Immerse yourself in teaching and prepare for a rewarding career educating children
Help revitalize the Dakota and Lakota languages within North Dakota and South Dakota.
With a B.S.Ed. in Indigenous Language Education from UND, you will be prepared to
teach students in diverse learning environments.
On Campus or Online
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Why earn an Indigenous Language Education Degree?
Teaching students is one of the most fulfilling careers. With a B.S.Ed. with a major
in Indigenous Language Education, you will be eligible to pursue teaching licensure
— and make your mark on the future.
As a teacher candidate at UND, you'll study current curriculum, digital technologies,
indigenous pedagogies, differentiated instruction and assessment. Multiple field experiences
will provide you with additional opportunities for authentic teaching and learning.
Bachelor's Degree in Indigenous Language Education
UND's Indigenous Language Education program is the only one of its kind in North Dakota
and South Dakota. It offers teacher licensure to teach the Dakota and Lakota languages
in K-12 classrooms throughout North Dakota and South Dakota with reciprocity.
Graduates of UND's Indigenous Language Education program are well prepared to work
with diverse students and within diverse school settings. You will have the confidence,
knowledge, skills and dispositions to provide innovative teaching and learning strategies.
You will fully understand best practices in indigenous curriculum, instruction, digital
technology, and assessment.
On-Campus or Online Indigenous Language Education Degree
Work directly with students in diverse schools and communities. Gain insight by presenting
and reviewing practice lessons with your peers.
Develop and teach lessons in authentic learning environments.
Help keep the Dakota and Lakota languages thriving within North Dakota and South Dakota.
What can I do with an Indigenous Language Education Degree?
Current Lakota/Dakota language teachers who are over the age of 65 and near retirement.
The outlook is promising for jobs in Indigenous Language Education. There is a teacher
shortage in North Dakota and South Dakota as there are not enough certified Lakota/Dakota
With a B.S.Ed. in Indigenous Language Education from UND, you'll be on your way to
a rewarding career in education by helping to ensure these native languages are passed
on to the next generations.
Indigenous Language Education & Linguistics Course Highlights
IS 250. Lakota Language I. 3 Credits.
This is the first of two Lakota language classes for beginning speakers. On demand.
IS 344. Education and American Indians. 3 Credits.
Throughout the centuries of American Indian and white contact, American Indian education advocated by the colonial and federal governments as well as by various denominations has reflected the changing attitudes, stereotypes, and ethnocentrisrns of Europeans and Euroamericans toward American Indian peoples. This course will examine the changing policies of the federal government, the attitudes of the various denominations, and some of the contemporary changes in the educational system. S.
T&L 250. Introduction to Education. 3 Credits.
This course is designed for students exploring the profession of teaching in early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary schools. You will study what it means to be a teacher, the role of schools in a diverse society, and the foundations of education. You will participate in field experiences in schools, role-playing, simulations, and peer-teaching to explore teaching in today's schools. F,S.
T&L 319. Integrating Diverse Needs in Educational Settings. 3 Credits.
This course introduces students to the shared, collaborative responsibility of professionals in education. It emphasizes understanding of different emotional and learning abilities and underscores the requirement that teachers create and modify learning environments and adapt evidence-based teaching strategies and methods. Integrated into this course are concepts of accountability, building collaborative partnerships and facilitating educational programming for inclusive success. F,S,SS.
T&L 432. Learning Environments. 3 Credits.
The purpose of this class is to study psychological, social, and cultural factors that influence classroom behavior and to examine elements that contribute to a positive learning environment. An additional 15 hour field experience is required for the course over a three-week period. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education program. F,S.
T&L 252. Child Development. 3 Credits.
Study of the growth and developmental process through adolescence. A basis for understanding basic needs of the normal child and means of meeting them in the child's home and community environment. F,S.
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