• Classes close to home. Student housing available at Tsaile campus.

• Affordable tuition. 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 children in K-12 grade settings.

• 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.

• Full-time or part-time. Classes take place in the evenings, weekends, online, and hybrid (online and in-person).

• 95% percent of our licensed graduates teach in Navajo schools.


Dean: Lawrence Isaac Jr., Ph.D.
School of Diné Studies and Education Ned Hatathli Center (NHC)
Tsaile Campus
PO Box C-15
Tsaile, AZ 86556

Provost: Geraldine Garrity, Ed. D.


“Rooted in Diné language and culture, Our mission is to advance quality post-secondary student learning and development to ensure the well-being of Diné People.”


• 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 background check report;

• 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. More information is available at: http://www. dinecollege.edu/cdte.


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. From 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.

BAEE Program Admission

Step 1: Submit program admission 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

The education faculty at Diné College have years of teaching — with various endorsements — and principalship experience at the primary and secondary school levels.

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