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.
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.
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.
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.