About

The Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education (SUNTEP) program is a four-year program designed for Métis and non-status Aboriginal students who want to teach at either the elementary/middle years or secondary level.


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

What you will learn

Offered by the Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI) in partnership with the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, students enrol at the Prince Albert or Saskatoon locations. The program includes Indigenous studies and cross-cultural education. Field experience begins early in the program and continues through to graduation. Classroom experience includes but is not limited to urban centres, rural communities, northern schools, First Nations schools and the Catholic School Division.

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 program:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
EFDT 101.3 Introduction to Education
INDG 107.3 Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies
DRAM 104.6 Introduction to Theatre
ENG 113.3 Literature and Composition Reading Narrative
KIN 146.3 Physical Activity and School Aged Children and Youth

Winter Term
DRAM 104.6 Introduction to Theatre (continued)
ENG 114.3 Literature and Composition Reading Culture
HIST 125.3 History Matters Indigenous Colonial and Post colonial Histories
EFDT 313.3 Pedagogies of Place Context Based Learning Elementary
ECUR 435.3 Michif Language Learning and Epistemology

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 280.6: Metis History in Western Canada
Through lectures and seminar readings, the origin and development of the Metis is analyzed. Emphasizes the historical significance of the Metis in the development of Western Canada. Discusses contemporary issues of the Metis.

ECUR 435.3: Michif Language Learning and Epistemology
This is an introductory course on Michif/Metis Language, Learning and Epistemology. The purpose of the course is to develop basic competency in the Michif Language and to acquaint students with the interrelationship of Michif culture and traditions. Students will develop concepts, tools, and resources to integrate cultural learning with the Social Studies/Native Studies curriculum.

EXPR 422.15: 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).

This program is available to students in both Prince Albert and Saskatoon, making access to classes easier for potential students.

Because the program is direct-entry, students have several opportunities for field experience in both traditional and holistic approaches, ensuring that Aboriginal culture is present throughout the training.

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.

* only offered at Saskatoon location.

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 sciences / social studies*

* Typically the Teaching Area 1 offered by SUNTEP

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

* Typically the Teaching Area 1 offered by SUNTEP

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

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

Ready to apply?

Applications for this program are available through Gabriel Dumont Institute.

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