United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) was awarded a teacher training grant entitled the Project SAGE by the Office of Special Education Programs. The purpose of this project is to increase the number of highly qualified American Indian teachers certified in Elementary Education and Special Education.
Upon completion of the program, the project participants referred to as scholars, will be eligible for North Dakota teacher licensure in Elementary Education with coursework for an endorsement in Special Education.
Twenty (20) full-time scholars will be selected to begin coursework fall 2015 for the bachelor degree program of study. Potential candidates must have a complete application packet before they will be considered for selection (the components of the application packet are detailed in this information).
The final selection criteria for the project will be completed by select UTTC faculty and the project director. Preference for selection will be given to applicants who have already completed a two-year degree or a considerable number of credits within the past five years. Applicants must be enrolled in a federally recognized American Indian tribe or be able to prove descendancy.
Project SAGE allows for student financial support of at least $3,000 per semester and considerable professional development opportunities. Participants are encouraged to seek financial aid funding sources early. In order to continue participation in the project, participants must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA, as well as fulfill other project requirements.