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.


  • Pays

    • Tuition and Fees
    • Stipends (Employment and Childcare)
    • Books
    • Praxis II Testing Fees
    • Education Supplies
    • Conference Attendance Expenses
  • Provides
    • Praxis II Support workshops
    • Professional Development Seminars
    • Laptop
    • Professional Networking
    • Tutoring Services
    • Induction/Mentoring Support for two full years after graduation

Eligibility Criteria 

  • 3.0 GPA 
  • American Indian (state or federally recognized tribal member)
  • Admitted to the UNCP School of Education Educator Preparator Program
  • Has completed at least 60 credit hours and no more than 75 credit hours UNLESS students over 75 credit hours have passing Praxis II scores
  • Licensure and employment as a teacher must be attained by August 2024
  • The spring 2022 cohort is open to undergraduate students only 


Applications are due October 15, 2021 by 5pm.


Dr. Leslie Locklear
Phone: 910.521.6454


First Americans Teacher Education Program Deadline October 15