Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J


An image of a gloveOur Honours Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Teacher Education) 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 Indigenous youth.

This five-year degree program prepares you to teach in the Primary/Junior level (Kindergarten to Grade 6). Once you complete our HBEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J program, we will recommend you to the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) for certification to teach in Ontario schools.

Program Information

Our five-year HBEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J program requires you, during the first two years, to complete courses in the following subjects:

  • Indigenous Learning
  • English
  • General Sciences
  • Visual Arts
  • Cree, Oji-Cree or 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 (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J Course Calendar Entry.

Enrolment Options

Our HBEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J program is a flexible learning experience, as you can enrol on a full- or part-time basis. All on-campus courses take place at our Thunder Bay campus.

Admission Requirements

To enter our HBEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J program, you must meet the following admission requirements:

  • You must be a person of Indigenous 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 (Indigenous) P/J program if you have completed a Community-based ITEP (Previously called NTEP) Diploma and/or Indigenous Language Instructor’s Diploma (previously called NLIP). 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

How to Apply

To apply for our HBEd (Indigenous) P/J program, you can use the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre's (OUAC) online applications. OUAC processes your application and then sends it to Lakehead for assessment.

HBEd (Indigenous Teacher Education) P/J OUAC Code: AGM

Where you are currently studying or have studied in the past will decide which OUAC application you will use. To access more information about the different OUAC applications as well as this program's necessary documentation, deadline dates, and how to apply, please use the following resources: