BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S


We originally created the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP), previously known as NTEP, to help increase the number of qualified Indigenous teachers in Ontario. These are innovative programs, which prepare you to meet the educational needs of Indigenous communities, while addressing elements of Indigenous heritage, identity, and language.

This is an important program because teachers who have an in-depth knowledge of Indigenous traditions, practices, and languages are best able to meet the needs and interests of Indigenous learners

Our BA/BEd Program

The BA/BEd, Indigenous Learning Major, I/S prepares future teachers to teach at the Intermediate/Senior (Grades 7 - 12) level. You will have to choose appropriate teachable subjects at the I/S level.

For more information about the different teaching divisions, as well as their corresponding teachables, please see the Ontario College of Teacher's Teaching Divisions page and our Teachable Subjects page.


For information about this program’s course schedule as well as its individual course descriptions, please see our BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S Course Calendar Entry.

The BA/BEd program allows you to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree while concurrently working toward your Bachelor of Education degree. 

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. For course information visit the BA/BEd Course Calendar Entry.

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.

BA/BEd (Indigenous Learning Major) I/S OUAC Code: AJB

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


The Department of Aboriginal Education also offers a Certificate for students in the Faculty's other Concurrent programs, who would like additional preparation to teach indigenous students: