Native Language Teacher Education



Nk̓ʷuwilš: Reawakening language and culture to strengthen identity through education for our tribal communities.

Please take a moment to view a brief video introduction here:


Program Description -The Native Language Educator (NLTE) degree program is designed to meet the critical need for Native language teachers who are both working toward fluency in Native language and are skilled in teaching. Key features of the program include an emphasis on educational practices that sustain and revitalize language and culture, as well as practicum experiences in which teacher candidates participate in hands-on Indigenous teaching and educational techniques. The Salish Language Educator Development (SLED) Program is the specialization currently offered within NLTE.

Highlights of this program:

  • One-year Intensive Salish Language program led by the Se̓liš-Ql̓ispé Culture Committee (SQCC).
  • Eligible to apply for Class 7 Native American Language and Culture Educator License &/or Intensive Salish Language (ISL) Certificate of Completion at the completion of the first year.
  • Two-year Native Language Teacher Education (NLTE) Associate of Science Degree.

NLTE Curriculum

For more information contact:

Rosemary Matt, NLTE Department Chair