212 Statistics (3)
  • EDUC236B Praxis II (1)
  • EDUC360B Practicum II (1)
  • EDUC375 Reading in the Content Area (2)
  • EDUC470 Methods of Secondary Science (2)
  • SCI Courses (8)

Fourth Semester (11-13 credits)

  • EDUC414 Student Teaching (12)
  • EDUC415 Teaching Seminar (1)

Early Childhood

Elementary Education

Secondary Science

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