NITEP began as an elementary teacher education program in September of 1974 in response to needs expressed by Aboriginal people throughout BC for a more effective and relevant teacher education program. As of September 2004, a secondary option for those who want to teach Grades 8 to 12 was established.
Aboriginal people want a teacher education program that addresses educational issues pertinent to public and First Nations schools settings where their children attend school. These issues include curriculum, teaching methodology, testing and assessment. Aboriginal people want a teacher education program that honours and builds upon the individual’s culture.
There is a shortage of Aboriginal teachers in BC, and an increasing number of Aboriginal people desire to become teachers. NITEP was designed to meet these particular needs. The intention of the program is to build upon and strengthen the cultural heritage and identity of the professionals in training. Using these strengths as a base, students develop the skills and academic knowledge expected of beginning educators.
NITEP is a five-year concurrent program with similar requirements for both liberal education and pedagogical preparation to those prescribed for students in the Elementary, Secondary, and Middle Years 12-month options. Although the program is designed for five years, many students choose to complete the requirements in less time. Up to 12 credits may normally be completed during a summer session.
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