About

The Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is a four year education program designed for First Nations students interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree.


Quick facts
  • 4 year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school

What you will learn

With the ITEP program, you'll have an opportunity to learn where you live. ITEP is delivered on-campus in Saskatoon and through cohorts of students across the province. Below are the communities that have most recently hosted a cohort:

  • Big River Cree First Nation
  • Sakewew High School, North Battleford
  • Onion Lake Cree Nation

You'll be able to focus on either elementary/middle years education or secondary (high school) education.

A first-year schedule sample

There is a lot of flexibility in your Education degree. You will pick two different teaching areas and you'll have electives to enhance your program. Below is an example of what your first year might look like, assuming you're in the elementary/middle years program:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
ENG 110.6 Literature and Composition
INDG 107.3 Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies
ART 112.6 Drawing I Foundation
EFDT 101.3 Introduction to Education
BIOL 120.3 The Nature of Life

Winter Term
CREE 110.3 nehiyawetan "Let Us Speak Cree"
ENG 110.6 Literature and Composition
ART 112.6 Drawing I Foundation
POLS 111.3 Democracy in Canada and the United States
EFDT 301.3 Educator Identity in Contexts Anti Oppressive and Ethical Beginnings

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Here are just a few of the classes you might take while you complete this degree:

INDG 210.3: Indigenous Ways of Knowing
This course introduces students to the rich and complex natures, forms and diversities of Indigenous Knowledge in comparative and local contexts. The focus will be on the relevance of local/traditional/Indigenous knowledge to decolonization, environmental sustainability, and self-governance.

EDST 322: Field Experience Relational Curriculum Making in Practice Planning Adapting and Assessing
Teacher candidates will engage in weekly school-based experiences where they will engage with learners, peers and partner teachers in practice to more deeply understand curriculum making, languages of knowing, socio-culturally responsive pedagogies and implications in planning and assessment.

EXPR 422: Professional Internship Field Experience
The extended practicum is a period of intensive field study experience where interns are expected to develop and demonstrate program outcomes in the categories of professional, knowledge, instructional and curricular competency. Interns will work with one or more co-operating teachers and will function as professionals-in-training, engaging with students and their families, and working alongside colleagues on a regular and in-depth basis, team-teaching, planning units, lessons and other school-based programs, and progressing toward a full teaching load within their school context. Assessment for internship will address Ministry of Education teacher competency goals within the framework of the Professional Growth Portfolio (PGP).

ITEP has been serving First Nations education since 1972 and is the largest First Nations-specific teacher education program in the country. Through this four-year program to earn your Bachelor of Education degree, you will learn to respond to the cultural needs of First Nations students, communities and stakeholders. ITEP offers a holistic, family-oriented approach to post-secondary education, centered around the expertise of our instructors, Elders, Wisdom Carriers and counsellors.

The success of ITEP is reflected in the number and quality of its graduates over the past 40+ years. The graduates of ITEP have taken on leadership roles in teaching, administration, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous governance. Our alumni have also been instrumental in providing culturally appropriate educational opportunities for their children, fulfilling the dream of “Indian Control of Indian Education”. This program will:

  • prepare you to function effectively in a cross-cultural setting and overcome any barriers that might hinder this process.
  • reinforce cultural awareness and identity so you can encourage students to appreciate their heritage.
  • provide you with the opportunity to complete your extended practicum in First Nations schools.

Careers

The skills you develop in the College of Education can take you not only to the classroom, but out into the community or around the world. Just a few of the careers our graduates pursue include:

  • Pre-K to 12 teacher
  • Adult educator
  • Advocate
  • Youth worker
  • Community program coordinator
  • Library services
  • Politician
  • Educational administrator
  • Curriculum developer
  • Instructional designer
  • High school counsellor or Academic advisor
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Musician
  • Business/management
  • Communications
  • Health and recreation

Once you graduate and after you receive your teaching certificate from the province of Saskatchewan, you will be certified to teach any grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,134 $15,948
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,469 $18,283

Tuition will vary depending  on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

The Bachelor of Education degree is offered by the College of Education. You have two options when completing this program: 

Elementary/Middle Years

Choose this if you want to teach students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. The curriculum offers a general approach to various subjects to provide a wide exposure to the subjects and teaching methods you will use in elementary and middle years classrooms.

Secondary

Choose this if you want to teach students in Grades 9 through 12. You will specialize further in two teaching areas to concentrate your expertise in specific high school subjects.

As part of your Education degree, you'll choose two teaching areas to specialize in. These subject areas are closely aligned with Saskatchewan pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum areas:

  • Arts education
  • English language arts
  • Indigenous studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages
  • Physical education
  • Science
  • Social science / social studies

As part of your Education degree, you'll choose two teaching areas to specialize in. These subject areas are closely aligned with Saskatchewan pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 curriculum areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English language arts
  • Indigenous studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern languages
  • Physics
  • Social sciences / social studies
  • Visual arts

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application Deadline
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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