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American Indian Teacher Training Program

The United States is in need of American Indian Teachers.

We, as Indian educators, must reach out to help our youth meet their personal and professional potential. When Indian students have positive role models in the classroom, they perform at a much higher level. This raises their self-esteem, providing a base for leadership roles and healthy work ethics.

Join us at Augsburg University in the Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Partnership (MNITTP). We have many success stories and invite you to our campus for a visit to meet the participants in the program.


In 1992, the Minnesota Legislature designated Augsburg University the fourth Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Partnership (MNITTP) in the state. We “partner” with the Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools which means that Augsburg educates and trains students to be teachers, the students do their student teaching in either Minneapolis or St. Paul Public Schools and one of the districts hires the students on completion of their licensure program.

Research in 1991 showed that the Minneapolis public school system employed only 16 identified American Indian teachers out of 2,700 – about 125 short of parity. Augsburg University, with its leadership and demonstrated commitment to the American Indian community, sought to address this situation with the development and implementation of the training program.

Financial Aid

This program provides a special grant and forgivable loan for elementary and secondary education majors. The loan portion of the financial aid package is forgiven based on the number of years students teach after they complete Augsburg’s academic requirements and become licensed in the state of Minnesota. Since these special dollars often supplement the general financial aid package, it is important to apply early – January is the best time to send in your application.

Admission to the Program

  • Apply for admission to the Augsburg University Undergraduate Day Program or the Adult Undergraduate Program.
  • New students who are transfers or who already have a bachelor’s degree will be considered.
  • Continuing Augsburg students who are juniors and have declared their majors will be considered.
  • You must have a GPA of 2.0.
  • You must meet the same eligibility requirements of the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program.
  • You must have completed all of the financial aid applications required for the University, BIA, Tribe, and the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program or at least be in the process of doing so.

How to Apply

You must apply early to include the aid as a part of your general financial aid package. The best time to apply is in January.

  • Apply for admission to the Augsburg University Day program or the weekend program. Admission to one of the above programs is based on the regular admission requirements.
  • Complete all required Augsburg financial aid applications, including the BIA, Tribal, and the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program.
  • Complete the Minnesota Indian Teacher Training application and meet with the project director to review the responsibilities, obligations, and educational plans; and then sign a promissory note for the forgivable loan.
  • Meet with the education department advisor. Complete the necessary application to be admitted to the department. Initiate an education plan with the academic advisor.

Augsburg University and the Education department require an overall GPA of 2.5. A GPA of 2.5 in the major and grades of “P” in student teaching courses required for licensure, as well as minimum grades of 2.0 in each education course. Students receiving a 1.5 or lower in an education course must retake it.