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Education Programs

Programs offered by the Department of Integrated Studies in Education and the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education

Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership


The 30 credit Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership will focus on the following 5 objectives: (1) developing the core competencies of educational leaders; (2) fostering a self-reflective leader able to partner with parents to create community outreach; (3) cultivating awareness of the holistic learning and developmental cycles of the child and the role of the educational leader in enhancing that development; (4) maintaining the inter-connectedness and continuity of community and cultural values and aspirations within the structure of the administration of the school and other educational milieu; and (5) understanding and supporting the pedagogical objectives and the administrative framework of the educational context and system.

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Certificate (Cert.) First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership (30 Credits)

Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services


This program is offered by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology through First Nations and Inuit Education.

This 30-credit program is designed to provide Indigenous school personnel advisers with a training program that will enable them to learn about the principles and practice of personnel services as generally applied in educational settings, to help Indigenous student personnel advisers develop their personal skills, and to modify or adapt their services and the content to best suit the cultural and educational needs of Indigenous students; to encourage Indigenous student personnel advisers to take leadership in developing educational programs that address the social needs of their communities, to upgrade their academic qualifications and professional development; and to develop and make available, in English and in the languages of instruction, collections of professional and scholarly knowledge about students' needs, and services in Indigenous communities.

Bearers of this certificate will be qualified to work as educational and school personnel advisers within the employ of an Indigenous educational authority.

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Certificate (Cert.) First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services (30 Credits)

Certificate in Indigenous Language and Literacy Education


This 30-credit program is designed for Algonquin, Cree, Inuit, Mi'kmaq, and Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of their Indigenous language, especially in its written form. It is aimed mainly at those who will be teaching their Indigenous language.

This certificate may be taken concurrently and completed within the Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers program if the requirements for B.Ed. are fulfilled.

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Certificate (Cert.) Indigenous Language and Literacy Education (30 Credits)

Certificate in Middle School Education in Indigenous Communities


This 30-credit program focuses on developing the particular skills and abilities required of the Indigenous teacher in the middle school of his/her community. It does not lead to provincial certification. Rather, it prepares Indigenous teachers, who are bilingual or have some knowledge of their Indigenous language and who have already established themselves as teachers, to teach students at this level in ways that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. The program focuses on the particular psychological, emotional, and social needs of Aboriginal adolescents and the teacher's role in facilitating the transition between elementary and high school.

This certificate may be taken concurrently and completed within the Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers program if the requirements for the B.Ed. are fulfilled.

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Certificate (Cert.) Middle School Education in Indigenous Communities (30 Credits)

Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers - Elementary Education: Indigenous Education


This 90-credit program is designed for teachers who are already certified to teach in elementary schools and who wish to earn a Bachelor of Education degree. Normally, a minimum of 60 credits must be taken in the program, and no more than 30 credits may be transferred from other institutions. Credits may be transferred from programs leading to the certificates in Educational Technology, Second Language Teaching, Inclusive Education, or Indigenous Language and Literacy Education taken concurrently. Credit may also be transferred from the Certificate in Education for First Nations and Inuit, which is normally completed before the B.Ed. Students completing the Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers following the Certificate in Education for First Nations and Inuit will have accumulated a total of 120 credits, 60 for the certificate and a further 60 for the B.Ed.

The Certificate in Indigenous Language and Literacy Education, the Certificate in Middle School Education in Indigenous Communities, or the Certificate in First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership may be taken concurrently and completed within the Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers if the required B.Ed. profile is fulfilled. This program does not lead to further certification.

Program Outline:

Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers - Elementary Education: Indigenous Education (90 Credits)

Graduate Certificate Teaching Indigenous Education for Non Indigenous Educators


This 15-credit Graduate Certificate Program offers professional development for in-service non-Indigenous teachers supporting their growth as more effective teachers in First Nations and Inuit communities. The program addresses subjects of particular interest and need in Indigenous schools, such as cultural socialization, culturally appropriate teaching strategies, second-language teaching, and the history of Indigenous cultures and peoples.

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Graduate Certificate (Gr. Cert.) Teaching Indigenous Education for Non Indigenous Educators (15 Credits)

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Programs offered by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology 

Certificate in Inclusive Education


The Certificate in Inclusive Education is intended for regular class teachers, special educators, adult educators, and other educational personnel. The program provides a sequence of courses that will ensure a sound foundation for adapting curriculum and instruction for students with varying abilities, learning styles, and special needs. It strives to meet the needs of educators who must adapt to their changing roles in contemporary schools: (a) for general educators, to educate students with diverse needs in their heterogeneous classrooms, and (b) for special educators, to collaborate with other professionals working with exceptional students.

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Certificate (Cert.) Inclusive Education (30 Credits)

Diploma in Human Relationships, Diversity & Sexuality


The Diploma in Human Relations and Family Life Education is designed for people who, though qualified to work in their respective professional domains, may wish to acquire auxiliary skills in basic human communication, group animation, and effective interviewing

Course Outline:

Diploma (Dip.) Human Relationships, Diversity and Sexuality (30 Credits)

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