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From the Arizona Department of Education
The Native American Language Certification (NALTC) Policy R7-2-614J was unanimously adopted by the State Board of Education on August 27, 2012, and went into immediate effect at the Arizona Department of Education.
The policy allows for individuals with Native American language proficiency, whose proficiency is verified by their own tribal assessments, to apply for a Native Language Teacher Certificate at the Arizona Department of Education. Other requirements would include a fingerprint clearance card, an application fee, and meeting renewal requirements consistent with other teacher certificates under section R7-2-614. The policy is an avenue for elders and other non-degreed language experts to teach only native language(s) to students in Arizona schools. In 2009, the Native American Language approved area was also passed for those meeting all other requirements for a regular teaching certificate.
Help support Native American Language and apply for a Native American Language Pre-K-12 Certificate from the Arizona Department of Education.
Native American Language Pre-K-12 Certificate
From External Partners and Stakeholders
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) offers funding opportunities for undergraduate students including AS, BA, and BS degrees in all majors, with special scholarships for STEM majors. One of those scholarships is the AIGC Access Scholarship, a one-time award to cover students’ graduate test fees including the GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, and PCAT. There are eligibility requirements. Learn more about the AIGC Access Scholarship and apply now!
AIGC Access Scholarship
The University of Arizona's Indigenous Teacher Education Project is hosting its inaugural conference, Mobilizing Decolonial Praxis, on June 21st and June 22nd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm MST. The conference will premiere critical Indigenous education efforts that mobilize a decolonial praxis in schools and communities serving Indigenous students. Register today!
ITEP Conference: Mobilizing Decolonial Praxis
Leading and Learning Together
“Maintaining a language isn’t just maintaining a form of communication, it’s maintaining a group of people or a people’s world view or social organization,” says Ofelia Zepeda, a linguistics professor at the University of Arizona. “A lot of it is held within the language, and that’s why it’s important to understand the connection between language and culture, or the way that people believe or behave or function. It’s sort of, all tied together.”
Learn more about Professor Ofelia Zepeda and her work supporting the Tohono O’odham language in the Tucson Daily Star’s profile of her work.