Lakota Language Teaching and Learning Program
The Lakota Language Teaching and Learning Program (LLTL) materials and methods are sensitive to the culture, language, and traditions of Native Americans while also consistent with second language research and methods used to train language teachers around the world.
Become a Lakota Language Teacher
- Participate in the 3-week Lakota Summer Institute in July, 2019 at UND; study with current Lakota teachers and adult Lakota learners from North and South Dakota.
- Take three semesters of coursework at UND and complete one semester of student teaching in a tribal or public school in Lakota Country to earn your Bachelor’s of Education degree.
- After graduation, obtain your teacher licensure and be hired as a Lakota language teacher at a tribal or public school serving Lakota students and receive two years of mentoring and support as a new language teacher.
Costs That Are Covered
- Stipend ($1,800/month)
- Dependent care ($200/month)
- Assistance with Financial Aid including obtaining scholarships, tuition waivers and student loans.
- Free Tutoring for Praxis exams & coursework. Mentoring for two years in your new teacher position.
There are not enough certified Lakota language teachers to fill open positions in North and South Dakota schools.
Are You Eligible?
LLTL is open to Native Americans who have completed two years of college at an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.75 or better. Speaking the Lakota language is not required.
- Students must complete the Bachelor’s degree program or repay the stipend.
- LLTL graduates must commit to three years of teaching Lakota language in tribal or public schools.
- Job placement assistance will be provided.
- Contact Gavin Nadeau, Program Coordinator for more details.
- Complete the UND and LLTL application
Start Date: July 1, 2019
Deadline by: March 1, 2019