UAlberta ATEP expands to train Indigenous teachers for secondary schools

September 18, 2017

The University of Alberta’s Aboriginal Teacher Education Program now offers an urban stream that equips graduates to teach junior and senior high school, reports the Edmonton Journal. The ATEP program offers bachelor of education students extra support in the form of elders and mentors, a dedicated lounge, and extra professional development. The Edmonton Journal explains that the region has seen growing demand for educators who can confidently teach topics such as Indigenous history and reconciliation, and that the province is developing professional standards related to supporting Indigenous student achievement. “School is one of those places (children) go not just to learn, but they feel at home,” said UAlberta ATEP student Alicia Cardinal. “I just want to be that place, where they just love to enjoy to come every single day.” Edmonton Journal