Aboriginal Education

Our Department of Aboriginal Education offers people of Aboriginal descent, as well as people wishing to teach Aboriginal learners, with the opportunity to learn or increase their knowledge of a Native language, and to learn to become a teacher.

As part of the Faculty of Education, our undergraduate programs give you the knowledge, qualifications and cultural understanding to make a difference in your students' lives. We use a multidisciplinary approach to address the academic, cultural and traditional needs of Aboriginal students, educators and communities. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Teaching practices as they relate to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students
  • Planning and teaching lessons that apply to different types of learners
  • Aboriginal culture and practices as they relate to education

As well, some programs give you the opportunity to learn:

  • Aboriginal languages to communicate with learners

There are two undergraduate degree programs to choose from, which lead to certification by the Ontario College of Teachers (OTC), and will allow you to teach in both Band-operated and provincial schools:

Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal) Primary-Junior

This five-year degree program prepares you to teach at the Primary-Junior (P/J) level (from kindergarten to grade 6). During the first two years you will take courses on the following topics:

  • Indigenous Learning
  • English
  • General Sciences
  • Visual Arts
  • Cree
  • Ojibwe

In your final two years you will focus on educational theories and practices  and complete an Honours project that demonstrates your learning in an original and culturally appropriate way.

Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP)

The Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP) was created to increase the number of qualified Native teachers in Ontario. As a student, you will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Learning, while concurrently working toward a Bachelor of Education degree. This is a five year degree leading to teaching certification at the Intermediate-Senior (I/S) level.

We also offer a Native Languages Certificate or Diploma program, leading to a restricted certificate with the Ontario College of Teachers, that allows you teach native languages:

Native Language Instructors' Program (NLIP)

This program has two components taught during summer sessions:

  • Native Language Instructors' Diploma Program
  • Native Language Teacher's Certification

Lakehead Advantage

Our location in Northwestern Ontario makes Lakehead University the ideal institution to study Aboriginal Education. In 2011, 9.8% of Thunder Bay's population identified as Aboriginal, 26.4% of whom were under the age of 14. As a student of Aboriginal Education you will be on the forefront of innovative programming to support Aboriginal communities and protect Aboriginal heritage, identity and languages. 

Our programs use holistic teaching techniques to help nurture your mind as well as your emotions, spirit and physical body. We believe that by embracing your learning needs and new experiences, you will be able to successfully share knowledge with others.

We maintain a number of partnerships with Aboriginal communities, schools and organizations that ensure you will receive a well-rounded education and many opportunities to apply your knowledge post-graduation. Many of our graduates have been employed by, for example, Matawa First Nations Management, the Northern Nishnawbe Education Council, Fort William First Nation, Eabametoong First Nation and many more organizations, thanks to our partnerships.

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International HS/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Indigenous Teacher Education
    Degree:
    Education
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, and 5 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, and 3 Additional Academic Grade 12 Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, and 4 Additional Academic 40S Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent)
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; and 4 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, and 9 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, and 4 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Courses
    Other Requirements:
    Proof of Aboriginal ancestry may be required.
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, and 4 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series), and 10 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, and 5 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses


As a first year student your course requirements will be determined by your chosen program and, if applicable, your partnering discipline. For more information about your first year requirements, visit our Aboriginal Education Course Calendar.

For many of our programs you will be required to participate in hands-on student-teacher placements to observe effective teaching practices, apply instructional approaches in a classroom setting and experience mentoring from an associate teacher. You will experience 100 days of in-class placement over two years, providing you with exceptional insight into the discipline and on-the-job training. Visit our Teaching Practicum page for more information. 

With support from the Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services, we offer many holistic learning opportunities and services that will advance your knowledge of Aboriginal culture outside of the classroom, including:

  • Elder-in-Residence Program
  • Smudging
  • Seasonal Feasts
  • Medicine Garden
  • Drumming and Beading Circles

There are also financial service opportunities exclusive to Aboriginal students including scholarships, awards, bursaries and employment.


More information about Payment Methods, and Payment Due Dates can be found here: Student Fees Information



Education (Concurrent)
Thunder Bay
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,921.47
$0.00
$1,002.74
$7,924.21
$4,463.48
$3,460.73
$1,384.29
$1,489.24
$692.15
$744.62
2
$6,888.35
$0.00
$982.74
$7,871.09
$4,426.92
$3,444.17
$1,377.67
$1,482.62
$688.84
$741.31
3
$6,841.50
$0.00
$982.74
$7,824.24
$4,403.49
$3,420.75
$1,368.30
$1,473.25
$684.15
$736.63
4-5
$6,243.58
$0.00
$982.74
$7,226.32
$4,104.53
$3,121.79
$1,248.72
$1,353.67
$624.36
$676.83
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$22,601.25
$0.00
$1,002.74
$23,603.99
$12,303.37
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
2-5
$22,601.25
$0.00
$982.74
$23,583.99
$12,283.37
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,625.20
$2,260.13
$2,312.60
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Athletic Building FundSABFF70.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF115.18
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF60.57
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF30.00
LU Services Subtotal 300.75
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee  128.00
Referenda  17.00
Nanabijou  5.00
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fees  16.74
LUSU Fee Subtotal SLUSF166.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
 LUSU Capital Fund SBLDF 47.25
 LU Radio SRADF 10.00
 LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance* SMEDF 325.00
 LUSU Bus Pass Fee** SLBUS133.00
 LUSU Services Subtotal 515.75
Total 982.74

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.
- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Thunder Bay)
 Code Amount
 1st Year Students Orientation Fee SORIE 20.00
 LUSU and LU Services Total  982.74
 Total  1002.74
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)
Amount (0.5FCE)
Athletic Building FundSABFF14.007.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF23.0411.52
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF12.116.06
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF6.003.00
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF9.454.73
LU RadioSRADF2.001.00
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSF33.3516.67
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 4.402.20
 Total 104.9552.47
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSF33.3516.67
Total 33.2916.65
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia) Code Amount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Student Athletic SocietySATHO92.16
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO60.57
LU Services Subtotal 177.73
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee 128.00
Canadian Federation of Students Fee  16.74
Referenda 7.00
LUSU Fee SubtotalSLUSO151.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO47.25
LUSU U-Pass FeeSLBUO115.50
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance**SMEDF325.00
LUSU Services Subtotal 487.75
Total 817.22

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.

- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


 

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Orillia) Code Amount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIO20.00
LUSU and LU Services Total 817.22
Total 837.22
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
Student Athletic SocietySATHO18.439.22
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO12.116.06
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO9.454.73
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSO30.3515.17
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 1.400.70
Total 75.3437.67
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSO30.3515.17
Total 30.3515.17