Daḳota Iapi Uƞspewic̣akiyapi - Dakota Language Teaching Certificate

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Daḳota Iapi Uƞspewic̣akiyapi - Dakota Language Teaching Certificate
18 Undergraduate Semester Credits

The Daḳota Iapi Uƞspewic̣akiyapi Certificate was designed to address the critical point of Dakota language loss in Minnesota by developing a cadre of Dakota language learners, speakers, and teachers. This effort is part of a global indigenous language revitalization movement based on the understanding that language is fundamental to cultural survival and tribal sovereignty.

What You'll Learn
This certificate program will prepare you to take an active teaching role in the American Indian community. You'll gain advanced proficiency and knowledge - both written and oral - of the Dakota language.

By enrolling in this certificate program, you will:

  • Become familiar with indigenous language revitalization history, issues, research, and efforts on state, regional, national, and international levels.

  • Become familiar with basic principles of language revitalization teaching methodologies.

  • Practice these principles in a required semester-long practicum assisting in a community language program.

  • Learn the basic techniques for describing and analyzing linguistic data through working on examples taken from Dakota texts and translations.

Admission Requirements
To be admitted into the Daḳota Iapi Uƞspewic̣akiyapi certificate, you must have:

  • Completed 4 semesters of Dakota language at the University of Minnesota; OR

  • Pass the Dakota Proficiency Test administered by the Dakota language instructor. (This test is currently given as the final exam at the end of the fourth semester of language instruction, and was formerly used as the language proficiency test required for CLA undergraduates).

Application Procedure
To obtain an application form, or if you have questions or miss the deadline, call 612-624-8217 or send an e-mail message to for advising.

Application Deadlines:
For Fall semester admission: May 1
For Spring semester admission: October 1

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