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Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (Community-Based)

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The Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) provides an opportunity to specialize in Aboriginal education and qualifies graduates for Ontario College of Teachers certification.

  • Teacher candidates with ATEP binders.

    ATEP teacher candidates receive orientation materials specifically related to their program.

  • Teacher candidates reading.

    ATEP teacher candidates find and share resources in the Education Library.

  • Teacher candidates in class at McArthur Hall.

    Teacher candidates attend a short summer session on the campus of Queen's University in Kingston.

  • Teacher candidates on the bus.

    Teacher candidates take a field trip to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

  • Group photo of teacher candidates with Queen’s T-shirts

    Teacher candidates bring the Queen’s spirit with them to Tyendinaga.

  • Teacher candidates outside at Tyendinaga.

    The summer session usually involves some time for socialization and enjoying the sunshine.

  • An instructor pointing to a diagram on the chalk board.

    Courses include Aboriginal-specific content.

  • A staff member and instructor smiling.

    Friendly staff and instructors lead the program in the communities and at Queen’s.

  • Students with their binders out, talking in class.

    Students work together to complete assignments and to discuss ideas.

  • Students working independently.

    There’s always a quiet place to study at Duncan McArthur Hall.

  • Traditional drumming with graduates, staff and family.

    Convocation Ceremony at Seven Generations Education Institute.

  • Staff jumping in the air.

    KTEI staff in Manitoulin Island.

Overview

  • Attend Queen's University for two summer sessions and Manitoulin-North Shore region (Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute) for four fall and winter terms.
  • Primary-Junior (PJ) divisions (JK-Grade 6).
  • Can be entered with grade 12 or equivalent if you are of Aboriginal Ancestry (Diploma in Education) or can be entered with an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Education).
  • Many courses taught by Aboriginal professors, have increased online connectivity and an emphasis on Aboriginal languages.
  • Experientially based, with 17 weeks of practice teaching in First Nations and/or Provincial schools.
  • Graduates of the Dip.Ed. who later obtain an acceptable degree can apply to Student Services to have the Diploma converted to a B.Ed.

Courses & Practicum

Learning opportunities include the application of Aboriginal perspectives and world view to theory and practice, problem solving with peers, review of Aboriginal and other curriculum resources, and supervised teaching in a First Nations or Provincial setting.

Courses are adapted to local contexts and needs, and include Aboriginal perspectives, balancing Aboriginal-specific and student-centred learning with knowledge of the teaching/learning process and research on Aboriginal education.

Program material is delivered through short, intensive community-based course sessions during the fall and winter at Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute, and on campus sessions at Queen's University for two summers.

In addition to the required curriculum courses of the regular program, all Primary-Junior (PJ) ATEP teacher candidates are required to take courses in Aboriginal Teacher Education, Theory and Professional Practice in Aboriginal Education, and Aboriginal Teacher Education Community-Based Practicum.

For more information on course requirements go to the Faculty of Education Calendar

Practicum placements consist of 17 weeks: 3 weeks in the first summer; 10 weeks in the the fall/winter terms; and 4 weeks in the second summer. Practicum placements are normally completed in blocks of 3 to 4 weeks, and may be completed in the candidate's home region. Practicum placements are offered in First Nations schools and/or Provincial schools with a significant Aboriginal student population. The community-based practicum placements are arranged by the on-site coordinator of the community site.

Admissions Requirements & Application

Applicants for the Diploma in Education must be of Aboriginal ancestry and submit documentary proof of their ancestry as specified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) when they apply to for certification. It is the candidate's responsibility to check the OCT website or contact the College (1-888-534-2222) in advance to determine what documentation is required.

For information about applying see How to Apply.  Please contact the community-based ATEP site or our toll free number below should you have any questions about program offerings and/or the application process (see Contact Us).

ATEP Services and Resources

Queen's University has many features which may be of interest to Aboriginal students, including an Aboriginal student counselling service and an Aboriginal student centre.  Access to Elders is available both on campus at Queen's and community-based at KTEI.  The ATEP Office provides a number of services and resources to students, faculty, and staff.  The ATEP Education Resource Centre at the Faculty of Education houses an extensive collection of Aboriginal education resources and general Aboriginal resources.  Aboriginal education resources are also available at the community-based site.

Throughout the academic year the community-based ATEP site host and/or partners with Aboriginal organizations to bring events that support and educate about Aboriginal education.

The Sacred Medicine Garden (Mshkiki Gitigan - Onónhkwa Nikahehtó:ten) offers our Faculty community a first-hand look at some fo the traditional medicines and agricultural practices of Indigenous people.  All the medicines and other crops that are harvested are used throughout the year in various ATEP activities.

Sample Schedule

Specific course dates for the Fall and Winter Terms are subject to instructor availability and are chosen in consultation with community partner organizations where the courses are held, to avoid scheduling conflicts with local events.

Community-based ATEP: Sample Schedule

Summer 2017

Fall/Winter 2017-2018

Summer 1

Fall 1

Winter 1

May

 

May
To
August

September
To
December

January
To
April

Community-Based

Orientation
1 week

Queen’s University
Classes

Practicum 1
3 weeks

Spring

Community-Based
Classes

Practicum 2
3 weeks
Mid-Fall

Community-Based
Classes

Practicum 3
4 weeks
Mid-Winter

 

Community-based ATEP: Sample Schedule

Summer 2018

Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Summer 2019

Summer 2

Fall 2

Fall 1

Summer 3

May
To
August

September
To
December

January
To
April

May
To
August

No
Classes

Queen’s University
Classes

Practicum 4
3 weeks
Mid-Fall

Community-Based
Classes

Community-Based
Classes

Practicum 5
4 weeks
Spring

Community-based Site

The Faculty of Education is currently accepting applications to the following Community-based ATEP sites:

Map of Ontario with the ATEP Community-based sites marked.

Contact Us

Aboriginal Teacher Education Program Office
atep@queensu.ca
1-800-862-6701

Manitoulin-North Shore ATEP
M'Chigeeng, Ontario
Natasha Abotossaway
NatashaAbotossaway@ktei.net
1-888-536-5439