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The College of St. Scholastica
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St. Scholastica was named on the list of Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans by Winds of Change magazine.

Native Teacher Program

Native Teacher Program
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Ojibwe Language and Culture Education

Program Facts

  • Provides a solid foundation in Ojibwe culture, traditions and history, while preparing students for proficiency in the Ojibwe language.
  • Ideal for proactive students who want to work with indigenous people in the education field; blood quantum or tribal requirements are not needed for entry into the program.
  • Offers students understanding of effective teaching strategies and curriculum materials to meet the educational needs of American Indian learners.
  • Students within this program are expected to actively participate in the Indigenous Student Alliance and attend cultural learning events.
  • Students also take part in an Ojibwe Language Immersion Experience.
  • This baccalaureate program can be taken in conjunction with the Elementary, Middle/Secondary Education Program, the Social Work Program, or as a stand-alone major for those who wish to pursue graduate studies.
  • This major is primarily designed for students in the Native Teacher Program, but is available to other students as well.

Program Requirements

Major: 36 credits

Careers

Most students who major in this program take the educational track. Graduates have gone on to obtain jobs within the Duluth and Cloquet Public School districts; at the Waadookodaading Immersion School, the Niigaane Immersion School and the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School

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  • "This program worked well in collaboration with the Education Program at the college. Instructors coordinated our field experiences so we were not only getting exposed to observations and participation in real classrooms, but we were also placed in reservation schools or Ojibwe language classrooms. There were multiple opportunities to experience cultural practices and grow individually as we became aware of how we fit into the American Indian community. We went to culture and language immersion camps, Ojibwe language tables, powwows, feasts, ceremonies, and had many conversations with community members, spiritual advisors, artists and musicians. All these experiences prepared me for the position I am in right now, as I work with families of varying cultural degrees and backgrounds and plan for cultural events and guests within our district."

    – Kyra Paitrick, ‘08
    American Indian Education Teacher
    Washington Elementary, Cloquet, MN