Teacher Education

The Department of Teacher Education offers two Bachelors of Science degrees: Elementary Education and Secondary Science. Upon graduation candidates will be licensed in, Elementary Education 1-8, and secondary Science 5-12.

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.

Admissions Process

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 custom essay describing your philosophy of education. A completed application packet will be evaluated by an Admissions Committee. 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, Jenzabar, and Canvas.

The Teacher Education Department offers a baccalaureate degree in 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.

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 eight. 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 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 5-12 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.

Elementary Education (Suggested Sequence)

General Education (64 credits)

Course Descriptions (276 KB PDF)

Elementary Education

 Fall Semester  1st yr. (17cr)

  • EDUC235 Praxis (1)
  • EDUC310 Intro to Exceptional Children (3)
  • EDUC321 Multi-Cultural (3)
  • EDUC326 Writing for Teachers (2)
  • EDUC329 Curriculum Planning (3)
  • EDUC330 Foundations of Education (3)
  • EDUC300 Educational Technology (2)

Spring Semester  1st yr. (20 cr)

  • EDUC320 Native Issues (3)
  • EDUC331 Learning Environments (3)
  • EDUC 350 Practicum I (1)
  • EDUC404 Music Methods (2)
  • EDUC405 Math Methods/Materials (3)
  • EDUC407 Creative Arts (3)
  • EDUC408 Health PE Methods (2)
  • EDUC410 Educational Assessment (3)

 Fall Semester 2nd yr. (14 cr)

  • EDUC236A Praxis II (1)
  • EDUC360A Practicum II (1)
  • EDUC402 Foundations of Reading/Diagnostics(4)
  • EDUC403 Social Studies Methods (3)
  • EDUC406 Science Methods/Materials (2)
  • EDUC409 Language Arts Methods/Materials (3)

Spring Semester 2nd yr. (13 cr)

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

Courses to be taken during Summer Semester

  • MATH277 Math for Teachers (3)

Secondary Science (Suggested Sequence)

Course Descriptions

Summer Semester before 3rd Year-Chemistry/Biology Majors

  • EDUC353-Child & Adol. Psychology(3)

Fall Semester-3rd Year-Chemistry Majors Only

  • MATH212-Statistics(3)
  • EDUC310-Intro to Exceptional Children(3)
  • EDUC321-Multi-Cultural(3)
  • EDUC329-Curriculum Planning & Eval.(3)
  • EDUC330-Foundations of Education(3)
  • EDUC300-Educational Technology(2)

Spring Semester-3rd Year

  • GEOL106-Earth Thru Time(4)
  • CHEM380-Environmental Chemistry(4)
  • PHYS211-Physics I(4)
  • EDUC299-Sec. Classroom Mgmt(3)
  • EDUC320-Native Issues(3)
  • EDUC350-Practicum I(1)

Fall Semester-4th Year

  • BIOL300/400Biology Elec.(4)
  • CHEM300/400Chemistry Elec.(4)
  • EDUC470-Methods of Sec Science(3)
  • EDUC360-Practicum II(1)
  • HPER210-First Aid(2)

Spring Semester-4th Year

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

Fall Semester-3rd Year-Biology Majors Only

  • MATH212-Statistics(3)
  • EDUC310-Intro to Exceptional Children(3)
  • EDUC321-Multi-Cultural(3)
  • EDUC329-Curriculum Planning & Eval.(3)
  • EDUC330-Foundations of Education(3)
  • EDUC300-Educational Technology(2)

Spring Semester-3rd Year

  • GEOL106-Earth thru Time(4)
  • BIOL202-Microbiology(4)
  • PHYS211-Physics I(4)
  • EDUC299-Sec. Classroom Mgmt.(3)
  • EDUC320-Native Issues(3)
  • EDUC350-Practicum I(1)

Fall Semester-4th Year

  • BIOL300/400-Biology Elec.(4)
  • CHEM300/400-Chemistry Elec.(4)
  • EDUC470-Methods of Sec. Science(3)
  • EDUC236-Praxis II(1)
  • EDUC360-Practicum II(1)
  • HPER210-First Aid(2)

Spring Semester-4th Year

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

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


Anthea Jeannotte

TED Administrative Assistant
Phone: 701.477.7857
Fax: 701.477.7971
Ext: 2186
e-mail: ajeannotte@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


Les LaFountain

Social Science Instructor
Phone: 701.477.7813
Ext: 2184
e-mail: llafountain@tm.edu
Office: Room 210P


Dave Wibe

Secondary Science Instructor
Phone: 701.477.7862
Ext: 1026
e-mail: dwibe@tm.edu
Office: Room 218