Nipissing University

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Indigenous Teacher Education Program

Nipissing University

Faculty:Faculty of Education and Professional Studies, Schulich School of Education
Field of Study:Aboriginal Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,621

The cost of tuition does not include ancillary fees.

Careers:Post-secondary Teaching and Research AssistantsCollege and Other Vocational InstructorsEarly Childhood Educators and Assistants


After completing the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) you will earn a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers, in the Primary and Junior division. As a qualified elementary school teacher, you will acquire the necessary pedagogical skills and knowledge combined with a strong personal understanding of your Indigenous traditions, culture and heritage to build strong learning environments for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Summer camp programming is offered for children of parents attending the Indigenous Classroom Teacher Program at no additional cost.

Students entering the program with a previous university degree will earn a Bachelor of Education Degree. Students who are admitted to the Indigenous Teacher Education Program without a previous university degree will earn an Education Diploma. Both credentials qualify students to register with the Ontario College of Teachers.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    For this Program, applicants must meet each of the following requirements to be considered for admission:

    One of the following completed certifications from an accredited university or college: Early Childhood Education (ECE); Aboriginal/Native/Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program: Native Special Education Assistant Diploma Program (NSEADP); Native Language Teaching Certificate (NLTC); An undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

    Proof of Indigenous ancestry

    A one-page, typed statement that outlines the reasons for applying to the Indigenous Teacher Education Program.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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