First Americans' Teacher Education Program (FATE)

The First Americans’ Teacher Education (FATE) grant program has as its primary goal the production of new American Indian teachers for American Indian communities. The program seeks to increase the number of highly qualified American Indian teachers who will teach in schools with significant American Indian student populations. The program proposes to address the shortage of American Indian teachers at all grade levels through a comprehensive strategy that will include licensure preparation and induction support. The program will also institutionalize a culturally relevant program in the School of Education.


  • American Indian UNCP students
  • Be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program
  • State or federally-recognized tribal members
  • Undergraduate degree seeking (juniors and seniors), MAT Students, and Lateral Entry Teachers
  • Degree, licensure and employment as a teacher must be attained by May 2020
  • Student should have 2.7 GPA
  • Not financial-need based
  • Service payback required (service payback equivalent to length of time trained)
  • Service payback must be in an area related to the degree and licensure
  • Cash payback required in the absence of service payback (cash payback for cost of training)


  • Pays

    • Tuition and fees
    • Stipends (limited to full-time students employed less than 20 hours/week)
    • Books
    • Partial childcare costs for dependent minors (limited to full-time students)
    • Praxis II testing fees
    • Partial education supplies
  • Provides


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FATE Program Staff

Dr. Leslie Locklear, FATE Project Coordinator
Phone: 910.521.6454

Christina Pacheco, FATE Project Assistant


To learn about the staff, please click here