Indigenous Education Associate of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The Indigenous Education Associate of Arts degree offers students many exciting options for gaining professional knowledge and skills in the field of education.

The program is infused with a strong Iñupiaq Studies component including up to 18 credit hours of Iñupiaq language, culture, and traditional arts. Under the umbrella of the Indigenous Education AA degree, students are able to choose from the following areas of concentration: early childhood, elementary, secondary, language & culture, and paraprofessional studies.  Each concentration offers students the opportunity to earn a certificate (approx. 28-30 credits) as they work toward the full Associate of Arts degree (approx. 62-64 credits).

Career Options

  • Students earning the Indigenous Education A.A. degree have the option of transferring to a four-year institution and working toward a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, elementary, or secondary education!
  • Students who choose the early childhood concentration may:
    • Earn instructional hours toward a Child Development Associate credential (CDA).
    • Work in an early learning environment (school or childcare).
    • Open a home or village childcare business.
  • Students who choose the language & culture concentration will be prepared to work with PreK-12 students as a school district ILT.
  • Students who choose the paraprofessional concentration will be prepared to work with PreK-12 students as an Instructional Aide in public schools.


Dual Credit Opportunities

  • Explorations in the Early Childhood Classroom is a three-credit course designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore their interest in teaching as a career. Students apply information about brain and child development as they observe and interact with children in partnering early learning classrooms.  This course includes online and teleconference (or VTC) components.
  • Other dual-credit options may also be available.

Wonder if a Career in Teaching is For You?

Discuss options by contacting Kimberlee Brent at (907) 852-1735 or email:

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