Bachelor of Education (BEd) - WABAAN Indigenous Teacher Education

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report, the Faculty in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board Indigenous Education Centre offers admission to a special cohort of students who will complete the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree with a focus on Indigenous worldviews. Wabaan Indigenous Teacher Education  will educate a new generation of teachers prepared to address the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities. Wabaan will be grounded in Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy and will include teachings from Indigenous Elders, educators, and community leaders.

Wabaan is an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) word meaning it is tomorrow. It signifies commitment to a holistic program of teaching and learning that acknowledges the impacts of colonialism, and draws on the wisdom of ancestral teachings and contemporary leaders to put Indigenous futures into Indigenous hands. Wabaan Indigenous Teacher Education will include attention to contemporary urban, rural and reserve perspectives and teachings from a diversity of nations. Students will be introduced to cultural and community resources and have opportunities to learn from and with Indigenous educators.

Some features of the program are:

  • Community-centred
    Held in Toronto for a special cohort of teachers who will take most classes together. Students will work with faculty members, guest speakers and others from the community to gain knowledge, insight and skills for teaching and learning in Ontario schools
  • Condensed schedule
    • Complete a full two-year degree in four consecutive semesters (16 months)
    • Classes will take place in a continuous schedule of terms (Summer-Fall-Winter-Summer)
    • Click here for a list of required courses
  • Location
    Students will take courses in a downtown Toronto school location that is easily accessible by transit (TTC and GO transit). They will also participate in community practicum placements and school practicum placements in order to gain practical skills and experiences to qualify for the BEd degree.
  • Focused curriculum
    Courses and experiences infused with a focus on Indigenous education.
    Note: Special elective courses will be available to students in this cohort

Graduates will be certified to teach in Ontario in one of the following grade levels:

  • Primary-Junior (JK to Grade 6)
  • Junior-Intermediate (Grade 4 to Grade 10)

Individuals who match the following criteria may apply to the program:

  • First Nation,  Métis or Inuit
  • Interested in becoming a qualified teacher in the province of Ontario in either the Primary-Junior or Junior-Intermediate divisions
  • A holder of a secondary school graduation diploma and/or a university degree

Applicants will submit the online supplementary application form which will include:

  • a personal statement (indicating why you would like to be a teacher, especially with an Indigenous education focus)
  • two letters of reference (from those who have seen you working with children, preferably in a supervisory role)
  • submission of official transcripts (mailed directly from the issuing institution)*

*Please note specifications on official transcripts if you are applying to:

  • Primary-Junior (JK to grade 6): minimum Secondary School transcripts and any college or university transcripts from the institution where you have attended.
  • Junior-Intermediate (grades 4-10): minimum university transcript(s) from the institution where you completed your degree and any other transcripts from other post-secondary institutions that you have attended.

Click here for a list of required courses

For more information and specific details on How to Apply, please contact the Office of Student Services in the Faculty of Education at osp@edu.yorku.ca.  You are also welcome to submit your email and/or phone and we can contact you.