Why Lakehead is the Exceptional Choice

Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education is the exceptional choice for furthering your career in education, as an undergraduate student, graduate student, or a professional in the field.

We Are Home to Passionate Educators

Our faculty and staff are committed to helping you explore your passions and expand your education and professional development. Our faculty members are experts in their areas of study and continue to advance their own knowledge through research and professional development. Further, they are dedicated to mentoring your academic, professional, and personal growth.

Some of the research that our faculty members are undertaking includes:

  • Indigenous Education
  • Early Literacy and Numeracy
  • Environmental Education
  • Arts-Integrated Studies
  • Math and Science Education
  • Large-Scale Testing and Evaluation
  • Social Justice Education

By collaborating with our faculty members, you will have the opportunity to address topics that are important to you as well as improve your abilities both in and out of the classroom, boardroom, or wherever you teach.

For more information about our passionate Faculty and Staff as well as their research areas, please see our Faculty and Staff page.

We Support Students through Diverse Learning Opportunities

At Lakehead, we understand that you have unique goals and values; because of this uniqueness, we offer diverse programs and courses that work to meet your individual needs.

In our undergraduate studies programming, we offer a wide range of courses that will help you explore your personal and professional interests. Our courses will allow you to study various areas while addressing the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching. As part of each BEd program, you are able to complete courses in some of the following areas including:

  • Religious Education in Catholic District School Boards in Ontario
  • Teaching in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Communities (see Keewatinase, Department of Indigenous Education)
  • Teaching Internationally
  • Outdoor Education
  • Teaching English Language Learners

We also offer practical experiences and mentorship opportunities: All BEd students, no matter your program, participate in “hands-on” teaching practicums to observe effective teaching practices, apply instructional approaches in a classroom setting, and experience mentoring from an associate teacher. Our practicum experiences include Alternative Teaching Placements and International Teaching Placements.

Our graduate programs include a Master of Education (MEd) program and a Joint PhD in Education program. Both programs offer flexible educational experiences that works to meet your academic, professional, and personal goals. Both programs include diverse streams of study, faculty with expertise in many diverse fields, and facilities to assist you in your research and help you to improve your teaching. We also provide you with opportunities to share your research with others and expand your abilities through monthly research talks and an annual graduate student conference.

Our Professional Development in Education department recognizes that professional development courses are an important part of your development as a teacher and lifelong learner. Lakehead University offers one of the best options for professional development in education; our passion, experience, and expertise sets us apart from other choices. We offer:

  • Flexible course delivery – many courses are available online allowing you to complete them on your schedule
  • Up-to-date content, resources, and technologies for all courses and workshops
  • Additional qualification courses accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)
  • Lakehead University awards university credits (1 FCE) for all additional qualification courses (besides PQP)
  • We constantly review and update our courses to ensure that they meet your needs as well as the needs of your students

We Know Financial Assistance is Important

In our undergraduate studies programming, we know how important financial assistance is. Working with Enrollment Services, Undergraduate Admissions, and Student Awards and Financial Aid, we strive to provide financial assistance to aid your education. For more information about different funding options, see the following resources:

In our graduate programs, we, along with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, offer a wide range of funding opportunities for graduate students. Full-time graduate students on the Thunder Bay campus may be eligible for the following types of funding:

  • Graduate Assistantships: Full-time graduate students may be eligible for Graduate Assistantships (GAs). GAs are paid positions working to support a faculty member's teaching and research during the Fall and Winter terms. As a GA your duties may include, but are not limited to preparing classes, leading seminars, teaching, and marking. 
  • Scholarships, Awards and Loans: We offer a number of scholarships, awards, and loans for graduate students in Education. Many of our funding opportunities have specific application requirements, processes, and due dates. For more information, see Scholarships, Awards, and Loans and Student Loans, Grants, Scholarships, and Bursaries (Government of Ontario).