Indigenous Education

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  • Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Education (After an approved degree)


  • Lethbridge



Program description

Students in the Indigenous Studies program will study how the Indigenous perspective relates to disciplines involving art, law, philosophy, politics, history, gender studies, ecology, business, customs, and language. All of the classes in Indigenous Studies are taught from the Indigenous viewpoint — this makes our program one of the most sought after programs in Canada. As an Education major a student develops a strong knowledge base in the subject area they intend to teach. They also receive in-depth preparation in how to teach, including both general and subject area instructional methods.

The following degrees can be combined with the Bachelor of Education (Indigenous Education) degree:

  • Indigenous Studies
  • General Major in the Social Sciences

Possible careers

  • Adult Education
  • Aboriginal Liaison Community Coordinator
  • Aboriginal Support Worker
  • Employee Training Instructor
  • Education Researcher
  • Native Outreach Worker
  • Teacher

Admission requirements


​​​First-year students cannot enter directly into Faculty of Education programs. You must complete two years in a Pre-Education program before applying for admission to the Faculty. Admission to Education is competitive, so your entry depends on your university grade-point average (GPA) and meeting other program specific requirements. The general requirements for education programs include:

  • Education 2500
  • A minimum of 14 graded university-level courses (42 credit hours)
  • A minimum number of courses in teachable subject matter with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • A competitive post-secondary grade-point average

For more complete admission requirements, visit the Faculty of Education. Please also review the additional information below to see if there are any additional requirements for this major.


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Sample classes

  • Indigenous Studies 2000: Native American Philosophy
  • Indigenous Studies 2600: Introduction to Indigenous Literature
  • Education 3603: Social Context of Schooling
  • Education 4727: Social Issues in Indigenous Education

Additional information

Admission to the Faculty of Education:

  • Application Deadline | February 1
  • Document Deadline | March 1

Combined Degrees – B.A / B.Ed

Students may meet the Indigenous Education major requirements by completing the major in Indigenous Studies or the General Major in the Social Sciences (at least 7 courses in Indigenous Studies and 4 courses in each of two other disciplines in the Social Sciences).

See program overview for the Combined Degrees Program

See the Combined Degrees Program Planning Guides

Special Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for admission to the Faculty of Education, students with a major in Indigenous Education must have three courses completed of the seven courses required in a school subject minor.

If You Already Have a Degree

If you wish to enter the Faculty of Education with a major in Indigenous Education, you must possess a recognized degree which includes a major in Indigenous Studies. In addition, all other prerequisites for admission must be met.

At the time of admission, the nature of the applicant's degree is examined, and a program is planned and approved by the Faculty of Education. If the approved degree contains the necessary components, including a completed teaching major, both certification and B. Ed. requirements may be met upon completion of 20 courses in Education.

See program overview for the After Degree Program

For more information about admission, visit the Faculty of Education webpage.

If you are thinking of transferring to the University of Lethbridge to complete a degree in Education, your admission to the Faculty will depend on where you are in your current program.

You may be considered for direct entry to the Faculty of Education if you have already completed a minimum of 14 graded university-level courses (42 credit hours) and meet all other admission requirements.

If you haven't yet completed these requirements, you can apply to be a part of the Pre-Education program in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Fine Arts or Management. Learn more about what you need to transfer to the Faculty of Education.