Montana State University

EDCI 540-801: American Indian Studies for Educators

Sep 27-Nov 21, 2015
Credit: 3 graduate
Cost: $1,135.65
Instructor(s) John Vollertsen

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Course Description

To equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to meet Indian Education for All or state certification requirements. Instruction pertains to the history, traditions, values, beliefs, languages, educational policies, learning styles and contemporary affairs of American Indians, particularly tribal groups in the Northern Plains Region.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week spending 14 - 18 hours each week, either online or offline, working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.


John Vollertsen, EdD. John is an Assiniboine tribal member and a veteran of the armed services. He earned his Doctor of Education from Montana State University in 2005 and has done extensive graduate work in Native American and environmental studies.


Graduate standing.

Target Audience

Non-degree or degree seeking graduate students, principally in teacher licensure and/or education programs; NAS Certificate students.

Time Commitment

14-18 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $250.50
 Computer Fee$10.65
 Distributed Learning Fee$75.00

Course participants purchase textbooks on their own.

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Bergstrom, Amy, Cleary, Linda Miller and Peacock, Thomas D. (2003). The Seventh Generation: Native Students Speak Out About Finding the Good Path. Charleston, WV: Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). (ISBN 1-880785-25-0)
    Free ERIC download available.
  • Cleary, Linda Miller & Peacock, Thomas D. (1998). Collected Wisdom. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. (ISBN 0-205-26757-2)
  • Fleming, Walter (2003). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Native American History. Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (ISBN 0-02-864469-7)
  • Websites available on the course syllabus.

Please check with your favorite on-line or brick-and-morter book store to find the best deals.

Computer Requirements

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Dr. John Vollertsen.

How to Register

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