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Aboriginal Teacher Education Program


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

Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

For more information go to Traditional Territories on the Queen's Encyclopedia.


  • Offered to Concurrent Education students in their final year as well as Consecutive Education teacher candidates.
  • Especially suited to both Aboriginal (Status, non-Status, or Métis) and non-Aboriginal students with a university degree who are interested in Aboriginal education. Non-Aboriginal students are also invited to apply, but priority is given to Aboriginal applicants.
  • 4 successive terms, starting in May and ending in August the following year. Queen's graduates are out into the job market early.
  • For both Primary-Junior (JK-Grade 6) and Intermediate-Senior (Grades 7-12).
  • Courses include Aboriginal perspectives, balancing Aboriginal-specific and student-centred learning with knowledge of the teaching/learning process, and research on Aboriginal education.
  • Learning opportunities include: Aboriginal-specific programming, 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 schools.
  • Students have access to our Elder-in-Residence who is available to support Indigenous students. 

Courses and Practicum

In addition to the required curriculum courses of the regular program, all PJ and IS ATEP teacher candidates are required to take specific courses in Aboriginal Teacher Education. See the Academic Calendar for degree requirements and course descriptions.

Regular Practicum placements mean that you will work alongside other education professionals in classrooms for 21 weeks: one component in the first summer (3 weeks); two components in the fall (3 weeks each); one component in the winter term (4 weeks) followed by an alternative practicum (3 weeks); and one component in the second summer (4 weeks). Candidates in the ATEP program normally complete the winter term (4 week) practicum in a First Nations School or school that has a large Aboriginal population.  The winter term practicum must be completed with Queen’s designated catchment area, or an approved setting outside the catchment area.

The three-week Alternative Practicum offers an opportunity to gain experience in a concentration and placements are typically completed outside the public school system. The alternative practicum may be completed in the candidate's home community area where possible.  You can do the Alternative Practicum anywhere in the world as long as it is related to your program. There are travel fellowships available that can help you get there.

Admissions Requirements

Selection of Consecutive Education teacher candidates is based on the application requirements in TEAS Requirements for Queen's as well as the supplemental documents submitted to Student Services.  See How to Apply.

Selection of Concurrent Education teacher candidates is based on their applications made in December of year 4.

Apply now to our ATEP program

ATEP Campus-based Events

Throughout the academic year the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program hosts and/or partners with Aboriginal organizations to bring events that support and educate about Aboriginal education. Examples of these events are provided below.

  • Aboriginal Education Resource Market
  • Aboriginal Speakers Series

Contact Us

For more information regarding admission, please contact Student Services.

For information regarding the program, please contact the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program Office 1-800-862-6701