Explore Teacher Education Programs at Lakehead University

Lakehead University's Faculty of Education is a leader in teacher education. Take your passion for learning and desire to share your wealth of knowledge with our future generations by joining a community of learners where you will be recognized, challenged and surrounded by professors that will support you to reach your fullest potential.

Two Campuses to Choose From

Lakehead University offers Education programs at both the Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses. Whether you are interested in teaching kindergarten or becoming a math or physical education teacher, Lakehead University provides you with a wealth of choices. Two teaching divisions are available at the Thunder Bay campus including:

  • Primary-Junior Division (JK - Grade 6)
  • Intermediate-Senior Division (Grade 7 - 12)

The Orillia campus offers:

  • Primary-Junior Division (JK - Grade 6)

Concurrent Education

As a Concurrent Education student at Lakehead, you will study and pursue two degrees at the same time - an undergraduate degree with a specific major, such as Kinesiology, Arts & Science, Physics, English, or Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism along with a Bachelor of Education degree. As a leader in teacher education, Lakehead University offers you almost 100 Concurrent Education program combinations to choose from.

You will study courses for your major in the first three or four years (three for a non-honours degree; four for an honours degree). You will begin taking Education classes in your first year of the program and complete a 40-hour student teaching placement in your second year. In your final two years, called your Professional Program, you will study Education exclusively.

Hands-On Learning

To complement your studies in your Concurrent Education degrees, you will enjoy hands-on learning through teacher education placements. Lakehead University has partnerships with school boards across the province. From Thunder Bay and Orillia to downtown Toronto or maybe even a northern community, your placements will challenge you to teach students of various ages and in different subjects while learning from teaching professionals that will mentor and guide you. During your final two years of study (your Professional Program), you will complete 100 days of in-class placement: 50 days in year one in a school local to your campus (Thunder Bay or Orillia), and 50 days in year two, which you may choose to undertake in one of our 50+ partnership school boards in the province of Ontario.

Aboriginal Education

At the Thunder Bay campus, Lakehead University offers a unique 5-year Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal) program in the Primary-Junior Division that focuses on working with Aboriginal children.

Also offered at the Thunder Bay campus are Native Teacher Education Programs, in which you will become familiar with the social and cultural customs and values of Native communities so you can effectively meet the needs of your future students.

For those wishing to teach Native as a Second Language, Lakehead offers the Native Language Instructors' Program at the Thunder Bay campus.

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Extraordinary Opportunity

Through this extraordinary experience, I have been able to apply my knowledge and skills from my teacher education at Lakehead into a culturally-unique atmosphere. There are many differences from teaching in Ontario, but what is overwhelmingly similar is the passion for learning and education in general. Within this unique environment, I have grown as a teacher, and a person through being immersed in an entirely different culture and educational system. My learning here has been unconventional to say the least, and has enabled me to explore my passion for travel.

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Jason Bruce

Teaching and Travel

Initially, I chose Lakehead because it was one of the few universities that offered Native Studies as a teachable...

Jason Bruce, from Toronto, through connections with other Lakehead Education alumni, secured a teaching position in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Program Offerings within the Faculty of Education

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Orillia Campus:


Lakehead University Education graduates are successfully working all across the globe in a number of teaching and related professions. With an Education degree from Lakehead, you can take your degree both inside and outside the classroom. It is your passport to the world! Potential careers for you to discover include some of the following:

  • Teacher
  • Career Counsellor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • ESL Teacher
  • Youth Program Director
  • Recruiter
  • Social Service Worker
  • Education Counsellor
  • Librarian
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Writer/Author
  • College or Vocational Instructor
  • Public Servant



Apply Today

The application deadline for Ontario High School students to apply for Fall 2018 is January 17, 2018. To apply, please visit the Ontario Universities' Application Centre. We look forward to receiving your application!

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