Indigenous Language Teaching Certificate

Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, e-Learning

The certificate in Indigenous Language Teaching prepares students to work in the growing language revitalization field, including within tribal organizations, tribal corporations, school districts, and non-profit organizations. This certificate is meant to lead to a type M certification within the state of Alaska. It also supplements students' learning goals within the Indigenous Language Learning Certificate, and would support eventual or tandem enrollment in the Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Alaska Native Languages & Studies and/or a Masters in Teaching degree. 11 credits fulfill the GER requirement for the certificate, with the rest of the courses focused on teaching language communication, understanding & human relations, for a total of 38 credits.

Minimum Credit Hours 38
General Education Requirements 11
Program Requirements 27
General Requirements
Select one of the following language sequences:8
*Beginning Tlingit I
*Beginning Tlingit II
*Beginning Haida I
*Beginning Haida II
*Beginning Tsimshian I
*Beginning Tsimshian II
Indigenous Studies
ANS S101*Introduction to Alaska Native Studies3
Program Requirements
AKL S290Indigenous Language Revitalization3
AKL S460Indigenous Language Field Methods3
Teaching Indigenous Languages
AKL S371Foundations of Indigenous Language Education3
AKL S410Indigenous Language Curriculum Design & Instruction3
AKL S415Indigenous Language Instructional Strategies3
AKL S471Indigenous Language Teacher Apprenticeship3
AKL S490Practicum in Indigenous Language Education3
Advisor approved electives6
  1. Students will gain competencies in teaching Indigenous languages in second language acquisition programs, immersion programs, dual-language schools, and language medium schools.
  2. Students will build networks with Indigenous language revitalization programs and will participate in research on effective language revitalization practices.
  3. Students will increase their own fluency and will contribute to the health and vibrancy of Alaska Native languages.
  4. Students will become teachers of Alaska Native languages, and will assume leadership roles in language documentation, language gathering and use, curriculum development and program planning, and the teaching of Indigenous languages to others.