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

Distance (Online) and On-Campus Cohorts

Students are required to meet certain minimum entrance requirements. As part of the application process, students must also submit a Letter of Intent, two references, and will be invited to an interview upon review of application documents. More information is provided below regarding specific requirements and the application process.

Please note: Admission to the on-campus cohort is restricted to Aboriginal applicants.

For all other cohorts, preference will be given to Aboriginal applicants.

Direct Entry and Mature Student Admission

A direct entry student is someone who is applying directly after high school graduation. A mature student is someone aged 21 or older as of September 1 of the year of application. Both admission types should have no more than 22.5 credits of transferable coursework.

  • Direct entry (high school) applicants must present a minimum average of 65% to be considered for admission.
  • Mature student applicants must present a minimum average of 60% to be considered for admission.

For both, in addition to the minimum averages, the following coursework is required to be considered for both admission:

  1. English Language Arts 30-1
  2. Social Studies 30-1 or Aboriginal Studies 30

*Math 30-1 or 30-2 is recommended but is not required

Further, if you have completed 9 to 22.5 credits of transferable post-secondary coursework (typically 3-7 courses), you will need a 2.0 GPA in all post-secondary courses.

The Alberta Transfer Guide explains the nature and the detail of transfer credit agreements among post-secondary institutions in Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. It is available online at:

If you attended a post-secondary institution in a province other than Alberta, you may check to see if that province has a transfer guide. If your coursework transfers to a major university in that province, then it most likely will be accepted here; the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the Faculty of Education will make the final determination.

International Students

International students are welcome to apply to the program if they meet all entrance requirements.

Before You Apply

First, contact ATEP at if you are interested in applying for admission. Please include your name and place of residence. Contact us early as the application process must be completed by March 1.

  1. We will respond to you within two working days to provide you with information about how to apply online, how to choose the best study option (on-line or on-campus) and we will also send you important tips to assist you to complete the application process smoothly.
  2. Order official high school and all post-secondary transcripts, if applicable. Write your Letter of Intent.
  3. Obtain two letters of recommendation from a member of your community or a past teacher. Please do not submit references from immediate family.

Please note that after your application has been submitted and you have met all of the requirements, you will be contacted to schedule a brief interview.

How to Apply

Applying to ATEP doesn’t have to be complicated! The first step is to contact ATEP. Contacting ATEP will ensure that we are able to walk alongside you throughout the process, ensure you apply to the cohort that is best suited to your circumstances, needs and goals, as well as ensure you have submitted everything needed to be considered for admission. Contact for your initial admissions consultation.

  • For more information on how to apply to the Online Cohort, please see this application guide.
  • For more information on how to apply to the On-Campus Cohort, please see this application guide.

Please note that submitting an application without first contacting ATEP could potentially delay your admissions review and/or process. Consulting with ATEP in advance will avoid unnecessary delays.

Below we have provided an overview of the information you will need to apply, along with contact information.

Important Dates

The application deadline is March 1. Make sure to have all of your documents ready to submit well in advance of this deadline as we are unable to accommodate late submissions.

Students should expect to hear back on the status of their application by May 1.

Important Documents


Students entering from high school will need copies of their high school transcripts to submit with their full application.

High school transcripts can be ordered online here: You will need to know your Alberta Student Number.

Applicants with post-secondary coursework must submit high school transcripts along with official post-secondary transcripts.

Note - To order university transcripts from the University of Alberta, log on to BearTracks and click My Academics > Transcript > Request Official Transcript. Transcripts from other institutions can be ordered by visiting the institution’s website. Make sure to order transcripts early as they can take a number of weeks to be sent out.

Letters of Reference

Applicants will be required to submit two Letters of Reference from a community member or a past teacher.

Letter of Intent

All applicants are required to write and submit a personal Letter of Intent.

The Letter of Intent should include the following:

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