The American Indian Education (AIE) minor provides an understanding of the particular educational needs of American Indian students, as well as the skills to apply methodologies and classroom practices conducive to academic success and validation of cultural identity and values.
Having a positive self-identity and strong cultural affirmation is key for the success of any student in school and in life, but American Indian students face assaults on their identity and culture on a daily basis. To help ensure success in working with American Indian students and communities, the College of Professional Studies provides a rigorous curriculum designed to heighten awareness of the numerous and complex issues surrounding American Indian education, along with successful educational models and classroom applications.
AIE courses also comprise a specialization within the Child Development and Family Relationships major, as well as a special area of emphasis in the M.A. Education program. AIE courses are available to all Cal Poly Humboldt students. Community members may enroll through Extended Education; call 707-826-3731 for a schedule of classes.
Kishan Lara-Cooper, Ph.D.
Department of Child Development
Harry Griffith Hall 229