CBU adds Aboriginal Education specialization to BEd program

January 29, 2014

Cape Breton University has added a new Aboriginal Education Concentration to its Bachelor of Education program. BEd students can now choose to specialize in the teaching and learning of Aboriginal language, specifically Mi’kmaw, which is a core component of the courses in the concentration. Fluent Mi’kmaw speakers instruct Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students in teaching models and strategies for in-class language acquisition. BEd student Elizabeth Baird says, “I took the Aboriginal courses because I wanted to learn more about Aboriginal culture and teaching strategies … the learning environment was very positive. I learned many techniques and strategies that will help me be a better teacher for my students, both Native and non-Native.” The first cohort in the new Aboriginal Education Concentration will graduate in fall 2014. CBU News