Indigenous Driven Education Administration Leadership

The IDEAL program is a work payback program funded by the Office of Indian Education, U.S. Department of Education. For every one month a participant is in the program, one month of full-time employment at a school with a high proportion of American Indian students is required upon completion of the degree.

Participants in this program will be eligible for funding to cover tuition, fees, books, and other costs associated with obtaining a master’s degree in school administration from Northeastern State University. In addition, each participant will receive development training on the culture-specific needs of American Indian students.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be American Indian or Alaskan Native member of a federal or state recognized tribe
  • Must be admitted into the NSU College of Education’s Master of Education School Administration program or admitted to the alternative certification program for principal
  • Must have and maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher
  • Must be willing to remain active in the IDEAL program and participate in all required activities

IDEAL’s goal is to increase the number of qualified American Indian/Alaska Native individuals in professions that serve Indians, and to provide training to qualified American Indian/Alaska Native individuals to become education administrators.

Expected outcomes include:

  • Increasing the percentage of American Indian licensed/certified administrators in public schools
  • Providing special training for education administrators to address the culture-specific educational needs of learners in Indian school communities
  • Train administrators, who, upon completion of the program, are committed to providing service in Indian community schools

For more information, contact Krista Boston, Program Director, at 918-456-5581, ext. 314 or by email at