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Academic Calendar

Here is the Calendar of events for OLC.

  • July 28th 2014
    • Chairs Return
  • August 8th 2014
    • 10:00am: All Staff
  • August 11th - August 15th 2014
    • Registration Week
    • 9:00am: Faculty Orientation
  • August 12th 2014
    • 9:00am: Faculty Orientation
  • August 18th 2014
    • Assessment Day
    - August 22nd
    • Add/Drop Week
  • August 19th 2014
    • Assessment Day
    • 12:00pm: Course Cancellation
    • 4:00pm: Adjunct Orientation

Graduate Studies

WIYOHPIYATA (West)
Admission/Entrance Requirements

Wiyohpiyata meaning the cardinal direction of west is represented by the color black. The cycle begins in the west and continues clockwise. This direction is also known as the Wakinyan Oyate meaning Thunder Nation who teaches us that we must be courageous to overcome obstacles and difficulties in life (Bear Shield, et al, 2000). Graduate Students are required to demonstrate Wowacin Tanka meaning fortitude, Wohitika meaning courage and bravery, as well as Woksape meaning wisdom. Entering graduate students must endure and balance day-to-day obstacles of a family, geographical location, financial and personal responsibilities. The completion of the necessary core requirements for Graduate Studies Program(s) requires fortitude, courage and wisdom. Therefore, this is the starting point and the first stage of the entering graduate students' educational journey toward becoming a "Masters Candidate" and program completion.

Admission/Entrance Requirements

The Oglala Lakota College Graduate Studies Department accepts applications from new entering students one time per year for fall entry. Applications are due each spring semester, usually the last Friday of April. Applications must be complete. All late applications will be reviewed for entry into the next academic year. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned as incomplete. All new entering students must meet the admission requirements listed below in order to be accepted into one of the degree programs. Students must be accepted into the graduate program and attend the Annual Graduate Studies Orientation, before registering for fall courses. The Graduate Studies Orientation is held in August of each year. All LMEA students must attend portfolio orientation. All graduate students must attend seminars as scheduled.

Admission process - Lakota Leadership and Managment (LAKM) and Lakota Leadership and Management: Education Administration (LMEA)

Entering students must apply for acceptance into one of the degree programs by completing and submitting the following:

  1. Graduate application
  2. $15.00 application fee
  3. Submit all official transcripts specifying the date the degree was conferred OLC Transcript Request
  4. Submit three letters of reference as detailed below
  5. Submit degree of Indian blood or lineage form Lineage Form
  6. Submit current resume
  7. Submit copy of current and valid teaching certificate in elementary or secondary education (for LMEA degree only)
  8. Submit three (3) reference letters from employers, community members, or colleagues, etc. reference letters cannot be from immediate family members. Reference letter criteria:

Lakota leadership and Management (LAKM) reference criteria:

  1. Reference letters must explain why the student is an excellent candidate for the Masters of Arts degree in Lakota Leadership and Management.
  2. Distinguish the students' Lakota Leadership professional and personal disposition.
  3. Explain student professional and personal ethics.
  4. Elaborate on the student's civic engagement within the work place and/or community.

Lakota Leadership and Management: Education Administration (LMEA) reference criteria:

  1. Reference letters must explain why the student is an excellent candidate for the Masters of Arts degree in Lakota Leadership and Management: Education Administration.
  2. Distinguish the students' Lakota Leadership professional and personal disposition.
  3. Explain student professional and personal ethics
  4. Elaborate on the student's civic engagement within schools and community.
  5. Verify the students three (3) years of teaching experience on a valid certificate in an accredited K-8, 9-12, or K-12 school.
  6. Verify additional educational experiences within an education system.

Students must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution matching the admission requirements for the degree in which they are applying. A complete application with official documents must be mailed directly to the Graduate Studies Department: Attention Graduate Studies Admissions, P.O. Box 490, Kyle, SD 57752. Candidates must meet the following entrance requirements before being accepted as pre admission status.

Lakota Leadership and Management (LAKM) entrance requirements:

  1. Must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Must have a 2.50 cumulative GPA
  3. Must have a 3.00 GPA in undergraduate major field in 300 or higher level course work
  4. Must have a 3.00 GPA in all undergraduate Language Arts course work.
  5. Submit and receive a rating of 8 or equivalent to .42 or higher on each writing sample: Autobiography and Philosophy of leadership. Writing sample criteria must be in APA style writing:
    a. Autobiography highlighting family, life experience and disposition that emphasize key points to describe why you would be an excellent candidate for the Lakota Leader in Lakota Leadership and Management program. Question: What distinguishes you as an excellent candidate for the Lakota Leadership and Management program? Scoring Rubric
    b. Philosophy and vision of leadership emphasizing your civic engagement regarding current issues in native communities serving native populations or underrepresented groups. Please provide steps and explain how you plan on using this degree within your work, personal life, and/or community. Scoring Rubric

Lakota Leadership and Management: Education Administration (LMEA) entrance requirements:

  1. Must have a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Must have received their undergraduate educational bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Three years of verified teaching experience at the elementary level and/or secondary level on a valid elementary and/or secondary teachers certification or another endorsement which includes elementary and/or secondary grades. Two years must include classroom teaching.
  4. Must have a current and valid teaching certificate in elementary or secondary education
  5. Must have a 2.50 cumulative GPA
  6. Must have a 3.00 GPA in undergraduate major field in 300 or higher level course work
  7. Must have a 3.00 GPA in all undergraduate Language Arts course work.
  8. Submit and receive a rating of 8 equivalent to .42 or higher on each writing sample: Autobiography and Philosophy of leadership. Writing sample criteria must be in APA style writing:
    a. Autobiography highlighting family, life experience and disposition that emphasize key points to describe why you would be an excellent candidate for the Lakota Leader in Lakota Leadership and Management program: Education Administration program. Question: What distinguishes you as an excellent candidate for the Lakota Leadership and Management program? Scoring Rubric
    b. Philosophy and vision of leadership emphasizing their civic engagement regarding current issues in native communities serving native populations or underrepresented groups within schools. Please provide steps and explain how you plan on using this degree within your work, personal life, and/or community. Question: How does your philosophy of education incorporate the mission and vision of the graduate program at Oglala Lakota College? What is your vision of the way schools should be regarding: Administration, Curriculum, Communication, Instruction, and Community? Scoring Rubric

Students must meet all graduate entrance requirements to gain full admission to the program. Students may be placed on conditional status dependent on their scores. Students who did not meet graduate entrance requirements are welcome to reapply. Students will not be considered for enrollment into any of the courses as a degree seeking student until they have meet entrance requirements and have been officially accepted into the program. Students may enroll in graduate core courses LAKM 603, LAKM 613, LAKM 633 after acceptance. Course work is to be taken sequentially.