Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program

In partnership with Red Crow Community College, the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge is offering the Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program. After-Degree students may complete the degree as a four-semester program, while undergraduate students can complete the program as a five-year Combined-Degrees program. The Niitsitapi Teacher Education Program officially launches in late Summer 2018. The first courses students complete are Kipatapisanooni I and II which are designed to address Blackfoot language, values, and ways of knowing, all of which form the foundations of the program.

Students of Blackfoot descent interested in being capable, caring and dedicated teachers with the attitudes, personal attributes and potential to work effectively with Blackfoot children and youth are invited to apply. This program is designed to meet all of the expectations and competencies within the Alberta Teaching Quality Standard, but will further specialize in preparing teachers for teaching within the Blackfoot culture. 

Students will receive a broad range of practical experiences from school — elementary to secondary — with a strong emphasis on integrating theory with practice. Students develop a strong knowledge base in the subject area(s) they intend to teach, including both general and subject area instructional methods.

The University’s commitment to Liberal Education requires combined degrees students to spend two years of study (16 - 20 courses) in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Fine Arts, or Faculty of Management before being admitted to the Faculty of Education. After admission to the Faculty of Education students must complete a minimum of two years study (20-course equivalents), including three Professional Semesters and 27 weeks of practicum.

Upon completion, graduates will receive a Bachelor of Education degree and will be recommended to Alberta Education for teacher certification. This certificate permits a graduate to teach Grades K-12 in the Province of Alberta.

Program Outline

For information on the pre-Education program, please contact Student Program Services edu.sps@uleth.ca. Students must complete Education 2500 prior to application. Students in Combined-Degrees programs may have additional courses to complete the requirements for their second degree. The outline below identifies the program components in Education completed after admission. 

Summer 2018

   - two courses pertaining to Blackfoot culture (language, values and ways of knowing)

Fall 2018: Professional Semester I (five-course equivalent)

   - Curriculum and Instruction
   - Educational Psychology
   - Language in Education
   - Evaluation of Learning
   - Teaching Seminar
   - Communication Technology
   - Practicum (125 hours)

Spring 2019: Professional Semester II (five-course equivalent)

   - Curriculum and Instruction for Majors
   - Educational Psychology of Exceptional Learners
   - Social Context of Schooling
   - Evaluation of Student Learning
   - Practicum (150 hours)

Fall 2019

   - Education Foundations (History, Sociology, or Philosophy of Education)
   - two Education electives

Spring 2020: Professional Semester III (five-course equivalent)

   - Teaching Internship (approximately 15 weeks)