NITEP The Indigenous Teacher Education Program
For almost 40 years, NITEP at the University of British Columbia has delivered a teacher education program in an environment that honours diverse Aboriginal traditions and philosophies.
Graduates of the BEd program (Elementary or Secondary) are prepared to be effective educators for public, band-operated and independent schools. The First Nations Education Council, which developed and advises the program, is made up of Aboriginal educators, UBC Faculty, coordinator representatives, a BCTF representative, and NITEP student representatives.
As a contemporary program with traditional values, NITEP truly exemplifies how culture can be integrated within a mainstream post-secondary institution.
In addition to the Urban Centre on the UBC Vancouver campus, NITEP is also offered at field centres in Bella Bella, Duncan, and Kamloops. These centres allow students to maintain their connection to home and community while pursuing their education. NITEP coordinators teach in the program and assist students with course planning, advising, and arranging for tutors. The cohort structure of NITEP allows students to bond and become a family as they experience the program together. Students have likened their experience to a canoe journey; the more they pull together the easier it becomes.
NITEP students and graduates are role models and agents of change and empowerment. Over the past 39 years more than 360 individuals have graduated and gone on to successful careers as teachers, administrators, provincial and federal government employees, and other highly valued positions in Aboriginal education. Many have continued their studies and have received Masters and Doctorate degrees.