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Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners(TB)

Program Information
The Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners provides all Concurrent Education students with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of Aboriginal knowledge, cultures, and teachings. This Specialization adds an Aboriginal focus to their area of study and helps students to develop the necessary skills to share appropriate curriculum with learners. This specialization is intended to prepare students who are interested in teaching Aboriginal children. 

The Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners is open to all Concurrent Education students studying in the Primary/Junior or Intermediate/Senior divisions in any major and minor. Once a Concurrent Program student completes this specialization, as well as the necessary degree requirements, the designation of “Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners” is placed on the student’s transcript.  This Specialization is available to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Concurrent Education students. There is no formal application for the Specialization, but there are some expectations of students.

First, students interested in the Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners are requested to notify the Department of Aboriginal Education of their intentions through completion of a brief questionnaire including contact and program information. The Department of Aboriginal Education will support students by tracking their progress and offering tutoring and other assistance.

The Department will also notify students of opportunities for social gatherings and other student supports provided by the Department of Aboriginal Education for students in the Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal Education) P/J degree program, the BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning) I/S Native Teacher Education Program degree program, the Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners, and the Native Language Instructors Program. Students pursuing the Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners are expected to participate in Departmental supports and other events made available to them.

Program Requirements
To earn the Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners, Concurrent Education students must include 3 full course equivalents (FCEs) of the following courses in their Concurrent Education program of study; these courses may be taken as electives. Students must maintain an average of at least 65% in the Specialization courses.

(a) Education 2130 - Teachers of Aboriginal Learners
(b) Education 3130 - Aboriginal Parents, Families, and Communities
(c) Choose two half-courses from:

(d) Choose one FCE or two half-courses from:


Students working to complete their Concurrent Program and the Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners are invited to make use of the Kinoomaage-gaamig, the Teaching Lodge located in the Bora Laskin Building.

For more information about the Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners, please visit the Department of Aboriginal Education, Bora Laskin Building.