What will I learn?

Our Department of Aboriginal Education offers people of Aboriginal descent, as well as people wishing to teach Aboriginal learners, with the opportunity to learn or increase their knowledge of a Native language, and to learn to become a teacher.

As part of the Faculty of Education, our undergraduate programs give you the knowledge, qualifications and cultural understanding to make a difference in your students' lives. We use a multidisciplinary approach to address the academic, cultural and traditional needs of Aboriginal students, educators and communities. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Teaching practices as they relate to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students
  • Planning and teaching lessons that apply to different types of learners
  • Aboriginal culture and practices as they relate to education

As well, some programs give you the opportunity to learn:

  • Aboriginal languages to communicate with learners

There are two undergraduate degree programs to choose from, which lead to certification by the Ontario College of Teachers (OTC), and will allow you to teach in both Band-operated and provincial schools:

Honours Bachelor of Education (Aboriginal) Primary-Junior

This five-year degree program prepares you to teach at the Primary-Junior (P/J) level (from kindergarten to grade 6). During the first two years you will take courses on the following topics:

  • Indigenous Learning
  • English
  • General Sciences
  • Visual Arts
  • Cree

In your final two years you will focus on educational theories and practices and complete an Honours project that demonstrates your learning in an original and culturally appropriate way.

Future Careers

  • Teaching in your area and division of study
  • Community Development Officer
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Translator
  • Arts and Culture Officer
  • Journalist
  • Social Worker
  • Second Language Teacher
  • Aboriginal Consultant/Advisor
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Band Communications Officer
  • Program Coordinator
  • School Counsellor
  • Principal
  • Director of Education
  • Tutor
  • Writer
  • Training & Development Specialist
  • Adult Literacy Teacher
  • Grant Writer
  • Athletics Director
  • Youth Worker

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$26,500.00 (15,67,120) per year
Tuition CAN $26,500 - CAN $34,000 (Tuition varies by program)

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2022

Start date

6 September 2022

Venue

Lakehead University

Thunder Bay Campus,

955 Oliver Road,

THUNDER BAY,

Ontario (ON),

P7B 5E1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent. Program-Specific Prerequisite courses completed at the senior level (e.g. Grade 12); Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian). Achieve a minimum admission average of 70% based on senior level (i.e. Grade 12) or equivalent courses; Complete a minimum of four academic courses at the senior level or equivalent; Satisfy the program specific prerequisites by completing academic courses at the senior level or equivalent; and Obtain high school diploma from an accredited institution. Applicants are not required to complete an ACT or SAT. TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); Michigan English Test (MET): Minimum Score: 85; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL CE - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (Computer Edition): Minimum Score: 60.

For international students

Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent.

Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian).

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language (paper based): Minimum Score: 550 (no component score less than 50); TOEFL (computer based): Minimum Score: 213 (no component score less than 17); TOEFL (internet based): Minimum Score: 80 (no component score less than 19); IELTS (academic test) - International English Language Testing System: Minimum Score: 6.5 (no individual score less than 6.0); Michigan English Test (MET): Minimum Score: 85; CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment, CAEL CE - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (Computer Edition): Minimum Score: 60.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Confederation College
  • Sheridan College (Ontario)
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About Lakehead University

Lakehead fosters student success through academic mentorship, hands-on learning and cutting-edge research, all within a beautiful natural environment.

  • Top undergraduate research university in Canada (2015-2019)
  • In Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities
  • Based in Ontario, with campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia
  • 97.7 percent employment rate within two years of graduation