Certificate Program
Credit Hours Required: 42
The certificate program in Dakota Language is designed to prepare students with the skills needed to teach the Dakota Language. Students will acquire proficiency in the Dakota Language, knowledge of teaching methods and their application, and a foundational understanding of linguistics. Upon successful completion of all certificate requirements, students will receive certification as a Dakota Language instructor through Sisseton Wahpeton College and the State of South Dakota. The goal of this program is to prepare students to teach the Dakota Language, and also to produce more proficient speakers of the Dakota Language.

Program Outcomes:

A. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the Dakota Language.
B. Students will describe ways to revitalize and renew the Dakota Language.
C. Students will organize materials to be used for teaching the Dakota Language.
Required Technical Courses: 30
DKT 110 Dakota Language I 3
DKT 112 Dakota Language II 3
DKT 130 Dakota History 3
DKT 140 Dakota Culture 3
DKT 205 Dakota Language III 3
DKT 212 Dakota Language Vocabulary Review 3
DKT 220 Dakota Language Literature and Composition 3
DKT 225 Dakota Language Oral Communication 3
DKT 278 Teaching Dakota Language and 3
Second Language Acquisition Methods
DKT 279 Teaching Native American Students 3
General Education Requirements Courses: 12
DKT 120 Introduction to Dakota Studies 3
ENG 110 Speech Communications 3
CST 141 Microcomputer Applications 3
ED 275 Human Relations for Educators 3
Students that come into the program prepared to take 100 level classes, can complete the program in two years (4 semesters) if taking 12 credits each semester.
Dakota Language Instructor: Erin Griffin, Eric Dumarce


Cost to complete the program within normal time (15 credits per semester):
(Based on five semesters)

Tuition $ 5,250
Registration Fee 200
Lab Fee $50 (per lab class) 50
Library Usage/Email Account Fee 120
Building Usage Fee 100
Technical Fee 360
Books and Supplies (estimate) 2,400
Graduation Fee 40
Activity Fee 120
Total $8,640*

* SWC does not participate in any type of loan program.

No special laboratory/equipment is provided nor needed for this program. There are many classrooms and several student areas equipped with computers for students to use.

Due to the program size SWC does not publish graduation rates in order to protect the privacy of the students.





Transfer Information – 34 CFR 668.43

Accreditation, Approval, or Licensure ( 34 CFR 668.41(a) –(d); 34 CFR 668.43 )

Names of associations, agencies, or governmental bodies that accredit,approve, or license the school and its programs.
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Academic and Financial Aid Appeal 2017 34 CFR 668.41 (a)-(d), 34 CFR 668.42, 34 CFR 668.43

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)

Retention Rates 34 CFR 668.41 and Graduation Rates

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