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Applications now being accepted for 2019- 2020 Sapsik’ʷałá cohort


The Sapsik’ʷałá Teacher Education Program and the UOTeach Program (Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Teaching) are looking for American Indian/Alaska students who have a desire and passion to become an elementary or middle/high school teacher. It is time to apply to join us for the 2019-2020 academic year! Applications are due January 15.

The Sapsik’ʷałá Teacher Education Program offers full financial assistance to eligible American Indian/Alaska Native students. (Eligible applicants must be tribally enrolled, or have an enrolled parent or grandparent). The program is 12-months long, fully funded (tuition, fees, books, supplies, living stipend; total support package is approximately $50,000 per student), and requires you to live in Eugene, Oregon while you complete the program. Participants complete service payback of their training expenses by teaching in eligible schools for an amount of time equivalent to their training.

Prospective students need to have completed their undergraduate education, and apply through the admissions process of UOTeach. They will earn their Master’s in Education: Curriculum and Teaching degree, as well as teacher licensure. To apply and review the admission requirements for UOTeach go to: by 1/15/2019

To learn more about our Sapsik’ʷałá Program go to:

Please contact us for guidance through the application process

We are entering our 19th year of training highly qualified American Indian/Alaska Native teachers and we are proud of our 100% graduation rate! Our 84 alumni, all of whom have earned a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon’s College of Education, represent 41 Tribes.

This is funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education and it requires a payback obligation. Your education is thus “FREE” if you follow all of the guidelines for payback.

The work payback requires students, upon graduation, to teach in a district with a high proportion of AIAN students, and “high proportion” is recommended to be 50%+ AIAN population.

We prefer to admit students who are interested in student teaching placements at districts or buildings with a high proportion of AIAN students.

We have received requests about working towards an American Indian Languages Teaching License. We support students who seek to gain this license; however, per state regulations, only Tribes can recommend a candidate for this license, universities cannot. Thus, if this option is of interest to you must apply for one of our other licensure areas that will compliment your work as an Indigenous language teacher (e.g. Social Studies; English Language Arts; Science; Math) and work with your Tribe to develop the plan for your Tribe to recommend you for the Native American Languages Teaching Licensure. The University of Oregon has a renowned language program in Ichishkiin/Sahaptin that may serve as a resource in this pathway—there are Ichishkiin teachers and learners here who can serve as a community for you while you work with your Tribe on the Tribe’s language license requirements and during your time seeking licensure in another area with us as part of our UOTeach Program. 

The program is guided by Indigenous cultural values and is directed by American Indian faculty and staff, and reports to a Tribal Advisory Council with representatives from the Nine Tribes of Oregon. The University of Oregon has a vibrant American Indian community, with student organizations including the Native American Student Union (organizers of the popular UO Mother’s Day Pow Wow); the Many Nations Longhouse on campus, community dinners; a brand new Academic Residence Hall that has a Native American Studies floor; a Native American Studies Program led by Native American faculty; the Northwest Indian Language Institute, and the opportunity to engage with Tribal elders and language teachers and learners, including the Ichishkíin/Sahaptin language class; and a dedicated meeting and study room for Sapsik’ʷałá students and alumni at the College of Education.

Please contact us -- we look forward to hearing from you and supporting your dream of becoming a teacher whose knowledge and skills are much needed in the educational experiences of American Indian/Alaska Native youth!

Michelle Jacob, Ph.D. (Yakama Nation)

Program Director

Leilani Sabzalian, Ph.D. (Alutiiq)


Email address:

Phone: 541-346-2454