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Minnesota 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 Program (MITTP)!


In 1992, the Minnesota Legislature designated Augsburg University the fourth Minnesota Indian Teacher Training Program (MITTP) in the state. MITTP works collaboratively with Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools and supports American Indian students working toward degrees in education. The program is designed to increase the number of licensed American Indian teachers serving Minnesota Public and Tribal School Systems.

Research in 1991 showed that the Minneapolis public school system employed only 16 identified American Indian teachers out of 2,700 Рabout 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be American Indian and have tribal enrollment or be able to prove first or second generation descendant status
  • Admitted to as an Augsburg¬†University Undergraduate Day student, an Adult Undergraduate student, or Graduate student.
  • Must be pursing Elementary Education, Special Education, Music Education, Physical Education, or Secondary Education major as an undergraduate or a Master’s in Education or Teaching as a Graduate student.
  • Must have a GPA of 2.0
  • Must complete the FAFSA
  • Must have financial needs that remain unmet after applying for federal and state financial aid and American Indian scholarships (i.e. Minnesota Indian Scholarship, tribal scholarships)

How to Apply

The application for the 2024-2025 school year is now open. The priority deadline to apply for funding for the 2024-2025 academic year is July 12, 2024. We will still review applications on a rolling basis after that date. However it is first come first served so we cannot guarantee funding after the priority deadline.

  • Complete all required Augsburg financial aid applications, as well as the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program and tribal scholarships.
  • Complete the Minnesota Indian Teacher Training application
  • If applicable, meet with the education department advisor. Complete the necessary application to be admitted to the department. Initiate an education plan with the academic advisor.

EXPECATIONs once accepted

  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA and meet all the requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
  • Once you are confirmed to receive MITTP funding, you will check in with the American Indian Student Services Program Manager once a semester to ensure program requirements are maintained
  • Attend any MITTP student meetings or gatherings as scheduled by the American Indian Student Services Program Manager

If you have any questions, please contact the American Indian Student Services program at or at 612-330-1144.