The NAIL program is a two-year Distance Education Program with a new cohort of 15-20 students beginning their program each June. Coursework will lead to a Master of Arts Degree with dual licensure as a Special Education Director and Principal. The program is a collaborative effort of faculty and staff from the departments of special education, educational leadership, and UNC's Native American Student Services (NASS), run through the support of the UNC Office of Extended Studies.
Fifteen to twenty students will be admitted to the two-year program each summer. Participants will meet at the UNC campus in Greeley in June of their first year in the program, stay in campus housing, and work with the instructors of the summer classes. While on campus, participants will receive training to become familiar in using the online learning platform, Blackboard that will be used in the delivery of courses throughout the program. Participants will complete three courses in each of the two summers in the program and one to two courses during the fall and spring semesters while enrolled in the program. Internship experiences will be completed by participants in their home schools as part of their leadership preparation and will be encouraged to dialogue with practicing Native American educators who can serve as mentors. The coursework uses materials that specifically address Native American student learning styles, language, and culture to increase the instructional leadership capabilities of participants.
Program staff will work with all students to make sure that they meet the requirements for principal licensure and special education director in the state in which they reside. To meet additional internship requirements above the Colorado requirements, students will be able to enroll in additional internship hours. This option is also available to students who must be enrolled full time (9 credit hours per semester) to meet financial aid or scholarship requirements.