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Course Descriptions|Teachers of American Indian Children Graduate Certificate

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Teachers of American Indian Children
Angela Jaime
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3374
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-3991
Email: jaimea@uwyo.edu

Required Course Descriptions

EDCI 5450 - Issues in Multicultural Education

Also fulfills core course requirement for M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction (3 semester hours)

Provides teachers and other interested students with a better understanding of current issues and social foundations of multicultural America. Enables more accurate educational decisions related to utilizing the strengths and diversity of each cultural group.

 

EDCI/AIST 5110 - Educational Foundations of American Indian Education*

(3 semester hours)

This is one of five courses comprising the University of Wyoming Graduate Certificate Program for Teachers of American Indian Children. Our studies this semester will examine cultural, geographical, linguistic, spiritual, political, and societal factors before, during, and after colonization of the Americas. We will become familiar with the definitions and day-to-day realities of terms like ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, assimilation, acculturation, and institutional racism. From these understandings, we will develop insights into positive teacher-pupil-community relationships that honor culture and language differences and enhance achievement.


EDCI/AIST 5121 - History and Philosophy of American Indian Education*

(3 semester hours)

This is the second course of the University of Wyoming Graduate Certificate Program for Teachers of American Indian Children. Our studies this semester will address the history of indigenous education focusing on Indian education in the U.S. and Canada. We will examine the missionary influences, government programs, and tribal initiatives. We will read and review documentary accounts of Native education, review autobiographical accounts of Native teachers and children as we develop appreciation of the complexity and difficulties of Native education. From these understandings, we will develop insight necessary for development of appropriate teaching methods and materials.


EDCI/AIST 5130 - Cultural Foundations of American Indian Education*

(3 semester hours)

This is the third course of the University of Wyoming Graduate Certificate Program for Teachers of American Indian Children. Our studies this semester will address the influence of sociological and psychological factors on learning and teaching. We will examine the socio-cultural conditions, institutions, processes, and ideals the form the basis of educational practices in Native American cultures. From these understandings, we will develop insights into the conflicts and problems faced by many Native American students and their families.

We will also examine the psychological foundations of American Indian education. This knowledge will provide us with insights about more effective teaching program and practices. This course provides students with an in-depth study and analysis of the educational experiences of American Indians, focusing on contemporary educational issues and experiences. It examines the impacts of cultural orientation, stereotype, bias and other issues on the educational experiences and programs in meeting the needs of American Indians. Students will explore and critique a variety of successful instructional practices and programs developed to address the needs of American Indian students.

 

EDCI/AIST 5141 - Instructional Methods in American Indian Education*

(3 semester hours)

This is one of five courses that comprise the University of Wyoming Graduate Certificate Program for Teachers of American Indian Children. Our studies this semester will address culturally appropriate and culture-based methodologies for teaching American Indian students. We will study two 20th century congressional reports and their recommendations that the United States invest in special preparation and support of teachers to serve American Indian children. We will review documentary and autobiographical accounts of teachers, children, and adults as we develop appreciation of the complexity and difficulties of Native education. Our studies will also consider existing state and local standards for American Indian education. From these foundations, we will acquire insight necessary for curriculum development and application of appropriate teaching methods and materials specific to the subjects we teach.


*Cross-listed with American Indian Studies (AIST) Department and can be counted toward a graduate minor in American Indian Studies. 


Course Program Fulfillments

The required TAIC certificate program courses can be used toward the completion of 4 separate items:

  • The graduate certificate in Teachers of American Indian Children.  Completed by application to the program and successful completion of all 5 courses listed above.
  • A Wyoming State Endorsement added to an existing Wyoming teaching license. (Courses may also fill requirements for other state endorsements.  Please check with your state's teaching board).
  • A graduate minor in American Indian Studies. EDCI 5110, 5121, 5130, 5141 all count toward this graduate minor.  Additional courses are required.  Please check with the American Indian Studies Department.
  • The emphasis component of a Master's of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wyoming.  Only 12 credits taken before admission to the program can be used.  If you plan to earn your TAIC certificate in conjunction with your master's, you must be admitted to the master's before completing more than 12 credits as a certificate student.  If you've already been admitted to the master's program, you can add the TAIC certificate.  More details on applying to the TAIC program in conjunction with the master's degree are found on the application process section.

You can use these courses to earn all and any of the options listed above.

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