Please note: The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education (K-12) initial licensure track, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education initial licensure track no longer hold specialized accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of December 31, 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications voluntarily withdrew from specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Alutiiq Language

This program is delivered only through Kodiak College.

Students can earn an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Alutiiq Language (also known as Sugpiaq) on their transcript through Kodiak College. The transcripted certificate is available to any student who receives grades of C or higher in the series of courses. Attainment of the OEC in Alutiiq Language will provide knowledge, resources and skills appropriate for a variety of entry-level jobs that use the Alutiiq language. Taken together, the courses introduce students to conversational speech and basic Alutiiq writing, reading and grammar, as well as contextual information about Alaskan language relationships, language endangerment and language revitalization. Students who earn this OEC will be able to certify a level of intermediate speech ability according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) scale through completion of an oral proficiency assessment. The style of Alutiiq taught in this program is Kodiak Island Alutiiq.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Occupational Endorsement Certificates.


Advising for this program is available from the Kodiak College Alaska Native Studies faculty at (907) 486-1276.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

AKNS A101EElementary Alutiiq Language I4
AKNS A102EElementary Alutiiq Language II4
AKNS A109DAlutiiq Orthography4
AKNS A292BAlaska Native Language Conversational Fluency Intensive *1
Choose one of the following:3
Alaska Native Cultural Orientation - Alutiiq/Sugpiaq
Alaska Native Language Apprenticeship
Total Credits16

Completion of AKNS A292B with a grade of C or higher requires a minimum of intermediate-level conversational proficiency, based on the 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.

A total of 16 credits is required for the certificate.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this OEC, 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 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.