B.A. Elementary Education

Changing Navajo Education One Classroom at a Time


Bá’ólta’í adoodleełgi bína’niltin bił hazánídóó éí bá’ólta’í áyoolííł, Diné bizaad dóó Diné bi’ó’ool’įįł yee yinootį́į́ł. Bá’ólta’í bohónéedzáanii dadooleeł. Na’nitin yíhooł’ą́’ígíí t’áá ałtso da’ołta’í yee neidínóotįįł. Óhoo’aah bił nahaz’ą́ą́góó ólta’í Sá’ąh Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón bik’ehgo Diné bizaad dóó bi’ó’ool’įįł dóó Bilagáana bizaad dóó bi’ó’ool’įįł yee hadiléé dooleeł.

The School of Diné Studies and Education is preparing future teachers continuously. Teaching includes Diné languages and Cultures. Enabling them to become respectful, effective teachers. The teachers will use Navajo teachings with all students. Their lessons will be based on Sá’ąh Naagháí Bik’eh Hózhóón. They will develop their students according to Navajo teachings and traditions.

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (B.A.)

Fall/Spring Admission

About Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (BAEE)

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.

To assess student learning, each teacher candidate develops a working portfolio in semester’s I-III that reflects the candidate’s unique experiences, aims, and desires as measured against the goals and competencies of the semester’s courses and apprenticeship activities.

rom the working portfolio, candidates develop a presentation portfolio in semester IV that is presented to the college community.

The program is offered on a full-time basis at the Tsaile campus. Individuals may apply any time of year but are formally considered in spring. The application deadline is June 1. This allows for an admission decision prior to the Navajo Nation Scholarship deadline.
Admission criteria are as follows:

  • Completion of an A.A. in Elementary Education (based on the College’s 2009-2010 or more recent catalog) or Education (based on the 2012-13 catalog) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Passing score on the NES Elementary subject knowledge subtests I and II (this requirement is being phased in; recent applicants were required to at, a minimum, take the test)
  • Current Navajo Nation tribal background check;
  • Current Fingerprint Clearance Card from the state of Arizona
  • Application with essay (completed at the Center for Diné Teacher Education) and unofficial transcripts;
  • Personal interview with an BAEE admissions committee

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

BAEE Application Process

Step 1: Submit initial application:

  • Completed application
  • Essay (writing at the Learning Center).
  • Unofficial transcripts (or copies) of all college coursework.
  • Copy of score on NES elementary education subject knowledge exams.
  • Copies of Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card and Navajo Nation Tribal Background check.

Step 2: On-campus interviews will be scheduled for eligible candidates

Step 3: 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) 724-6634.
  • 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.

Professional Preparation Coursework

*Candidates may petition to graduate with an A.A. in Education upon completion of General Education Core and Lower Level Requirements (61-64).

** Admission to the Professional Preparation courses requires the following:

  • 53 credits that include: EDU 200, 238, 240, 261, and 297; MTH 280 and 281; three lab sciences; NAV 101 or 211; ENG 101 and 102; and 12 other General Education credits
  • CGPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Scores from NES Elementary Subject Knowledge Tests I and II
  • Current Navajo Nation and Arizona background checks
  • Official transcripts
  • Interview with BAEE admissions committee
General Education Core Credits
ENG 101: Freshman English I
ENG 102: Freshman English II
Humanities and Fine Arts
Students must choose two courses from:
Art History (ARH)
English (ENG) 212, 213, 231, 233, 234, 241, 297
Fine Arts (FA)
Humanities (HUM)
Theater (THR) 101, 102
Mathematics Student must take appropriate course based on major.
MTH 110: College Algebra
MTH 114: College Mathematics
MTH 106: Survey on College Mathematics
Social and Behavioral Science
Students must choose one History (HST) 101, 102, 135, 136 course and one other course from:
Anthropology (ANT)
Sociology (SOC)
Social Work (SWO)
Social Science (SSC)
Political Science (POS)
Economics (ECO)
Psychology (PSY)
Laboratory Science
Students must choose one Life Science and one
Physical Science course both with labs from:
Life Science: BIO
Physical Science: AGR, AST, CHM, ENV, GLG, PHY, PHS
Physical Education and Health Education
PEH 122
PEH 113-148
Health Education (HEE)
HEE 110, 111, 112
Navajo Studies
One Navajo Language Course Based on Placement Test (NAV 101, 102, 201, 202, or 211)
NIS 111: Foundations of Navajo Culture and
NIS 221: Navajo History to Present 9-10
Required Core Total Students transferring may need to take additional courses to meet core requirements. 40-43
Semester I Credits
EDU 345 Understanding Human Development in Schools 3
EDU 352 Methods for Teaching Diné Educational Philosophy in B – 12 Schools 3
EDU 353 Diversity in Navajo and American Indian Education 3
EDU 354 Emergent Literacy, Language Learning, and Assessment in Bilingual/ESL Settings 3
EDU 358 Field Experience I 2
Program Credits 14
EDU 360 Special Education in Indigenous Classrooms 3
EDU 361 Methods for Language Diverse Students I 3
EDU 362 Integrated Elementary Teaching Methods for Bilingual/ESL Classrooms I 3
EDU 374 Bilingual/ESL Reading Methods, Management, and Assessment 3
EDU 378 Field Experience II 2
Program Credits 14
EDU 474 Bilingual/ESL Writing Methods, Management, and Assessment 3
EDU 475 Methods for Language Diverse Students II 3
EDU 476 SEI/ESL for Linguistically Diverse Students II 3
EDU 477 Integrated Elementary Teaching Methods for Bilingual/ESL Classroom II 3
EDU 478 Field Experience III 2
Program Credits 14
EDU 496 School Law 2
EDU 498 Student Teaching 8
EDU 499 Dine Education Seminar 2
Program Credits 12
Content Emphasis Credits
NAV 102 or 212
NAV 201 or 301
NAV 202 or 289
Degree Earned Credits
General Education 40-43
Lower Division Program Requirements 24
Upper Division Program Requirements 63-66
Total Credits Earned: 127-133
Program Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code Code Title
13.1202 Elementary Education and Teaching


Rex Lee Jim

Administrative Assistant
Annette Lang
(928) 724-6658

PO Box C03
Tsaile, AZ 86556

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