The Elementary Education Program was developed in response to a need for Native American representation in public schools locally and nationally. Associate Degree Graduates are prepared to work as paraprofessionals in public school districts or continue on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After meeting specified requirements, students may enroll in the Teacher Education Program (TEP) for third and fourth year courses. Requirements for acceptance into the TEP are outlined in the Education Department Student Handbook.

Degree Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree, candidates will demonstrate the skills, dispositions and knowledge in relationship to the following principles:

1. Making content meaningful

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

2. Child development and learning theory

The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities

that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.

3. Learning styles/diversity

The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

4. Instructional strategies/critical thinking

The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

5. Motivation and behavior

The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagements in learning, and self-motivation.

6. Communication and Technology

The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

7. Planning for instruction

The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

8. Assessment

The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.

9. Professional growth/reflection

The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

10. Interpersonal relationships

The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students’ learning and well being.