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A group of students gathered in a tipi around a fire for class in the late fall

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A group of students gathered in a tipi around a fire for class in the late fall


Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies, School of Education

Education: Indigenous B.Ed.

A fully-accredited educational experience, this concurrent five-year program – the first of its kind in North America – allows students to complete three years of general studies and two years of professional studies, all in one degree.

Schools all over Canada are in need of Indigenous educators, and an educational environment that honours the culture, language and world view of the Indigenous student is critical. Trent’s highly unique Indigenous B.Ed. program puts Indigenous knowledge and perspectives at the forefront of teacher training, providing self-identified First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous students with the opportunity to become exceptional educators.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.Ed.


  • Peterborough

Resume Boosters:

  • Enjoy education placement opportunities in every year of your degree
  • Attend traditional gatherings and connect with elders, traditional knowledge holders and surrounding Indigenous communities
  • Benefit from Mohawk or Ojibwe language instruction in first year and learning opportunities on the land and water
Trent students collaborate on project work

“A critical factor in improving Aboriginal students’ academic success is the presence of teachers who understand how Aboriginal students learn and the challenges that they face.”

Dr. David Roy Newhouse

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Counsellor
  • Government Worker
  • Policy Officer
  • Educational Consultant
  • Indigenous Education Advisor

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Program Requirements:

  • Self-identify as Indigenous and must have 70% average in six 4 U/M credits including ENG 4U (60% minimum for this course)
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