Indigenous Teacher Education Programs

We have two Indigenous Teacher Education programs at Queen’s – one that is full-time, on-campus, called the Indigenous Teacher Education Program and is considered a program track and the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (community-based) which is a blended-format program with three community site options: Kenjgewin Tag, Lambton-Kent, or Mushkegowuk Territory. The community-based program has most courses taking place on weekends or in blended format which provides the flexibility for students to work while finishing the program.

Both programs provide an opportunity for graduates to specialize in Indigenous education, a Bachelors of Education (BEd), and allow graduates to be eligible for Ontario College of Teachers certification.

Please note that we also have a Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education (WISE) blended format program.

  ITEP On-Campus ITEP Community Based
Length 16 months – you start in May and finish in August of the following year 6 terms (or about 2 years) You can find a sample schedule on the program page
Location All classes take place at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. The practicum blocks take place in schools within the designated catchment area, which includes 26 boards spanning from Burlington to Cornwall. You will complete a practicum registration where you select four different potential school boards for placement. Applicants can choose one of four community sites offered: Kenjgewin Teg, Lambton-Kent, Tyendinaga, or Mushkegowuk Territory (exact site in Mushkegowuk Territory to be determined based on enrolment). In-person classes in the community take place over 4 weekends per term over 5 terms and there are two 4-week July sessions, one that takes place at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and one that takes place in the community. Some classes take place in blended format. 
Practicum Practicum 21 weeks, with four weeks normally completed in a First Nations school or school that has a large Indigenous population. 18 weeks of practicum that take place in a First Nation and/or Provincial School
Admissions Especially suited to both Indigenous (Status, non-Status, or Métis) and non-Indigenous students with a university degree who are interested in Indigenous education. Non-Indigenous students are also invited to apply, but priority is given to Indigenous applicants. Can be admitted to the program with grade 12 or equivalent if you are of Indigenous ancestry. Can also be admitted with an undergraduate degree, including non-Indigenous applicants. All candidates will receive a Bachelor of Education.
Teaching Credentials Primary-Junior or Intermediate-Senior Primary-Junior