Indigenous Teacher Education and Leadership

The Faculty of Education supports a number of undergraduate and youth programming streams related to Indigenous teacher education and leadership. Learn more about each program to find which is best for you.

For graduate studies, please check each department in the Faculty of Education for specific program information.

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Indigenous Language Teacher Development Projects

As part of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI), the Faculty of Education presents on-campus professional education courses for Indigenous Language Instructors or language holders who want to develop skills to teach in the classroom.

This program stream provides courses in language education to Indigenous language instructors, teachers, and First Nation communities. The programming includes languages, language education curriculum and materials, pedagogy, assessment, school-based language policy and planning, research and technological advances in teaching, curriculum, and research. Elders and Indigenous knowledge systems are central to the programming.

Learn more about the Indigenous Language Education courses offered through the Faculty of Education and how to bridge these courses into teacher education through the Indigenous Language Teacher Development Projects.

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program

The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) is focused on enabling the academic success of Aboriginal children by increasing the number of Aboriginal teachers with an understanding of Aboriginal perspectives in communities in Northern Alberta.

ATEP is an off-campus elementary teacher education program involving community based collaborative cohorts. The program exists because of close partnerships with other academic institutions and communities throughout Alberta, including Blue Quills First Nations College, Northern Lakes College, Portage College, and Maskwacis Cultural College.

ATEP is a degree completion program; students will enter having already completed 60 credits of transferable course credit or as after-degree students. While this program is intended for Aboriginal students, all students are encouraged to apply.

Secondary Education - Minor in Native Education

The Bachelor of Education Secondary program is a specialized program in which students will select a teachable major and minor. The program prepares students to instruct in these two subject areas in Grades 7-12. One of these subject areas is a minor in Native Education. It consists of 120 units of course weight (120*) overall and a total of 14 weeks of student teaching. The program can be completed in four years.

Upon completing the program, students will earn a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) and will be recommended for teacher certification in Alberta.

Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership

Celebrating its tenth year, the Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership (YIWCL) will take place July 2018, at the Faculty of Education - University of Alberta. Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership program is for young Indigenous women ages 10-16. Each day, participants are immersed in Indigenous language and cultural activities, drama, dance, digital technologies, and leadership-building.

Program dates: Monday, July 9 - Wednesday, July, 18, 2018

Space in Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership is very limited. To reserve a space for your daughter, niece, or granddaughter, please fill out and submit the form.

REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 1, 2018 - Fill out the form