Thunder Bay • Orillia

Indigenous Teacher Education Program Information

About the Program:

Lakehead University's Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) was developed and designed to increase the number of qualified Indigenous teachers through an innovative program which will prepare them to meet educational needs of Indigenous communities, taking into account such factors as cultural heritage, identity, and language. The program prepares ITEP candidates to teach in both Band-operated and provincially-funded schools. Teachers who have an intimate understanding of Indigenous traditions, psychology, way of life, and language are best able to create a learning environment suited to the habits and interests of the Indigenous child. In addition to educational methodology and theory, these programs include courses in Indigenous culture and traditions such as Indigenous languages, Indigenous arts and crafts, Canada's Indigenous literature, and Indigenous Studies.

The Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP), through its academic programs, provides people of Indigenous ancestry with the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree while concurrently working toward the Bachelor of Education. ITEP offers the BA (Indigenous Learning) and BEd at the Intermediate/Senior specialization level with FIrst Nataions, M├ętis and Inuit Studies as the teachable subject and another recognized teachable subject.

Students holding Native Language Teachers' Certification (NLTC) may receive substitution credits, to recognize work previously completed, in the NTEP programs.

Program Requirements:

Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Learning Major)/Bachelor of Education I/S (Indigenous Teacher Education Program) (TB)