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Center for Diné Teacher Education

Changing Navajo Education One Classroom at a Time

Fall 2016 Admission
Deadline: April 15, 2015
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Bá'óltá'í adoodleelgo bína'niltin bilhaz'ánígíí Sa'ah Naagháí Bík'eh Hózhóónk'ehgo óhoo'aah bohónéedzáaníí, anootííl baa hózhóoníí, dóó índa Dinék'ehgo iinánígííyee neinitingo yeehaididoolííl.

The mission of the BAEE program is to prepare teacher candidates for responsible learning, teaching, and living according to the Diné way of life Sa'ah Naagháí Bik'eh Hózhóón.

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Diné Bizaad Immersion Weekend Camp
Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 • Lukachukai Mountain, AZ
Deadline: we must receive your complete registration documents along with $30 fee by 5:00 PM Tuesday August 5, 2014 for you to participate
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New Endorsement Offerings - The CDTE has developed two new endorsement programs that are aligned to requirements of the Arizona Department of Education. The courses promote culturally appropriate teaching and learning strategies for Navajo learners. They are designed for teachers, taught by teachers, with real-world applications in Navajo Nation schools. All courses will be offered at Tsaile Campus, starting in summer, 2014.

You may register up until the first day of class. You will need to do so as a non-degree seeking student. You must fill out all the information on the College admissions application. You will also need to provide an official transcript of the last college or university attended.

Why choose Diné College?

  • You take classes close to home. We also have student housing.
  • Tuition is affordable. Financial Aid is also available from Pell Grants and The Navajo Nation.
  • The program is based on Sa'ah Naagháí Bik'eh Hózhoon. It includes Navajo Teaching, Culture, History, and Philosophy, and prepares you to teach these to children.
  • Graduates are eligible for licensure. You are qualified for provisional teaching license and an SEI endorsement in Arizona or an initial license in New Mexico, and to teach in K-8 classrooms on The Navajo Nation.
  • As a licensed professional, you will be highly sought out by schools and districts across The Navajo Nation.
  • You can go full-time or part-time. Classes take place in the evenings and on weekends. You can keep your present job.
  • Very marketable. As a licensed professional, you will be highly sought out by schools and districts across the Navajo Nation.
  • Ninety-five percent of our licensed graduates teach in Navajo Schools. They make good money. Many have continued their education to earn master's and doctoral degrees.


The CDTE offers two degrees:


Description with interviews about the Navajo Immersion program at Tséhootsooi Elementary School in Fort Defiance, Arizona, along with its connections to the CDTE.



Chair and Contact

Contact Information

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

PO Box 407
Tsaile, AZ 86556




Daniel McLaughlin
Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Glo Edison, Administrative Assistant