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Degree Requirements for Indigenous Teacher Education

Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) Elementary & Middle Years and Secondary Options

NITEP builds upon Aboriginal identity and cultural heritage while preparing and challenging persons of Aboriginal ancestry to be effective educators for public, First Nations and independent schools.

Both the NITEP Elementary & Middle Years and the NITEP Secondary Options are five-year concurrent programs. They include similar requirements for both liberal education and pedagogical preparation to those prescribed for students in the Elementary & Middle Years or Secondary 11-month options.

Persons of Aboriginal ancestry who qualify for university admission complete two or three years of studies at one of the NITEP field centres where the program consists of Arts and science courses, pedagogical courses, and structured education placements. Students attend the UBC campus to complete remaining degree requirements.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Education degree, a student must normally complete all requirements within ten years of initial registration in the program.

Although the program is designed for five years, many students choose to complete the requirements in less time. Up to 12 credits may normally be completed during a summer session.

NITEP Elementary Option

NITEP Elementary Education students qualify for the Bachelor of Education (Elementary & Middle Years) degree and the British Columbia Professional Teaching Certificate after completing all prescribed courses and practica.

Academic Component1
English 100-level2 Literature and Composition 6
Canadian studies 3
Science 3
Mathematics2 3
Senior Academic Courses 18
Approved Electives 36
Indigenous Concentration
EDUC 140 3
EDUC 141 3
EDUC 143 2
EDUC 240 3
EDUC 244 2
EDUC 344 2
EDCP 362d 3
LLED 336 3
EDUC 442 1
Professional Courses
EPSE 317 3
EDCP 301 2
EDCP 308 2
EDCP 320 2
EDCP 331 2
EDCP 340 2
EDCP 349 2
EDUC 315 2
EDUC 321 1
EPSE 308 3
EPSE 310 2
EPSE 311 1
LLED 350 3
LLED 351 2
LLED 352 2
LLED 353 2
EDST 401 3
EDST 403 1
EDST 404 1
EDUC 418 12
EDUC 430 1
EDUC 440 3
EDUC 450 2
EDUC 451 2
EDUC 452 2
Total Credits 151
1 Students should consult with NITEP regarding course planning. All courses must be university level.
2 English and mathematics must be completed in order to advance to fourth year.

Before beginning the Professional Courses, students must have completed at least 90 credits (including 6 credits of first-year English and other required courses) and have achieved an average of 65% on their best 60 credits.

NITEP Secondary Option

NITEP secondary education students complete all required education courses offered in the field centres. NITEP secondary students must complete the academic course requirements necessary to present a Major, two Concentrations, or a Major and a Concentration. See Secondary Teaching Field Requirements. NITEP Secondary Option students complete their remaining degree requirements with students in the Secondary 11-month option.

Upon successful completion of the NITEP Secondary Option, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree from the University of British Columbia and may apply for a professional teaching certificate from the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch.

Academic Component1
English 100-level2 Literature and Composition 6
Academic Arts/science prerequisites and/or electives3 33
Senior academic courses4 (Two teachable subjects at 18-24 cr. each OR one teachable subject at 30 cr.) 30-42
Indigenous Studies
EDUC 140 3
EDUC 141 3
EDUC 143 2
EDUC 240 3
EDUC 244 2
EDCP 362d 3
EDUC 344 2
LLED 336 3
EDUC 442 1
Professional Courses
EDCP Curriculum I (Required) 3
EDCP Curriculum II (Elective) 3
EDCP Curriculum III 3
EDCP Elective 3
EDUC 315 2
EDUC 421 12
EPSE 308 3
EPSE 310 3
EPSE 311 1
EPSE 317 3
LLED 360 3
LLED 361 3
EDST 401 3
EDST 403 1
EDST 404 1
EDUC 430 1
EDUC 440 3
EDUC 450 3
EDUC 451 3
EDUC 452 3
Total Credits 151-162
1 Students should consult with NITEP regarding course planning. All courses must be university-level.
2 English must be completed in order to advance to fourth year.
3 Includes requirements for teachable subjects.
4 Completes requirements for teachable subjects.
5 As per the summer term registration guide, published by Education.

In order to be promoted to their professional years, students must have completed requirements for teachable subjects and have achieved a minimum average of 65% in these subjects.

Page last updated: May 26, 2017

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