Fort Berthold Plans New Bachelor’s in Education

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Tribal College News

Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND) received funding in August 2008 from the National Science Foundation to establish a four-year baccalaureate program in elementary education with a minor in middle school science or mathematics. The accreditation process with the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board has begun, and the program is scheduled for certification in the spring of 2010.

The Mada Maagarishtauo Awa Hee Aadsa Maa Aru Maa Giguckiigash (The Ones That Teach Our Children How Everything On This Earth Works) program will be standards-based and use constructivist methods that focus on content education and science/mathematics courses.

The program designers intend to develop a strong foundation in science and math in Fort Berthold elementary students in order to advance their learning in those subjects at the middle and high school levels. Teachers graduating with a strong background in science and math are expected to naturally pass this on to children.

The program is centered on four core merits: Culture, Constructivism, Comprehension, and CREDE (Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence). The culture of the three Fort Berthold tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) is woven into every class at FBCC. Constructivism is a hands-on approach to learning where students use what they already know to form new information. Comprehension concentrates on truly understanding what is being taught in the classroom. CREDE focuses on diversity and learning styles and gives insight into the way Native American students traditionally have learned.

Starting in 2009, a new cohort will begin at the junior level each fall and work and study together in the learning community model. Upon graduation, students will be certified to teach grades one through eight. Applications for the first cohort are now being accepted, according to FBCC Director of Teacher Education Anna Rubia.

For more information on the program, contact FBCC Director of Teacher Education Anna Rubia at 701-627-4738 ext. 225.

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