Online Master of Arts in Indigenous Education

This program focuses on advanced Indigenous theoretical concepts and current practices to build the knowledge, context and talents needed to collaborate with tribal nations and strengthen Indigenous education programs. While in this program, you’ll learn about key topics related to learning and Indigenous studies, including:

  • Current issues in American Indian education.
  • Critical Indigenous research methodologies.
  • History of American Indian education.
  • Indigenous knowledge systems.
  • Issues related to Indigenous language and culture.

Ultimately, you’ll leverage your knowledge to support native communities and advance Indigenous learning.

Do faculty have experience in indigenous people’s education?


With courses led by Indigenous faculty and educators with significant experience in Indigenous communities, you’ll have access to a wealth of knowledge related to Indigenous education. ASU Online faculty members collaborate with each other, as well as professionals both nationally and internationally, to provide extensive resources to students. This includes guest lecturers involved in:

  • Indigenous practitioners in education.
  • Indigenous researchers.
  • Tribal leaders.

Does this program include any unique tracks or concentrations?


The Master of Arts in Indigenous education includes a Native Hawaiian track. Students on this track must take the following four courses:

  • History of Indigenous Education.
  • Indigenous Knowledges in Education.
  • Current Issues in Indigenous Education.
  • Language and Literacy of Indigenous Peoples.

Led by Native Hawaiian faculty, each member is a subject matter expert with doctoral degrees relating directly to the program.

What makes someone an ideal candidate for this Indigenous education program?


A passion for Indigenous education is an essential quality for any student in this program. If you have a deep interest in working with and within Indigenous communities or schools, this program may be perfect for you. Strong writing skills are also a prerequisite for success. Experience in Indigenous education is valuable, but not a requirement to apply.

Does completing this degree directly lead to a teaching certification?


While this program supports the development of context, knowledge and talents related to Indigenous education, it does not lead to a teaching certification. You’ll need to complete additional courses outside of ASU Online to earn this certification.

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Indigenous Education
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Indigenous Education (MA)
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Earning a Master of Arts in Indigenous education helps you build relevant skills in research, theory and practice that support educational opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous people. As a graduate, you’ll prepare for leadership roles in education or government entities related to Indigenous people’s education.

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By emphasizing key topics related to education and Indigenous studies, the curriculum can prepare you to work with and in tribal communities. The culminating project centers on your areas of professional interest, such as addressing a specific need in your community. Featured courses include:

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From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

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Applicants to the Master of Arts in Indigenous education program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they’ve earned a bachelor’s degree in a related field or a master’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours of their bachelor's program. Alternatively, applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA in an applicable master’s program. Applicants that are particularly strong in other areas may be considered for provisional admission with a GPA of 2.8 or higher. No exceptions will be made for applicants whose GPA is below a 2.8 cumulative.

  • All applicants must submit:
  • Graduate admission application and application fee.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement. 
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Writing sample.
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An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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Will my master's in Indigenous education say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

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