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. Waaban 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. Waaban will be grounded in Indigenous Knowledge and Pedagogy and will include teachings from Indigenous Elders, educators, and community leaders.
Waaban 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. Waaban 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:
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
Students will take courses at the Urban Indigenous Education Centre - 16 Phin Avenue accessible by TTC (Donlands subway station). 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 teaching panels:
- Primary-Junior (JK to Grade 6)
- Junior-Intermediate (Grade 4 to Grade 10)
- Program in Spring 2019 has now begun!
- The next cohort is scheduled to begin in Spring 2021.
Please note that admissions processes for the Waaban cohort will take place every other year.
Who can apply?
Individuals who match the following criteria may apply to the program:
- Indigenous peoples - First Nation (Status or Non-Status), Métis or Inuit
- Must have a secondary school graduation diploma and/or a university degree
- Non-Indigenous people (must have a demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous people's languages, histories, cultures, experiences, and perspectives)
- Must have a university degree
- 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
- Because this program takes place in an active school building, students are required to have completed and to present an original copy of their current, cleared Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening before the first day of class.
How to apply
The deadline for entering the 2019 cohort has passed. However, please consider applying for entry to the Waaban cohort that will begin studies in the Spring 2021.
Once the application has been processed through the Office of Student Services, Faculty Education, applicants will be sent an email with NEXT STEPS.