Continuing Education Certificate

The Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) in Indigenous Governance is a non-credit professional development certificate that allows individuals from all walks of life to take part in courses taught by renowned faculty, covering a wide variety of topics related to Indigenous governance, Indigenous rights, and economic, community, and leadership development.

The Continuing Education Certificate requires participants to take any six January in Tucson classes. The CEC may be completed over as few as one or two January in Tucson sessions, but is designed to allow students to complete the requirements at their own pace.

*The CEC does not require participants to have completed a bachelor’s degree as a pre-requisite.

January in Tucson Core Curriculum

The Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) in Indigenous Governance curriculum consists of a series of 1-credit January in Tucson courses, covering topics from Native nation building, comparative Indigenous governance, intergovernmental relations, Indigenous peoples’ human rights, and community development. Students also have the option of completing concentrations of online courses in tribal justice, Native economic development, and natural resources, or customizing their plan of study with in-person and online courses to meet their needs.

The curriculum of the CEC consists of January in Tucson classes; an intensive education session which brings together distinguished faculty in the field of Indigenous governance and gives them the opportunity to teach and hold discussions with Indigenous leaders, practitioners, and community members from around the world. The JIT curriculum not only conveys important information backed by research, but allow space for a crucial dialogue to occur between Indigenous peoples from all over the world. This conversation provides new perspectives to familiar challenges, and helps to make JIT a truly unique educational experience.

*January in Tucson required CEC courses are in-person classes that take place in Tucson, Arizona.

"When I take courses in professional development it really re-ignites my fire, my passion. What do I want to do moving forward? How can use what I learn here, the tools, for my people?"

Nicole Charley (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs), Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
JIT 2017 & Tribal Professionals Cohort Member

Cost of Attendance

Courses are $750 each.

Transfer Policy

Credits for the Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) in Indigenous Governance are eligible to be transferred into the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance degree, upon review and approval by the MPS Admissions Committee. Up to 6 credits of the CEC are eligible to be transferred into the MPS degree.

Tribal Professionals Cohort

Each year, full funding for three January In Tucson (JIT) courses is offered to a small group of tribal professionals (10 or fewer) who demonstrate a career commitment to serving Native communities, and an interest in learning how they can strengthen tribal governance. Completing these courses will earn an individual cohort member credit towards a Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance from the Native Nations Institute. Additionally, the cohort will receive supplemental educational materials, and an opportunity to share what they’ve learned with one another throughout the year.

Applications for the Tribal Professionals Cohort are managed by the Indigenous Governance Program (IGP). Additional financial aid awards for those attending JIT for professional development are available through IGP.



Key Contact

Tory Fodder
Manager, Indigenous Governance Program
Office Phone: (520) 621-3093