Education – NITEP (Indigenous Teacher Education Program) at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

This teacher education program addresses educational issues pertinent to public and First Nations schools settings where Aboriginal children attend school. You’ll develop the skills and academic knowledge expected of beginning educators, complete a specialization in Indigenous Education, and prepare to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level.

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Program Information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Education
  • Degree: Bachelor of Education
  • 5 yrs Length
  • Yes Co-op Option
  • No Honours Option

NITEP is a Bachelor of Education program for Aboriginal students wishing to teach at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level that builds upon Aboriginal identity and cultural heritage while preparing persons of Aboriginal ancestry to be effective educators for public, band, and independent schools in BC. NITEP teacher candidates are admitted to the Faculty of Education in their first year of university studies.

NITEP teacher candidates take arts, science, and education courses in each year of their degree program. The first two to three years are offered through a regional field centre so that teacher candidates can remain near their home community to maintain their family and cultural connections. NITEP includes the same elementary or secondary teacher education program course requirements, but in a different sequence. Also, NITEP includes courses that focus on Aboriginal education theory, content, and pedagogy. These courses take the place of some program electives.

Teacher candidates who successfully complete the requirements for the BEd program are recommended to the BC Teacher Regulation Branch for a professional teaching certificate. Information about the BEd program at UBC is available at teach.educ.ubc.ca.