Indigenous Education Programs

Summer 2020

Application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020! 

  • Indigenous Teacher Education Program, Year 1

  • Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language, Year 1

  • Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program, Year 1 & 2

Important Update due to COVID-19

Because of the changing nature of the current COVID-19 health crisis and the uncertainty of when current provincial and federal guidelines and legislation related to COVID-19 will end (ie. social distancing, restriction of groups 5 or larger, etc.), Nipissing University is unable to guarantee when its entire North Bay campus, including classrooms, residence services, libraries and cafeterias will resume regular operations and be open to the general public. As such, academic programming for the summer-based Indigenous Education Programs will be delivered using online learning systems.

In addition, because of the transition to online learning this year, the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) and the Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language Program (TILSL) will be delivered over 3 years. 

Please note that we have extended the application deadline to June 1, 2020 to assist applicants who maybe having difficulty accessing admission documentation at this time.

We deeply appreciate your continued support during this difficult time. Please know that the entire Nipissing University community of support staff, administrators and faculty are working hard to prepare enriching and engaging programs so that your individual goal of becoming an OCT Certified teacher or an educational assistant will begin this summer!

For more information on Nipissing’s response to COVID-19, including FAQs, please visit

Indigenous Teacher Education Program

After completing the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (ITEP) you will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers, in the Primary and Junior division. As a qualified elementary school teacher, you will acquire the necessary pedagogical skills and knowledge combined with a strong personal understanding of Indigenous traditions, culture and heritage to build strong learning environments for Indigenous and non-Indigenous children.

Teacher of Indigenous Language as a Second Language Program

After completing the Teacher of Indigenous Languages as a Second Language Program (TILSL), you will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Qualification and Registration from the Ontario College of Teachers, in an Indigenous language from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The TILSL Program is OCT certified to offer the following Indigenous language teacher programs:

  • Anishnaabemwin
  • Cayuga
  • Mohawk
  • Lunaape
  • Cree

Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program

When you complete the Indigenous Classroom Assistant Diploma Program (ICADP) you will be qualified to work, under the professional direction of the classroom teacher and school Principal, as a classroom assistant with Indigenous and non-Indigenous school children.


Application and Program Information - Summer 2020

Application Form for Summer 2020 Programs

Please find application under Full Time Studies - Summer Start

Additional admission documents required for TILSL applicants - Fluency Attestation Form

Additional admission documents required for ITEP and TILSL applicants - Please visit "Admission Requirements for Programs (see above) for specific information on additional documentation.

Family Support Programs/Summer Camps

All students enrolled in our Indigenous Education Programs have access to a wide range of supports for students and their family members, including summer day camps for children (see below for specific information).

Summer 2020 - The Youth Experience Program is cancelled this summer as all academic programming for the Indigenous Education Programs will be delivered online. We welcome back our camp participants next summer (2021) when we return to on-campus programming. 

Youth Experience Program

The Youth Experience Program provides daily fun and educational activities for children aged 3-8 years of age, Monday to Friday to support the students of our summer-based Indigenous Education Programs. For specific information on this year's and last year's activities, please visit our Youth Experience Program website​.

​NUScience Explorations

We are happy to offer exciting Science and Technology camps for children aged 8 to 12 years of age. Each week focuses on a different science-based theme. For more information, please visit our NUScience Explorations​ website.

Contact Information



phone: 705.474.3450 ext. 4463