Aboriginal Teacher Education Program


Our students are more than just a student number - in ATEP we value our students and who they are as individuals.

We feel it is a privilege to walk along side our students as they reach their dream of becoming a teacher. We are excited that you have decided to apply to ATEP and we will be so pleased to get to know you a little better!

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Admission requirements

Qualifications for eligibility

The following represents the qualifications for eligibility:

  • Urban Cohort
    1. An average of 65% is required for high school applicants
    2. English 30-1
    3. Social Studies 30-1 (Aboriginal Studies 30 included)

    The 2017-2021 Urban Secondary Cohort is for Aboriginal students only.

  • Community-Based Elementary Program

    Applicants to ATEP must have 60 specific credits completed in order to be considered for admission to the final two years.

    See the pre-collaborative program requirements.

  • After Degree Program
    1. An approved 3 or 4 year Baccalaureate Degree.
    2. An admission grade point average of at least 2.0.

    All students in the After Degree program must have 6 credits (usually 2 courses) in English/Language Literature. Students who don't present this at the time of admission will be required to complete 6 credits prior to being eligible to graduate from the program.

    Students who have been required to withdraw from an accredited post-secondary institution should contact ATEP to discuss the implications related to admission.

    All decisions regarding transfer credit are made by Undergraduate Student Services in the Faculty of Education. Please [link]contact us, a prospective student advisor, or your advisor at your institution for more information.

Application documents

Letter of Intent

This letter should introduce yourself and state why you want to attend ATEP, why you want to become a teacher and your plans for the future.

Your letter of intent is a chance for you to introduce yourself to us. We want to hear your story and to know a little about you. You might tell us what your strengths, skills, interests and hobbies are. Some of the questions that you might address in your letter are:

  • Why do you want to become a teacher?
  • Why do you feel ATEP is a good fit for you?
  • What are your long-term goals?
  • What would your plans be once you have completed the program?

Your letter should be no less that 1 page and no more than 2 pages.


Please apply to ATEP through the main University of Alberta application process at ualberta.ca/apply. Choose the program and cohort of your preference:

  • Secondary Education - Urban ATEP cohort (main campus): Social Studies Major and Interdisciplinary Minor;
  • Elementary program - Urban ATEP cohort (main campus); or
  • Elementary program - Community-Based and chose your cohort: University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, Maskwacis Cultural College, Portage College, or Lakeland College. (note: cohorts offered intermittently - cohorts with each institution are not offered on a yearly basis. Contact College for cohort stating dates)

The non-refundable application fee for new students is $125.00 and $75.00 for students who have attended the University of Alberta previously.


High School Transcripts

Official transcripts are required. If you are registered in courses the transcript will state what courses are in progress.

Post Secondary Transcripts

If you have any post-secondary courses, we will look at them. Official transcripts are required. If you are registered in courses the transcripts will state what courses are in progress.

Proof of Aboriginal Ancestry

When applicable, a photocopy of both sides of your proof of Aboriginal Ancestry Card (ie. status card, Metis Nation Card).

Application Interview

Once your application and all supporting documents have been submitted and received, you will be contacted for a face-to-face interview.