Ojibwe Language and Culture Education
Ojibwe language, culture, traditions and history
The Ojibwe Language and Culture Education program (OLCE) is a four-year academic major that prepares students to be proficient learners of the Ojibwe language and establishes a solid foundation in Ojibwe culture, traditions, and history. The program is designed so that student participants gain understanding in the unique educational needs of the American Indian Learner. The major is housed within the School of Education under the Native Teacher Program.
The OLCE major is not an initial teacher licensure program, but it can be taken in conjunction with the Elementary Education or Middle/Secondary Education teacher licensure programs. To be eligible for tuition assistance, students in the Native Teacher Program are required to enroll in one of our licensure programs in addition to the OLCE major.
Opportunities for OLCE graduates
This baccalaureate degree program prepares students in teacher education and social work to better meet the needs of a diverse society and to further their education in graduate studies.
In the OLCE program, students will take the following:
- 16 semester credits in Ojibwe Language (or demonstrate proficiency) and Classroom Ojibwe.
- EDU 3300 | Ojibwe Education Principles
- EDU 4300 | Ojibwe Education Methods
- ENG 4430 | English Language & Linguistics are also required
In addition, students will select 8 semester credits from the following Indian Studies course offerings:
- American Indian History I & II
- American Indian Literature
- American Indian Art and Music
- American Indian Philosophy
- Ojibwe History
- American Indian Women: Myth/Reality
- American Indian Law and Policy
- American Indian Families
- Human Behavior and the American Indian Community
- Counseling the American Indian
Financial aid opportunties
The Native Teacher Program can provide financial support for students who also major in elementary or middle/secondary education program. Availability of financial support is based upon grants received from the U.S. Department of Education. A monthly living stipend may also be available for students accepted into the program.
The Native Teacher Program is funded through grants from the Department of U.S. Education, Office of Indian Education and Office of English Language Acquisition. Funding provided by the Office of Indian Education requires service payback.