A Community-Based Native Teacher Education Program: Tensions in Being Both Firm and Flexible

Cheryll Duquette


The community-based Native Teacher Education Program (NTEP) is designed for students of Aboriginal descent and is delivered in partnership with two client groups in northern Ontario. While based on the same coursework as the traditional Teacher Education Program, the NTEP differs in terms of length, delivery, the inclusion of mentor teachers, and the admission requirements. The tensions in delivering the program with the Aboriginal client groups relate to admission requirements, the selection of mentor teachers, and accommodations for students in their coursework, the selection of instructors, the location of practice teaching placements, and the need for the client groups to build capacity.

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