The Education Associates of Arts program provides students with the requisite skills for obtaining employment as a paraprofessional or continuing on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an education-related field. The program provides a strong education foundation and addresses the need for more highly qualified, American Indian teachers in the local school systems.

Student Outcomes

  • Analyze the foundations of education and American Indian education systems within their historical, philosophical, cultural, pedagogical, and social contexts and apply that knowledge to current research within the field of education.
  • Understand central concepts and foundational structures of mathematics, reading and literature, language arts, science, American Indian studies, and history content areas.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge through an organized portfolio.
  • Evaluate the effect of choices and actions on children and seek out opportunities for professional growth.

Career Opportunities

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Recommended Electives

  • HTH 201 Health Issues for Educators (3cr)
  • GEOG 110 Geography (3cr)
  • MUS 101 Music Appreciation
  • ART 102 Fund of Art for Elem Teachers (3cr)
  • CIS 250 Computers in Education (3cr)
  • AIS 140/141/Nakoda/Aaniiih History/Culture


Education: Fall Semester (First Year)

GS 110Finding Place1
AIS 150/155Nakoda/Aaniiih Lang I3
BIOB 160/L160Prin of Living Sys/Lab 3/1
PSYX 100Intro to Psychology3
WRIT 101 College Writing I3
AIS 100Introduction to AIS3
Semester Total17

Education: Spring Semester (First Year)

Communication ElectiveCOMX 115 Interpersonal Comm. or COMX 111 Public Speaking3
WRIT 201College Writing II3
M 121College Algebra4
POL 134American Government3
ScienceScience Elective3/4
Semester Total16/17

Education: Fall Semester (Second Year)

EDU 201Intro to Education w/Lab4
AIS 215American Indian Ed3
AIS 225American Indian Lit3
M 130 Math for Elem Teachers3
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology3
Semester Total16

Education: Spring Semester (Second Year)

EPYC 250Exceptional Children3
LIT 282Children’s Literature3
M 131Math for Elem Teacher II3
HIST 180American History3
EDU 225Educational Psychology3
Semester Total15
Degree Total64/65
NOTE: If placement test scores indicate refresher classes are needed, the student’s program will require more than two years to complete. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors.