native education certificate program land and community based teaching and learning

UW College of Education and UW Professional & Continuing Education are offering the third Native Education Certificate Program for educators and professionals working with Native communities and Tribal Nations. Hybrid courses begin August 2022 with our fourth cohort for 2022-2024. The program sessions are designed to cultivate the educator and professional's ability to create and engage in meaningful and effective relationships with Native American students, families, and communities through a perspective of community-based views. Educators and professionals will develop the expertise of engaging Native students, families, and communities in instruction to ensure Native students thrive and succeed making school and future careers relevant to the pressing needs of Native communities.

This innovative cohort model enables peers to collaborate in scholarship and engage knowledge and skills with Native leaders and educators, creating strong alliances within learning communities. Cultural partnerships will inspire the community-based educator with relevant tools to share with colleagues, communities, and students.


    • Collaborate with peers and tribal leaders to engage work in a given profession.
    • Foster identity development for Native learners in schools.
    • Cultivate communities of practice that work towards educational transformation for all Native learners and communities.
    • Prepare participants to create and implement learning and work environments that respect and engage with Native students, peoples, family's culture, traditions and experiences by establishing community-based views.
    • Develop an educator’s ability to utilize culturally responsive pedagogies and effectively educate Native American students in ways that students thrive.


  • Participants will develop projects that are relevant to their profession and add capacity to the school and community where they work or are affiliated.
  • Students will be supported by Native advisors to plan and guide their projects. 
  • Completed projects will become shared through the Indigenous Education Tools website.

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