Our Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal) Primary/Junior program prepares people of Aboriginal descent to become teachers as well as community leaders. We use in-class and experiential teaching methods to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are necessary to meet the educational and cultural needs of Aboriginal youth.
This four-year degree program prepares you to teach in the Primary/Junior level (Kindergarten to Grade 6). Once you complete our HBEd (Aboriginal) P/J program, we will recommend you to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) for certification to teach in Ontario schools.
Our four-year HBEd (Aboriginal) P/J program requires you, during the first two years, to complete courses in the following subjects:
- Indigenous Learning
- General Sciences
- Visual Arts
- Cree and Ojibwe
Each course provides you with an excellent foundation in a teachable area. The program's final two years then focus on educational theories, practices, and abilities, giving you the knowledge and experience to be an effective educator. In addition to course work, you must complete an Honours Project; your project must demonstrate your learning in an original and culturally appropriate way.
During this program, you must maintain a cumulative average of 70% in all courses as well as an overall average of 70% in the Education major.
For information about this program’s course schedule as well as its individual course descriptions, please see our HBEd (Aboriginal) P/J program's Calendar entry.
Our HBEd (Aboriginal) P/J program is a flexible learning experience, as you can enrol on a full- or part-time basis using on-campus or distance delivery methods. All of our on-campus courses take place at our Thunder Bay campus.
To enter our HBEd (Aboriginal) P/J program, you must meet the following admission requirements:
- You must be a person of Aboriginal ancestry (e.g. First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)
- You must hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
- You must have a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including Grade 12 U English
- Your overall average must be a minimum of 70%
You are also eligible for the Honours HBEd (Aboriginal) P/J program if you have completed a Community-based NTEP Diploma and/or Native Language Instructors’ Diploma. Eligible Mature Students or Transfer Students can also apply for this program.
Note: Admission averages are calculated using the top six Grade 12 U or M courses