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Native American Teacher Preparation Pathway

Become a teacher in your Indigenous Nation and community in New Mexico

  • Be a life-long learner
  • Give back to your community
  • Share your passion for knowledge
  • Explore your creativity
  • Inspire generations
  • Empower Indigenous youth

The Institute for American Indian Education (IAIE) at the University of New Mexico is building a community of aspiring Native American elementary, middle, and high school educators who will serve Indigenous Nations and communities across the state of New Mexico.

Apply to the Native American Teacher Preparation Pathway

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Seeking

  • Indigenous undergraduate students in their final two semesters of an educator preparation program in AY 22-23
  • Indigenous college graduates who meet all requirements to enter an elementary or secondary educator preparation program in AY 22-23
  • Indigenous college graduates who need AY 22-23 to meet the requirements to enter an elementary or secondary educator preparation program at UNM in AY 23-24.

Native American Teacher Preparation Pathway at UNM will provide you with:

  • Advisement
  • Tuition and fees
  • Mentorship by IAIE faculty
  • Support to prepare for PRAXIS
  • Professional development to sustain Indigenous sovereignty, etc.
  • Serve as a liaison between UNM and school districts
  • Advocate for Indigenous teacher candidates during field experience and after
  • Support to complete a MA in LLSS with a concentration in American Indian Education

Funding is available for up to 10 students for AY 22-23

  • In-state tuition and fees
    • Full-time undergraduate seniors
    • Full tuition and fees for full-time graduate students
  • PRAXIS Preparation and Test Fees
  • Licensure Fees for NM Elementary or Secondary Certification
  • Mentorship
    • IAIE Faculty
    • School Site (for student teachers)
  • National Indian Education Association Conference for Graduate Students
    • Lodging, travel and registration
  • In-State Education Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    • One night lodging and registration

Scholarship Requirements

  • Letter of intent
  • Complete NATPP application and provide all requested documents (official transcript, tribal enrollment documentation, 2 letters of recommendation)
  • Minimum GPA:
    • Undergraduate students: 3.2
    • Graduate students: 3.0
  • Full-time enrollment
    • Undergraduate students: 12 credits per semester (fall and spring)
    • Graduate students: 9 credits per semester (fall and spring)
  • Commitment to acquiring NM teaching certificate: Elementary or Secondary
  • Commitment to teach in a rural schools that serve Indigenous K-12 students

IAIE Mission Statement

The mission of the Institute for American Indian Education (IAIE) at the University of New Mexico is to support community intergenerational well-being and educational outcomes of Indigenous Peoples by cultivating professionals through community engagement and collaborative partnerships

For more information: Contact Professor Glenabah Martinez at glenie@unm.edu


Funding SourcePotential $$DetailsContact

Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship (TPA)

Up to $3,000 per semester

Based on Financial Need

Funding only for “unmet financial need” as determined by FAFSA application

UNM Financial Aid*

Grow Your Own Teachers Scholarship (GYOT)

Up to $3,000 per semester

Based on Financial Need

Must have been an Educational Assistant in New Mexico for a minimum of 2 years

UNM Financial Aid*

TEACH Grant

Up to $4,000 per year

Must agree to teach in a high-need subject area in a high-need school for a minimum of 4 years

UNM Financial Aid*

New Mexico Legislative Lottery Scholarship

Tuition funding

For Undergraduates only for up to 7 semesters.

UNM Financial Aid*

Opportunity Scholarship

Tuition and fees

For Undergraduates only

UNM Financial Aid*

Nusenda Scholarship

Funding varies

Must have been an Educational Assistant in New Mexico for a minimum of 2 years

APS Education Foundation: Nusenda Credit Union Scholarship

New Mexico Workforce Connection

Tuition, fees, testing fees, books, etc.

For Graduate Licensure students in Elementary & Secondary Education only. Must be financially eligible.

Call Workforce Connection at 505-843-1907 to meet with a case

District Partner Teacher Residency (DPTR)

$35,000 stipend for 1 full year of clinical preparation.

Must apply and be accepted to a District Partner Teacher Residency

Visit the COEHS DPTR Website

Paid Student Teaching

More information to come soon.

Must complete a full semester of clinical preparation.

Visit the COEHS DPTR Website


Professional Licensure Disclosure

Our program has determined it meets professional licensure requirements in the state of New Mexico. It has not determined it meets professional licensure requirements in any other state.