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Native American Leadership in Education (NALE) cohort

The purpose of the creation of the NALE cohort is to enable UNM COE, TEELP and the educational leadership program to address specific needs within tribal and broader Native American educational leadership in New Mexico. NALE will demonstrate UNM’s commitment to Native American tribal, rural and urban communities surrounding Indian education. Intentional curriculum and program development will address the unique needs of communities in the P-20 pipeline while increasing the number of Native American administrators across the education spectrum in New Mexico, nationally, and internationally.


We have recently published a list of COE Education and Native American Graduate Scholarships that may be useful to you.


  • Cohort members will participate in a two day institute prior to starting the program for orientation and induction into the doctoral process and learning community.
  • Members will share their input on a flexible delivery method for instruction (i.e. online, hybrid, face-to-face on the weekends (once a month), etc.
  • Members will be matched with a Native American leadership mentor and faculty advisor that will provide support during the doctoral process.


Dr. Robin Minthorn (Kiowa), Assistant Professor ( - NALE Coordinator
Dr. Alicia Chavez, Associate Professor (
Dr. Shawn Secatero (Diné) , Assistant Professor (


FALL 2017
LEAD 605 - Qualitative Research in Education (Dr. Alicia Chavez)
LEAD 611 - Community Learning as Leadership (Dr. Robin Minthorn)

LEAD 607 - Analyzing Qualitative Data (Dr. Alicia Chavez)
LEAD 610 - Organizational Change: Theory and Process (TBD)

By participating in this program, students will complete 30 hours of required course work, 18 hours of electives, 24 hours of courses related to your area of interest or transfer credit, and 18 dissertation credit hours.

We encourage tribal members to apply and participate in the cohort.

  • We would like a diverse group of NALE applicants to help address educational/community needs in New Mexico as well as surrounding states.
  • The recruitment process will include distributing information and scheduling meetings with BIE schools, tribal schools, TCU’s, New Mexico universities and colleges, tribal communities and non-profit Native American education organizations.

Applicant Requirements

  • Experience as an educator (in schools, college/university, at a state/federal level, with tribes or in a community context).
  • An ability to work cooperatively in a community of learners.
  • Must hold a M.A. degree from an accredited college/university.
  • Commit to give back to their community, in a capacity that will serve Native American communities/tribal nations after graduation.
  • GRE test scores.


Deadline March 15th, 2017 (for 2nd NALE cohort)

  1. Submit a UNM Graduate School Admission Packet by going to the following link:
  2. Please select college of education >teacher education, educational leadership & policy > educational leadership > EdD Educational Leadership. (
  3. Submit GRE general tests scores (required)
  4. Submit a letter of intent and a professional biographical form. (Request from department)
  5. Submit three letters of reference.


If you have already taken the GRE, please note that GRE scores are valid for five years. If you have not taken the GRE general test, please visit the GRE website for more information about test centers and dates. (

The GRE also offers a fee reduction plan for students who demonstrate financial need. Also, please check with your tribal education department for exam fee waivers.

Dr. Robin Minthorn (Kiowa)
Assistant Professor, NALE Coordinator
MSC 05 3040
Hokona Hall Rm. 377
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
phone: (505) 277-5950
fax: (505) 277-5553