Mission Statement

The mission of the Alutiiq Language Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) is to recognize acquisition of Alutiiq language skills and knowledge through certification for Alutiiq language professionals and paraprofessionals.

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Within the Kodiak region’s language revitalization and education programs, a need exists for certified paraprofessionals with Alutiiq language proficiency - and the 16-credit Alutiiq Language Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) is designed to provide a credential in that area. Most of these courses are available by distance delivery. 

Contact Libby Eufemio for information at epeufemio@alaska.edu

 or (907) 486-1276. Or, visit the Alutiiq Studies Program page here.

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What will I learn?

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this Occupational Endorsement Certificate, students will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate Intermediate speaking proficiency, with conversational speaking skills as described in the ACTFL 2012 proficiency standards.
  • Read and comprehend basic Alutiiq, including words and sentences pertaining to everyday topics, at a level comparable to their speaking proficiency.
  • Define and identify measures of language endangerment, describe Alaska Native language relationships, and compare theories of second language acquisition for threatened languages.
  • Locate and assess Alutiiq language resources and reference materials for diverse situations and proficiency levels.

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What classes will I take?

Graduation Requirements for the Alutiiq Language OEC:

  • Satisfy General University Requirements for Occupational Endorsement Certificates found in the UAA Catalog.
  • Complete each of the following courses with a grade of C or higher:

AKNS A101E             Elementary Alutiiq Language I

AKNS A102E             Elementary Alutiiq Language II

AKNS A109D             Alutiiq Orthography

AKNS A292B             Alaska Native Conversational Fluency Intensive

And (choose one of the following):                                                                           

AKNS A240               Alaska Native Cultural Orientation - Alutiiq/Sugpiaq


AKNS A292A             Alaska Native Language Apprenticeship

  • A total of 16 credits are required for the occupational endorsement certificate.
  • Completion of the Alutiiq Conversational Fluency Intensive course (AKNS A292B) with a C or higher requires a minimum of Intermediate level conversational proficiency, based on the American Council on Teaching of a Foreign Language (ACTFL) oral proficiency assessment conducted at the conclusion of the course. Students who do not attain Intermediate speaking ability may retake the course until successful.

This OEC also satisfies most of the requirements for the Alaska Native Studies (AKNS) minor for baccalaureate students. Speak to your advisor about this option!


What can I do with this degree?

Earning this OEC will prepare students for employment in language revitalization programs in regional tribes and educational organizations, or qualify them to apply for "Type M" teaching certification for Alutiiq instruction in the Kodiak Island Borough School District.

This OEC may also be beneficial for teachers and professionals who wish to have a unique credential on their resume, or to better serve the Kodiak Native population.

Or, some students simply take the courses in this OEC for personal fulfillment, and to be able to pass along their heritage language to their family and friends.

Alaska Native Studies Minor:

This OEC also satisfies most of the requirements for the Alaska Native Studies (AKNS) minor for baccalaureate students. Speak to your advisor about this option!

Earnings Potential:

Skilled Alutiiq language professionals working in language programs in the Kodiak region can earn $20 hourly or higher, based on other educational qualifications and skills.

Job Outlook:

While the number of positions available full-time for Alutiiq language is small, there is a steady and growing number of jobs in the Kodiak region where Alutiiq language skills would be considered an asset for hiring or promotion.