American Indian Center

Teacher Preparation Partnership (TPP) Program 2022-2023

Financial support is available for American Indian/Alaska Native students to earn Early Childhood Education licensure (Birth-Grade 3) at St. Cloud State University (SCSU). The funding is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Indian Education.

The TPP financial package will supplement other financial aid. The support covers tuition, books and supplies, and initial licensing exam fees. A monthly living stipend and child care allowance are provided for full-time students not working more than 20 hours per week. In addition to the financial support, students will receive academic support through a Native educator linking seminar while in school and teacher mentoring post-graduation.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • American Indian/Alaska Native students who are tribally enrolled or first/second generation descendants.  Priority will be given to tribally enrolled citizens then first and second generation descendants. 
  • Admission to SCSU and enrollment in the Early Childhood Education Teacher Licensure program.
  • 30-40 credits that transfer to SCSU and can be applied to the SCSU general education and/or ECE degree requirements. The TPP program is intended to be a 2-3 year program depending on credits already earned.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA to enter the TPP program.
  • Math proficiency demonstrated by one of the following: ACT Math score of 22 or higher, SCSU Math 201 (Elements of Mathematics I), or math placement equivalent.
  • Good standing with federal loans and eligible for federal government approval.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check.
  • Completion of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Service Obligation
The Office of Indian Education requires students in the teacher preparation program to complete a service obligation (work payback) equal to the total period of time for which the student received funding through the scholarship (typically 2-3 years). If a student does not meet the payback requirements, the student must repay the total amount received and expended for training/education. The federal government has no hardship deferrals.
 

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