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Native Teacher Education (NTEP) Programs Information

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

The Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP), through its academic programs, provides people of Native ancestry with the opportunity to pursue an Arts or Science degree while concurrently working toward the Bachelor of Education. NTEP offers:
(a) the BA or BSc (General Program) and BEd (Native Education) at the Primary-Junior level
(b) a BA, HBA, BSc, or HBSc in a recognized major subject and a BEd with a Native education component in P/J, J/I, or I/S specialization levels (Native Languages is a recognized teachable subject at both the J/I and I/S levels.)
(c) the BA or HBA (Indigenous Learning) and BEd at all three specialization levels - Primary-Junior, Junior-Intermediate, or Intermediate/Senior
(d) a Specialization as Teacher of Aboriginal Learners at P/J, J/I, or I/S levels
(e) Community based learning which allows off-campus students to complete the education components of the two concurrent degrees in order to receive a Basic Ontario Teacher Certification.

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

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Students apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) in Guelph (website: www.ouac.on.ca). Application forms may be obtained from the Application Centre, a university career centre, or by contacting the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Lakehead University.
- Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school day program should apply on an OUAC 101 application.
- All other Canadian students should apply on an OUAC 105D application. Students should choose the desired program and specify NTEP on the application.
Applicants are encouraged to apply according to the published deadlines as only a limited number of spaces are available for late applicants.

For information regarding admission to degree programs at Lakehead University, see the Admission Requirements, Requirements for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Programs section, and contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment if admission consideration is required under the Extraordinary Admissions or Mature Student status.

 
The following substitutions may be made in any NTEP program for work previously completed by students with Native Language Teachers' Certification.

Algonquia+n 1212 and 1232 for one FCE in Native Language
Education 1571 for Education 1499 (1399)
Education 0190 for Education 2399
Education 1573 for Education 3235
Education 0290 and 0390 for Education 3499
Education 1351 for Education 3270


A. Primary-Junior Specialization

Students planning to specialize at the Primary/Junior level will normally pursue:
(a) the BA or BSc (General Program) - BEd (Native Education) programs
(b) the BA, BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) or HBA, BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) programs
(c) another of the Concurrent Bachelor Degree Programs at the Primary-Junior level or Concurrent Honours Bachelor Degree Programs at the Primary-Junior level. Students may add a Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners if they have included the courses as specified below in section D.

B. Junior-Intermediate Specialization

Students planning to specialize at the Junior/Intermediate level will normally pursue:
(a) the BA or BSc (General Program) - BEd (Native Education) programs
(b) the BA, BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) or HBA, BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) programs
(c) another of the Concurrent Bachelor Degree Programs at the Junior-Intermediate level or Concurrent Honours Bachelor Degree Programs at the Junior/Intermediate level. Students may add a Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners if they have included the courses as specified below in section D.

C. Intermediate-Senior Specialization

Students in the Intermediate-Senior levels will follow one of the Concurrent Bachelor Degree Programs at the Intermediate-Senior level or Concurrent Honours Bachelor Degree Programs at the Intermediate-Senior level, such as the BA, BEd (Indigenous Learning Major), and must include the following courses in their program:

(a) a Native Language course
(b) Education 3235

English majors are encouraged to include English 2702 in their program.



D. Specialization as Teacher of Aboriginal Learners

Students in concurrent Education programs at P/J, J/I, and I/S levels wishing to obtain a Specialization as a Teacher of Aboriginal Learners may do so by including in their program a set of specific courses.

E. Community Based NTEP Programs

In accordance with O.C.T. Regulation 184/97 section 6, candidates who are of native ancestry, hold the requirements for a secondary school diploma or the equivalent, and have successfully completed an program of professional education with a concentration in Primary division and Junior division will be eligible to be granted an Ontario Teachers' Certificate by the Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers.



For full program descriptions see: