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American Indian Education

Prepare for culturally responsive teaching by learning to focus on and respond to the unique needs of American Indian students.

Why Study American Indian Education?

While pursuing an American Indian Education certificate from USD, you will learn how to address challenges facing American Indian students by integrating culturally responsive teaching with your instruction. Through engaging classes, you'll discover the roles that culture, education, sovereignty and history play in effective teaching and learning. Our expert faculty will guide you in using strengths-based approaches that build on Native American assets and resiliency, as well as identifying social and emotional supports for students. By obtaining certification, you'll diversify your capabilities as a teacher and deepen your impact on students.

Use your American Indian Education certificate to become a respectful, understanding leader to American Indian students.

Degrees & Offerings

American Indian Education Certificate

  Vermillion Main Campus

This 12-credit hour curriculum in prepares you with specialized knowledge of the American Indian population.

Program Details






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Curriculum & Instruction

Preparing professional educators to be tomorrow’s leaders in teaching through developmental, integrative and reflective practices.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Division of Curriculum & Instruction. Our faculty are nationally recognized for their research and have a national network of connections to help students progress in their careers.
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Gary Cheeseman

Associate Professor
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Susan Gapp

Associate Professor
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Lisa Hazlett

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Monica Iverson

Senior Lecturer
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Marilyn Jensen

Adjunct Instructor
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Kevin Reins

Associate Professor

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