Indian Teacher Education Program, College of Education, University of
Saskatchewan will celebrate 40 years of teacher preparation in February 2013.
The program was established in 1972-73 as a two and a half-year program leading
to a two-year Standard “A” certificate. The program has evolved to a four-year Elementary and Secondary Program leading to a Bachelor of Education degree and a
Professional "A" certificate. ITEP continues to meet the mandate of
post-secondary education in Saskatchewan for First Nations educators.
ITEP is committed to delivering a high-caliber program to First Nations students and is funded through a contribution agreement between Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (ISSP) and the University of Saskatchewan.
The success of ITEP is reflected in the number and quality of its graduates over the past thirty-nine years. The graduates of ITEP have taken on leadership roles in teaching, administration, and band governance in the communities they serve. They have also been instrumental in providing culturally appropriate educational opportunities for their children.
Objectives of the Program
- Provide an opportunity for First Nations people to become classroom teachers and provide an educational experience which will give individuals more freedom to specialize in specific areas.
- Increase the number of First Nations teachers in Saskatchewan and other parts of Canada who will meet the social and cultural needs of the Aboriginal community, as well as contribute to school systems where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children make up the student population.
- Give First Nations adult students the opportunity to develop the necessary academic skills to be successful in completing all requirements for the Bachelor of Education degree and a Professional "A" certificate.
- Prepare students to function effectively in a cross-cultural setting and overcome any barriers that might hinder this process.
- Reinforce cultural awareness and identity so the teacher will encourage students to appreciate their heritage.
- Provide ITEP interns with the opportunity to complete their extended practicum in First Nations schools.
- Inspire students to be role models so that other First Nations students will realize their potential and recognize the contributions they can make to their community and society at large.
- Develop and implement relevant materials and techniques in the classroom that will better serve the needs of First Nations children.
- Give students an opportunity to broaden their educational horizons and provide avenues for them to specialize in areas that are becoming new focuses in education.
- Provide students with the opportunity to obtain an area of specialization in an Aboriginal language that will allow them to instruct and communicate in this area, and consequently, be instrumental in the preservation of the language.
Unique Features of the Program
- Cross-cultural education is incorporated into the course work through the utilization of Elders and resource people of Aboriginal ancestry.
- Cree language program and cultural teaching.
- On-going tutorial, academic counselling services are provided by the ITEP team.
- ITEP attributes its success to the strong network of students who are experts in the delivery of cross-cultural education.