SKC Offers New Science 4-year Teaching DegreeAug 15th, 2010 | By tcj | Category: 22-1: Native Activism, Fall 2010, Tribal College News
Salish Kootenai College (SKC), the tribal college on the Flathead Reservation in northwest Montana, is offering a new four-year degree to prepare students to be middle school and high school science teachers.
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, graduates of the new Bachelor of Science in Science Education (BSSE) degree will be eligible to apply for a Broadfield Science teacher license — the most commonly sought science teacher license in Montana and other rural states — which licenses teachers to teach all science disciplines at the middle school and high school levels.
The tribal college expects its graduates to be prepared to effectively teach diverse student populations, particularly American Indian. Students enrolled in the four-year program will take a majority of courses in the sciences, with additional core courses in education theory and practice. In alignment with SKC’s philosophy, the coursework will focus on cultural competence by partnering tribal elders, tribal science professionals, a committed SKC faculty, and other members of tribal communities to work collaboratively with BSSE students.
Currently, there is a shortage of certified science teachers in the United States. American Indians are particularly underrepresented in the profession and in science-related fields in general. SKC seeks to address this shortage by offering competitive scholarships and a generous monthly stipend for selected American Indian students and tribal descendants who enroll in the BSSE.
For more information, contact Regina Sievert at the Indigenous Math and Science Institute at Salish Kootenai College at 406-275-4995 or Regina_Sievert@skc.edu for further information.