This three-year teacher education diploma program leads to a Northwest Territories teaching certificate, or students may opt for a four-year University of Saskatchewan Bachelor of Education which leads to a NWT professional teaching certificate. With a three-year teaching certificate, graduates are qualified and certified to teach Kindergarten to Grade 9 in the Northwest Territories. There is a transfer credit agreement between the University of Saskatchewan and Aurora College. The four-year Bachelor of Education degree is offered annually at Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith and the three-year diploma is offered in community-based deliveries on a rotational basis.
“Being a part of the Bachelor of Education Program through Aurora College
was very benefi cial for me because the classes were small, the instructors
always had time for me and it was close to my family and friends. Since
Aurora College often brought instructors and ITEP staff in from the University
of Saskatchewan, I felt that they supported my needs and the needs of
my fellow students. Completing the program was my biggest goal for many
years and is now the best accomplishment that I can put onto a resume.
I am very grateful for being able to complete my education in the North...the
learning will not stop here.”
- Laurie Balsillie, Graduate
U of S Advantage
This Fort Smith based program provides the opportunity for residents from communities within the Northwest Territories to take classes towards a Bachelor of Education and remain close to their families and home.
ACTEP students have the opportunity to participate in field experiences throughout the first three years of their diploma and degree programs. During the first year of the program, students participate in 30 hours of school-based volunteering and observation. During the spring semester of the second year, students complete the first of two eight-week practicum placements. During this practicum, students gradually build up to teaching half-days during the last two weeks of their placement.
In the winter semester of the third year, students complete their second eight-week practicum placement. Students gradually build from half-days to full-time teaching during the last two weeks of this placement. Students further benefit by regular observation and mini-teaching opportunities in local schools in conjunction with their professional methods courses throughout their entire program.
Please contact Aurora College directly for admission information.
This program is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students from the Northwest Territories. Upon completion of the B.Ed. degree, students are qualifi ed to teach in any jurisdiction that recognizes a U of S B.Ed. degree and Aurora College diploma graduates will be eligible to teach at the K-9 level in the NWT only. The program is also open to southern individuals who wish to pursue their teacher training in a uniquely Northern and Aboriginal setting
Details about the application process are available at http://www.auroracollege.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/Admission_Procedures.aspx