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Aurora College Teacher Education Program (ACTEP)

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

ACTEP is a three-year teacher education diploma program, offered via community-based deliveries on a rotational basis, leading to a Northwest Territories teaching certificate. This qualifies graduates to teach Kindergarten to Grade 9 in the Northwest Territories. Alternatively, you can opt into the four-year U of S Bachelor of Education degree which leads to a Northwest Territories professional teaching certificate. This program is offered annually at Thebacha Campus in Fort Smith.

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Diploma in Education

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ACTEP: Is it for you?

  • This Fort Smith based program provides the opportunity for residents from communities within the Northwest Territories to take classes towards a Bachelor of Education and remain close to their families and home.
  • ACTEP students have the opportunity to participate in field experiences throughout the first three years of their diploma and degree programs.
  • During the first year of the program, students participate in 30 hours of school-based volunteering and observation.
  • During the spring semester of the second year, students complete the first of two eight-week practicum placements. During this practicum, students gradually build up to teaching half-days during the last two weeks of their placement. In the winter semester of the third year, students complete their second eight-week practicum placement. Students gradually build from half-days to full-time teaching during the last two weeks of this placement. Students further benefit by regular observation and mini-teaching opportunities in local schools in conjunction with their professional methods courses throughout their entire program.

What is the Aurora College Teacher Education Program (ACTEP)?

A partnership between the College of Education and Aurora College, students enrol in a Three-year program leading to a teaching certificate or a Four-year B.Ed. program at Fort Smith, Thebaca Campus or the University of Saskatchewan.

Career Opportunities

It's about more than becoming a teacher. The skills you learn in the College of Education can take you to the classroom, out into the community or around the world:

  • Elementary or High School Teacher
  • Adult Educator
  • Advocate
  • Community Program Coordinator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Educational Administrator
  • Entrepreneur
  • High School Counselor or Academic Advisor
  • International Teacher
  • Instructional Designer
  • Library Technician or Teacher Librarian
  • Literacy Instructor/Coordinator
  • Politician
  • Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Vocational Teacher
  • Writer/Artist/Musician
  • Youth Worker
  • Or almost anything you want...


A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) is the beginning of a long career in academia, education, community, business, politics or government.

The graduate studies program in the College of Education offers opportunities to advance your education in the areas of educational administration (leadership), educational foundations (social justice, Aboriginal, anti-racist, and lifelong and ecological education), educational psychology and special education (school counselling, special education, and applied measurement and evaluation), and educational curriculum (teacher librarian, educational communications, and technology and curriculum).

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