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Center for Diné Teacher Education

B.A. in Elementary Education



Bá’ólta’í adoodleelgi bína’niltin bil haz’ánídóó binahji’ oonishígíí éí Sá’ah Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón bindii’a’ áyósin. Nitsáhákees, Nahat’á, Iiná, dóó Sihasin bee nizhónigo bidziilgo k’é bii’ siláago yinahji’ annotjjl. Ba’ólta’í silí’gíí éí ólta’í índa hada’iiltáhígíí dóó tseebíiji’ dayólta’gíí bits’áádóó óhool’aah dooleel.

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program prepares prospective teachers to develop the necessary values, knowledge, skills, and confidence to promote children’s academic skills and confident cultural identities in English and Navajo.

The BAEE program is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The CDTE is presently building capacity to undergo state approval by the Arizona Department of Education. To earn a provisional K-8 teaching license, candidates present official transcripts of coursework taken in the program, which, along with other licensure requirements, are reviewed by the ADE on a course-by-course and case-by-case basis. See the ADE’s website for complete certification details.

You can download our program flier here.

Application Process

The program is offered on a full- or a part-time basis. Individuals may apply anytime of the year. You can download the application here. Admissions criteria include:

  • 53 credits that include EDU 200, 238, 240, 261, and 297; MTH 280 and 281; three lab sciences; NAV 101 or 211; and ENG 101 and 102; and 12 other general education credits.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Scores from NES elementary subject knowledge subtests I and II.
  • Current Navajo Nation background check.
  • Current Fingerprint Clearance Card from the state of Arizona.
  • Application with essay (completed at the Learning Center).
  • Unofficial transcripts.
  • Interview with a BAEE admissions committee.

Submit initial application:

  • Completed application.
  • Unofficial transcripts (or copies) of all college coursework.
  • Copies of Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card and Navajo Nation Tribal Background check.

Next steps:

  • Essay (completed at Learning Center).
  • Copy of score on NES elementary education subject knowledge exams. (Subtest part I & II)

Upon acceptance into the program:

  • Submit a completed application and required materials for admission to Diné College (if not currently enrolled). For assistance in completing this item, please contact Admissions at 928.724.6630.
  • Submit completed applications for Financial Aid (FAFSA, tribal, etc). For assistance, contact Financial Aid at 928.724.6738.
  • Submit a completed application for housing (if planning to live on-campus). For assistance in completing this item, contact Residence Life at 928.724.6782

Applications from individuals who hold an A.A. in Elementary Education from another institution or Diné College prior to fall 2009, or an A.A. in a different academic specialization, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. These individuals may need to take additional lower-division coursework.



Chair and Contact

Contact Information

Center for Diné Teacher Education
6th Floor, Ned Hatathli Center (NHC)
Tsaile Campus

PO Box C-15
Tsaile, AZ 86556



Geraldine Garrity, Ed. D.
Fielding Graduate University
(928) 724-6814