Education: Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP)

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
  • Length 5 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

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

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.
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