The purpose of the Native Teacher Program (NTP) is to support pre-service teachers in increasing their understanding and knowledge base of Ojibwe language, history and culture. Students in this program will also have an understanding of best practice when working with Ojibwe youth.
Tuition support is available for students who major in both the NTP and elementary or secondary education. Funding availability is dependent on grant cycles. Participation in the program is not dependent on tribal affiliation. Service pay back is required by the U.S. Office of Indian Education for financial support received from grants funded by them.
The Ojibwe Language and Culture component of the program is available as a stand alone major for students outside the School of Education or as a compliment to other disciplines as well. However, there is no financial support available for these students.
The NTP is funded by grants from the U. S. Office of English Language and Acquisition and the U.S. Office of Indian Education.
These grants are in place due to demonstrated need for culturally sensitive and bilingual teachers in K-12 programs in Duluth and surrounding areas. The Native student population far outweighs available resources, including teachers, for effective education. Within our Native youth lives the future success and well-being of our community.
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