Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Indigenous Teacher Education Program (Community-Based)


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

  • Teacher candidates with ITEP binders.

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

  • Teacher candidates reading.

    ITEP 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 Indigenous-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.

  • Staff jumping in the air.

    Kenjgewin Teg staff in Manitoulin Island.


  • Applicants can choose one of three community sites offered, Kenjgewin Teg, Lambton-Kent, or Mushkegowuk Territory (exact site in Mushkegowuk Territory to be determined based on enrolment).
  • Attend classes at Queen's University for one summer session and two fall terms, two winter terms and one summer term at one of three sites, Kenjgewin Teg, Lambton-Kent, or Mushkegowuk Territory.
  • Primary-Junior (PJ) divisions (JK-Grade 6)
  • Can be entered with grade 12 or equivalent if you are of Indigenous Ancestry or can be entered with an undergraduate degree. All candidates receive a Bachelor of Education.
  • Many courses taught by Indigenous professors, have increased online connectivity and an emphasis on Indigenous languages
  • Experientially based, with 18 weeks of practice teaching in First Nations and/or Provincial schools
  • Provides the opportunity for eligible candidates who are already teaching in a school setting to qualify for the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) Transitional Certificate of Qualification and Registration (Transitional CoQR) and then, with Faculty of Education approval, to complete practicum requirements while continuing to work in their classroom teaching positions

Courses & Practicum

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

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

Program material is delivered through short, intensive community-based course sessions during the fall and winter at the community site, and on campus sessions at Queen's University for one summer.

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

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

2019-2021 Cohort - ITEP Community-Based Degree Requirements

2020-2022 Cohort - ITEP Community-Based Degree Requirements

Practicum placements consist of 18 weeks: 3 weeks in the first summer (May); 11 weeks in the fall/winter terms; and 4 weeks in the second summer (May). 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 Indigenous student population. The community-based practicum placements are arranged by the on-site coordinator of the community site.

Admissions Requirements & Application

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

Applicants admitted without an undergraduate degree must be of Indigenous 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 ITEP site or our toll free number below should you have any questions about program offerings and/or the application process (see Contact Us).

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ITEP Services and Resources

Queen's University has many features which may be of interest to Indigenous students, including an Indigenous student counselling service and an Indigenous student centre. Access to Elders is available both on campus at Queen's and community-based.  The ITEP Office provides a number of services and resources to students, faculty, and staff. Community-based staff are also available during and between classes to provide administrative and student support. Throughout the academic year the community-based ITEP site hosts and/or partners with Indigenous organizations to bring events that support and educate about Indigenous education, and provides opportunities to build upon Indigenous language proficiency.

The ITEP Education Resource Centre and Student Lounge at the Faculty of Education houses an extensive collection of Indigenous education resources and general Indigenous resources. Indigenous Education resources are also available at the community-based site, along with indoor and outdoor classroom spaces and access to a computer lab.

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 ITEP: Sample Schedule Year 1

Summer 2022

Fall/Winter 2022-2023

Summer 1

Fall 1

Winter 1






Community-based Orientation

PRAC 415

Observation Practicum 
(3 weeks)

Community-based Classes 
(2 weekends)

Campus-based Classes

at Queen's University Faculty of Education



PRAC 425
Practicum 2
(3 weeks)


PRAC 435
Practicum 3
(4 weeks)


Community-based ITEP: Sample Schedule Year 2

Summer 2023

Fall/Winter 2023-2024

Summer 2024

Summer 2

Fall 2

Winter 2

Summer 3





June to July



PRAC 445
Practicum 4
(4 weeks)


PRAC 465
Practicum 5
(4 weeks)
Community-based Sites

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

  • Manitoulin-North Shore region (Kenjgewin Teg)
  • Lambton-Kent
  • Mushkegowuk Territory (exact site to be determined based on enrolment).

Map of ITEP program site locations

Contact Us

Indigenous Teacher Education Program Office


Manitoulin-North Shore ITEP (MNS ITEP)

Kenjgewin Teg
M'Chigeeng First Nation, Ontario

MNS ITEP On-site Coordinator
Cassandra Bisson


Mushkegowuk Territory ITEP (MT ITEP)

James Bay Region

MT ITEP On-site Coordinator
Bernice Kapashesit



Lambton-Kent ITEP (LK ITEP)

Sarnia, Ontario

LK ITEP On-site Coordinator
Roberta Northmore