Apply to the Sapsik'ʷałá Teacher Education Program

Application to the program is automatic when you self-identify as Native American on your UOTeach Curriculum and Teaching, or Special Education application. 

Prospective students seeking UOTeach MEd & Teaching Licensure:

  • Review UOTeach and Sapsik’ʷałá websites
  • If local to the area, attend a UOTeach info session (monthly, first Wed., 4:00-5 p.m., Lokey 119)
  • Contact Sapsik’ʷałá Program Coordinator ( to discuss program requirements
  • Request application partial discount letter from Sapsik’ʷałá Program Coordinator (
  • Complete UOTeach/Sapsik’ʷałá application through the UO Graduate School online portal
  • The application includes:
    • Personal statement of purpose reflecting on Indigenous education goals
    • Provide contact information for three professional references (preferably two by Tribal people in the field of Indigenous education)
    • List demonstrated experience working with youth
    • Complete 506 Indian Student eligibility Certification form
    • Provide copy of Tribal ID or CIB documentation
    • Resume, transcripts,and academic preparation forms
    • Evidence of a passing subject ORELA area test (scoring 220+)

Licensed teachers seeking a Master in Curriculum & Teacher Education (CTED) degree:

  • Sapsik’ʷałá funding is limited to applicants seeking to add a secondary endorsement in high need areas including Math, Sciences, and ESOL. Applicants must demonstrate academic background knowledge.
  • Request application partial discount letter from Sapsik’ʷałá Program Coordinator (
  • Complete UOTeach/ Sapsik’ʷałá application (follow steps listed above including a passing ORELA test in the subject area).
  • Begin the process of transferred your teaching license to Oregon.
    • What state is your license in? Learn about your state’s transfer process and requirements.
    • Complete process of transferring your license to Oregon before starting master’s program. This includes a letter of recommendation from your school administrator.

What is needed for prospective students seeking Special Education MEd:

  • Sapsik’ʷałá participants may pursue a Special Education master’s degree if they are entering the program with an Oregon teaching license.
  • Contact Sapsik’ʷałá Program Coordinator ( to discuss program requirements.
  • Request application partial discount letter from Sapsik’ʷałá Program Coordinator (
  • Complete the SPED program application and Sapsik’ʷałá application, please contact Special Education Program Coordinator, Elisa Jamgochian for program details at, (541) 346-5185.
  • Applications open in October 2019.

**The Sapsik’ʷałá program is recognized as a service-based organization and participants receive a partial application waiver. All UO Sapsik’ʷałá program applicants, who request an application fee waiver, will receive $40 off of the $70 application

**There are placement options at high population American Indian/Alaskan Native schools, such as, Chemawa Indian School, the Siletz Valley Schools, and in the Willamina School District.


All Sapsik’ʷałá applicants are encouraged to apply for College of Education scholarships, the Diversity Excellence Scholarship, and the General University Scholarship. To learn more about additional funding assistance to accompany Sapsik’ʷałá funds for your MEd click here.


Sapsik’ʷałá applicants are encouraged to begin housing applications as soon as they are admitted to the program. University Housing provides University Apartments and Family Housing which offers a wonderful environment suited for students with children, students who are married or in a domestic partnership, and students who are at least twenty years old.

Contact Information

Stephanie Tabibian, (Shoshone-Paiute) 
Sapsik'ʷałá Program Coordinator

Michelle M. Jacob, PhD (Yakama)
Director, Sapsik'ʷałá Program

Leilani Sabzalian Ph.D. (Alutiiq) 
Indigenous Studies in Education, Co-Director