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Elementary Education

United Tribes Technical College

The Elementary Education Assiciate of Science (AS) program curriculum prepares students to enter a profession with a demand at an all-time high. Upon completion, the graduate can expect employment as a paraprofessional in a tribal, public or private school setting. Most all of the courses contain a field experience component. This allows the student to gain first-hand knowledge of the best practices in education from experienced teachers in actual classrooms. The degree is designed to transfer to a university bachelor degree program for those students who wish to continue their education. Transfer degree options include elementary education teachers, special education teachers, school counselors, physical education teachers, coaching, as well as a number of other areas.

Students considering the field of education must pass a background check that is completed upon registration for the program. Any students choosing this program must be free from certain criminal convictions in order to be eligible for employment upon graduation.

The faculty in the elementary education program have graduate degrees in the field of education, a wealth of classroom experience, and teacher licensure for the state of North Dakota. They have a number of credentials as well; online teaching and learning, reading, and are vocational education certified by the State of North Dakota.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the UTTC Elementary Education AS degree program will:

  1. Distinguish characteristics of education theories, effective practices, and foundations.
  2. Apply relevant educational technology.
  3. Identify classroom and behavioral management strategies.
  4. Exhibit dispositions of effective educators.

Praxis Pass Rates

Data from ETS Title II Reporting Services. Current as of February 17, 2017.

Praxis Pass Rates
UTTC Elementary Ed StudentsStatewide
Total DeliveredTotal Passed% Pass RateTotal DeliveredTotal Passed% Pass Rate
2013 - 201666100%1749163593%

Bachelor of Science

The Elementary Education Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program has been approved by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and is designed as a teacher licensure program. This means students who are accepted into and complete this program of study, as well as meet the other criteria, are eligible to apply for an Educator’s Professional License through the State of North Dakota.

The conceptual framework of the UTTC Teacher Education program is based on the philosophy that a competent, caring teacher is prepared to teach all children. We believe that teaching from what was traditionally a Native perspective is the best way for all children to learn. A Native perspective begins with recognizing the child in the context of family, community, and culture. Learning is a natural part of human growth, development, and socialization in all cultures. In many cultures, particularly Native American, the learning experiences that constitute education are based in cultural values of relevance, relatedness, respect, and responsibility – referred to in this framework as the “4 Rs”.

Relevance is demonstrated through meaningful and authentic learning experiences tied directly to state and national standards. Candidates learn and experience reflective practice by participating in field placements in the classroom under mentor and instructor guidance. They are provided the opportunity to engage in opportunities that are meaningful and relevant to one’s life and interests.

Relatedness is believing and behaving as if you are a relative to another person or thing. It is demonstrated and reinforced through collaborations with children and families. Respect is a very important traditional Native value.

Respect is demonstrated through student contributions and their respect of others’ contributions. The disposition of respect is demonstrated through courtesy, kindness, and acceptance of individuals and their contributions.

Responsibility is a core value of Native cultures as well as the teaching culture. Candidates are expected to demonstrate accountability for their actions and decisions as they engage in their general education and teacher education curriculum.

The 4Rs are integrated throughout the UTTC Teacher Education unit and program(s) and are placed in the context of a holistic worldview and global interconnectedness. These and other values will prepare teacher candidates, and in turn the children they will teach, to be productive members of society and have a good quality of life.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the UTTC Elementary Education BS degree program will:

  1. Demonstrate content knowledge necessary for effective teaching and learning.
  2. Demonstrate skills in teaching methodology that allow for the establishment and maintenance of an environment conducive to the learning of all students.
  3. Use technology as a means of transforming teaching and learning, infusing it across the curricula.
  4. Promote a deep respect for diversity by planning and implementing lessons that are inclusive of all learners.
  5. Encourage reflective practice as a means by which professional educators continually improve the teaching and learning process.
  6. Develop effective communication skills so that viable partnerships between colleagues, students, and families can be nurtured.