Program Objectives

Graduates are expected to step up to a higher level of service in Indian education, joining other "Penn Staters" who are leading the way throughout the U.S.
  • To develop individual leadership that will be able to support intellectual development, create positive change, function in complex environments, and help to define and shape the future of American Indians and Alaska Natives and their communities.

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    To provide education for the development of qualified leaders, planners, and administrators for tribal or public schools serving Indian children, and other organizations, colleges, institutions or government agencies concerned with the education of Indian people.
  • To provide high-level training for managers qualified to develop and administer specialized programs in education that would better serve the unique needs of exceptional Indian children.

  • To provide training in educational research and evaluation in Indian education with an emphasis on community development and policy analysis.

Our graduates hold positions as:

  • Administrators of contract schools, Indian community colleges, Bureau of Indian Education schools, other tribal or public schools serving Indian children

  • Administrators in organizations, institutions or government agencies concerned with the education of Indian people

  • Educational planners for tribal organizations, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, state and federal Indian education agencies and educational organizations serving American Indian and Alaska Native students.