Bachelor of Science (BS) Elementary Education

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Program Description

The Mada Maagarishtauo Awa Hee Aadsa Maa Aru Maa Giguckiigash (The ones that teach our children how everything on this earth works) program at NHSC prepares candidates to teach grades 1 through 6.

During their junior and senior years, candidates work as a cohort or learning community, taking courses together and interacting in a weekly teacher education seminar to build, reflect, and gain perspective on their experiences.

Criteria for the Admission to Teacher Education

The student who intends to pursue a program in teacher education must apply to the Teacher Education Department and be approved for admission into the program. An applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50
  2. Satisfactory academic performance in ENG 110, ENG 120 and COMM 110
  3. Academic performance of an A or B grade in MATH 103 – College Algebra
  4. Successful completion of the Praxis I exam with a satisfactory score required by the state of North Dakota: a composite score of 516 based on the Current Qualifying Scaled Scores for PPST Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, provided the candidate has met the passing score currently in place for two of the three tests. Candidates can be admitted provisionally with notification in writing that Praxis I needs to be completed by the beginning of their senior year and with the understanding that they must successfully complete EDU 235 Praxis I Preparation (1 credit).
  5. Written recommendations from three professionals
  6. Essay on why the student would like to enter the teacher education program
  7. Work in progress on the electronic portfolio
  8. Professional resume'
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to the learning community model
  10. Agree to fulfill service to education or a related field on Fort Berthold upon graduation
  11. Exhibit suitable character necessary to teach

The Teacher Education Department and a committee consisting of faculty and staff will interview the applicant, review the documentation, and make a recommendation. If the applicant is denied admission due to a condition that can be corrected, the applicant may reapply when the deficiency is removed or may be put on interim probation.

Continuance in Teacher Education

In order to continue in the teacher education program, the candidate must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and earn a grade of a B or better in courses taken after admission to the program.
  2. Exhibit suitable character and evidence of good conduct, physical and mental health.
  3. Continue to obtain satisfactory recommendations from faculty, staff, and field experience supervisors.
  4. Prepare to pass the Praxis II exams with a satisfactory score required by the state of North Dakota for Principles of Learning and Teaching and Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Grades 1-6.

If requirements are not maintained, the Teacher Education Department and a committee consisting of faculty and staff may recommend probation or suspension from the program. Any such action would be reflected in a letter from the Teacher Education Department to the candidate.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the concluding experience of the Teacher Education Program at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College. It is completed during the candidate’s final semester and requires at least 16 full-time consecutive weeks. During this time, candidates apply what they have learned through their college coursework and field experiences. Student teaching allows the pre-service teachers a time to plan and carry out lessons that follow our four core merits: culture, constructivism, comprehension, and CREDE. They also use a variety of assessment techniques to determine the suitability of the lessons, success of instruction and understanding of their own students. During this time, it is expected that the pre-service teachers will experience and learn additional decision-making skills, instructional approaches, classroom management courses of action, and general competence.

Criteria for Admission to Student Teaching

A candidate must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to student teaching:

  1. Senior standing or equivalent with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better since admission to the teacher education program.
  2. Successful completion of the Praxis I and Praxis II exams as per qualifying state scores.
  3. Continued satisfactory performance on all criteria for admission and retention in the teacher education program.
  4. Completion of the professional education sequence before student teaching. The Teacher Education Department in consultation with a committee of faculty and staff may make exceptions to this criterion if circumstances warrant.
  5. Submission of student teaching application to the Teacher Education Department during the semester preceding the semester of student teaching.
  6. A criminal background investigation including the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation must be completed prior to student teaching.
  7. During student teaching, students will not be allowed to take more than three semester hours of credit during the 16 weeks of student teaching without the approval of the Teacher Education Department. Classes cannot be taken during the daily full-time student teaching assignment block.

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College reserves the right to have the candidates meet additional requirements that may be established by the Teacher Education Department.

Criteria for Graduation and Licensure Recommendation

The Teacher Education Department makes the recommendation for graduation and teacher licensure. In order to graduate and be endorsed for licensure, a candidate must meet the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better since admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  2. Completion of all program requirements, as defined by the Teacher Education Department.
  3. Successful student teaching experience.
  4. Successful completion and presentation of an electronic portfolio.
  5. Successful completion of Praxis I, Praxis II, and all ND licensure requirements.

The Registrar sends the application to the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) for the issuance of a teaching license.

Credit Hours Required: 131-132

Our Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program, Mada Maagarishtauo Awa Hee Aadsa Maa Aru Maa Giguckiigash (The ones that teach our children how everything on this earth works), became accredited with the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and the Higher Learning Commission in February 2011.

Program Outcomes:

  • The candidate will be able to develop and revise documenting growth and new understanding to articulate a written personal philosophy of education as it relates it to a career in education
  • The candidate will be able to apply the four merits: Culture, Constructivism, Comprehension, and CREDE (research, education, diversity, excellence) in the writing and delivery of at least
  • two exemplary, standards-based lesson plans
  • The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of ND State Standards (Common Core
  • Curriculum), InTASC Standards, and Core Merits ( which include Culture, Constructivism, Comprehension, and CREDE (research, education, diversity, excellence) as measured by an ePortfolio rubric
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College was granted continued accreditation on July 12, 2006, by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ... Read More

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College was granted continued accreditation on July 12, 2006, by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Read less
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