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Indigenous Languages

Non Direct Program
This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.

The Certificate in Indigenous Languages is a two-year program consisting of ten courses (30 credit units) leading to a full immersion in an Indigenous language, as well as a strong understanding of Indigenous teaching methodologies. The program is offered by the College of Education

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Admission requirements

Applicants to the program must be either:

  • a current student enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program, or
  • a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and/or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Native Studies/Indigenous Studies degree program(s)

Admission is based on special case admission review.

How to apply

  • If you are a current or returning student you may begin an application in the Admissions channel in PAWS.
  • If you are new to the University of Saskatchewan, you will need to create a temporary login ID and PIN to begin an online application. When completing the application choose _ Indigenous Languages Cert. from the Application Type dropdown menu. 

For more information email ILC@usask.ca or phone 306-966-6694.

What is the Indigenous Language Certificate?

The Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and Department of Curriculum Studies have partnered to offer the Indigenous Language Certificate (ILC).

The course content has been developed based on the ITEP mandate and the Ministry of Education definition of Aboriginal Languages as defined in the provincial curriculum. Designing a curriculum that addresses approved standards requires an array of courses to fully prepare the teacher of Indigenous Languages to meet general as well as locally derived goals and outcomes. 

Course Requirements

30 credit units, with content specialization in Indigenous Second Language Acquisition Learning and Teaching

Required Courses (30 credit units):

  • ECUR 425.3 Methods 1 Second Language Methodologies
  • ECUR 426.3 Second Language Methodologies 2
  • ECUR 427.3 Introduction to Total Physical Response and Drama for Language Learning
  • ECUR 428.3 Introduction to Master Apprentice Program
  • ECUR 429.3 Root Word Method of nêhiyawêwin
  • ECUR 430.3 Traditional and Contemporary Music, Song and Dance
  • ECUR 431.3 Digital Technologies for Indigenous Language Learning
  • ECUR 432.3 ᒐᐦᑭᐯᐦᐃᑲᓇ Syllabics, Literacy and Numeracy
  • ECUR 433.3 Identity and Higher Learning (nêhiyawêwin)
  • ECUR 434.3 Immersion Language Camp (nêhiyawêwin)

The scheduling of the courses will be based on the need for total immersion, followed by a period of reflection. Most courses are taught in the summer months, however courses in the fall and winter will be necessary, as storytelling is culturally favoured during these seasons.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this program, along with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and/or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Native Studies/Indigenous Studies, prepares candidates to teach Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan settings.

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