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Applications now open for Native Americans who want to become teachers

Sapsik’wałá, a program of the University of Oregon's College of Education, has opened up applications for 2017. The program provides an opportunity for qualified American Indians and Alaska Natives to pursue a teaching certificate through access to a wide range of financial and academic support.

Sapsik’wałá (“teacher” in the Sahaptin language), is the longest and most established Native teacher preparation program in the Northwest. More than 70 successful graduates have pursued their dream of becoming amazing teachers who make a positive difference in the lives of Native students, their families and communities. The program currently is recruiting prospective applicants for UO Teach, with an applicaton deadline of January 9, 2017.  The UO Teach program begins summer quarter 2017. 

Accepted students work toward a teacher licensure and Master of Education degree. They are eligible for significant funding that covers tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, computer and books, and participate in a cohort model of community support and important induction services during the critical early years of their teaching career. Complete program details and an online application are available at

The project is funded through a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education.