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Ojibwe Language and Culture Education

Fast Facts: Ojibwe Language and Culture Education

  • Provides a solid foundation in Ojibwe culture, traditions and history, while preparing students for proficiency in the Ojibwe language
  • Ideal for proactive students who want to work with indigenous people in the education field; blood quantum or tribal requirements are not needed for entry into the program
  • Offers students understanding of effective teaching strategies and curriculum materials to meet the educational needs of American Indian learners
  • Students within this program are expected to actively participate in the Indigenous Student Alliance and attend cultural learning events
  • Students also take part in an Ojibwe Language Immersion Experience
  • This baccalaureate program can be taken in conjunction with the Elementary, Middle/Secondary Education Program, the Social Work Program, or as a stand-alone major for those who wish to pursue graduate studies
  • This major is primarily designed for students in the Native Teacher Program, but is available to other students as well

Program Requirements

Major: 36 credits


Most students who major in this program take the educational track. Graduates have gone on to obtain jobs within the Duluth and Cloquet Public School districts; at the Waadookodaading Immersion School, the Niigaane Immersion School and the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse EDU 3300 - Ojibwe Education Principles

Provides a foundation in American Indian education and includes historical precedent, the boarding school era, cultural pluralism, contributions, and current issues. Fundamentals of first and second language acquisition, school organizational environment, and communication styles are explored.

Expand and Collapse EDU 4300 - Ojibwe Education Methods

Explores techniques and methodologies for teaching Ojibwe learners. Students gain an understanding of the culture, traditions, and history of the Anishinaabe. Based on this information and drawing on information obtained in EDU 3300, students learn how to create, adapt, and integrate culturally and linguistically relevant Ojibwe curricula into content areas at primary, middle and secondary levels.

Expand and Collapse ENG 4430 - English Language & Linguistics

Introduction to the history of the English language, theories of grammar and major topics in linguistics. Class discussions will focus on a variety of questions: how language got started, what it is, where English comes from, how English has changed, the extent to which there is such a thing as correct English, what dialects are and how they are significant, how words and their semantic values change, what the major approaches to grammar are, how people learn language, how the mind processes language, how linguistics can help teachers and how systems of writing arose and developed.

Expand and Collapse INS 2201 - American Indian History I

Political, economic, social and cultural development of the American Indian from precontact through conquest.

Expand and Collapse INS 2202 - American Indian History II

Political,economic, social and cultural development of the American Indian from conquest to the present.

Expand and Collapse INS 2203 - American Indian Literature

Myths, legends, stories from Indian folk literature, as well as American Indian novels and contemporary fiction by American Indian authors.

Expand and Collapse INS 2204 - American Indian Art and Music

Meaning and development of American Indian art forms. Expressions in symbolic form of Indian philosophy and religion are presented. A study of the traditional and contemporary forms of American Indian music including local and alternative music is included.

Expand and Collapse INS 3308 - Ojibwe History

History and culture of the Ojibwe people.

Expand and Collapse INS 4401 - American Indian Law & Policy

American Indian traditional and contemporary governments, legal-political status, changing codes and statutes and social policy issues.

Expand and Collapse OJB 1111 - Beg Ojibwe Lang and Culture I

A two-part sequence in beginning Ojibwemowin, implementing the double-vowel system. These courses introduce students to seasonal cultural practices as well as pronunciation, spelling and the usage of basic verbs and nouns (animate and inanimate) in a simple sentence.

Expand and Collapse OJB 1112 - Beg Ojibwe Lang & Culture I

A two-part sequence in beginning Ojibwemowin, implementing the double-vowel system. These courses introduce students to seasonal cultural practices as well as pronunciation, spelling and the usage of basic verbs and nouns (animate and inanimate) in a simple sentence.

Expand and Collapse OJB 2101 - Intermediate Ojibwe I

The second phase of the Ojibwe language sequence which adds a class of verbs to the existing vocabulary, builds speaking skills with more complex sentences, and emphasizes translation from English to Ojibwe and Ojibwe to English. Prerequisite: OJB 1104.

Expand and Collapse OJB 2102 - Intermediate Ojibwe II

Prerequisite: OJB 2101.

Expand and Collapse OJB 3101 - Advanced Ojibwe I

Final phase of the Ojibwe language sequence. This course focuses on the mechanics of the language and especially on oral skills in preparation for a final proficiency exam. Some of the linguistic aspects of the Ojibwe language are explored, while adding a final class of verbs and increasing complexity of vocabulary as well as sentence construction. Prerequisite: OJB 2102.

Expand and Collapse OJB 4101 - Advanced Ojibwe II

Prerequisite: OJB 3101.

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  • "This program worked well in collaboration with the Education Program at the college. Instructors coordinated our field experiences so we were not only getting exposed to observations and participation in real classrooms, but we were also placed in reservation schools or Ojibwe language classrooms. There were multiple opportunities to experience cultural practices and grow individually as we became aware of how we fit into the American Indian community. We went to culture and language immersion camps, Ojibwe language tables, powwows, feasts, ceremonies, and had many conversations with community members, spiritual advisors, artists and musicians. All these experiences prepared me for the position I am in right now, as I work with families of varying cultural degrees and backgrounds and plan for cultural events and guests within our district."

    – Kyra Paitrick, ‘08
    American Indian Education Teacher
    Washington Elementary, Cloquet, MN