Indigenous Teacher Education Program

Join the growing number of Indigenous leaders in education who are transforming schools, organizations, and communities through Indigenous ways of knowing.

Complete a Bachelor of Education degree through the UBC Indigenous Teacher Education Program. NITEP has been delivered at the UBC Vancouver campus and in Indigenous communities for over 40 years.

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 On-Campus Centre on the UBC Vancouver campus, NITEP is also offered at field centres in the Cariboo, Lillooet, and the Fraser Valley. These centres allow students to maintain their connection to home and community while pursuing their education. 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. For over three decades, more than 380 individuals have graduated and gone on to successful careers as teachers, administrators, provincial and federal government employees, and other highly valued positions in Indigenous education. Many have continued their studies and have received Masters and Doctorate degrees.

To obtain an application or for additional information about the program, please visit:

Phone: 604 822 5240

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NITEP Indigenous Education Specialization

Indigenous students who already have a degree and want to become a certified teacher can now complete a specialization in Indigenous Education prior to entering the 11-month BEd program.

NITEP now offers a condensed 15-credit specialization at the UBC Vancouver campus over the summer term. Students must meet all prerequisites prior to entering the 11-month BEd degree program.

Classes start spring 2021!

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Specialization features:

  • 15-credit specialization offered in a condensed model (May-August)
  • Courses and curricula enhanced through Indigenous perspectives including local Elders and knowledge keepers
  • Learning alongside NITEP teacher candidates completing their BEd degree
  • Support from Indigenous mentors and educators