About

Native American Teacher Preparation Pathway

Become a teacher in your Indigenous Nation and community in New Mexico

  • Be a life-long learner
  • Give back to your community
  • Share your passion for knowledge
  • Explore your creativity
  • Inspire generations
  • Empower Indigenous youth

The Institute for American Indian Education (IAIE) at the University of New Mexico is building a community of aspiring Native American elementary, middle, and high school educators who will serve Indigenous Nations and communities across the state of New Mexico.

Apply to the Native American Teacher Preparation Pathway 

 

Native American Teacher Preparation Pathway at UNM will

provide you with:

  • Advisement
  • Tuition and fees
  • Mentorship by IAIE faculty
  • Support to prepare for PRAXIS
  • Professional development to sustain Indigenous sovereignty, etc.
  • Serve as a liaison between UNM and school districts
  • Advocate for Indigenous teacher candidates during field experience and after
  • Support to complete a MA in LLSS with a concentration in American Indian Education

Seeking

  • Indigenous undergraduate students in their final two semesters of an educator preparation program in AY 22-23
  • Indigenous college graduates who meet all requirements to enter an elementary or secondary educator preparation program in AY 22-23
  • Indigenous college graduates who need AY 22-23 to meet the requirements to enter an elementary or secondary educator preparation program at UNM in AY 23-24.

 

 

 Funding is available for up to 10 students for AY 22-23

 Scholarship Requirements

 

  • In-state tuition and fees
    • Full-time undergraduate seniors
    • Full tuition and fees for full-time graduate students
  • PRAXIS Preparation and Test Fees
  • Licensure Fees for NM Elementary or Secondary Certification
  • Mentorship
    • IAIE Faculty
    • School Site (for student teachers)
  • National Indian Education Association Conference for Graduate Students
    • Lodging, travel and registration
  • In-State Education Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    • One night lodging and registration
  • Letter of intent
  • Complete NATPP application and provide all requested documents (official transcript, tribal enrollment documentation, 2 letters of recommendation)
  • Minimum GPA:
    • Undergraduate students: 3.2
    • Graduate students: 3.0
  • Full-time enrollment
    • Undergraduate students: 12 credits per semester (fall and spring)
    • Graduate students: 9 credits per semester (fall and spring)
  • Commitment to acquiring NM teaching certificate: Elementary or Secondary
  • Commitment to teach in a rural schools that serve Indigenous K-12 students

 

For more information contact:

NATPP Administrative Assistant
Karina Todechine
kdtodechine11@unm.edu 

Professor
Glenabah Martinez
glenie@unm.ed 

CONTACT IAIE

Address:
Institute for American Indian Education
MSC05 3041
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Email:
IAIE@unm.edu 

Phone:
(505) 277-2733

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