Bachelor of Education for First Nations Students

** Program is currently under review and will be offered September 2017. ** Please contact our FNTEP coordinator for more information.

The Bachelor of Education for First Nations Students (BEdFNS), also known as the First Nations Teacher Education Program (FNTEP), is a four-year BEd program in Elementary Education. Students take a variety of different education blocks such as, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual Education, Curriculum/Administration, Special Education, and Technology. Students also take courses in First Nations Education.

The program prepares First Nations students with the skills and knowledge to succeed as licensed teachers, offering a fully-integrated practicum and having the opportunity to develop curricula and lesson plans. This program can be taken from your community using our Desire2Learn conferencing, or on campus.

The Bachelor of Education for First Nations Students began in 1977. The majority of licensed First Nations teachers in the Maritimes are graduates of this UNB program, which offers a separate admissions procedure and academic advice and support.

For a complete description of all BEd programs, visit the Faculty of Education website.


In addition to the courses taken within the education blocks, First Nations students have the opportunity to take the following First Nations Education courses:

ABRG 3688 Contemporary Canadian First Nations Children's Literature Books for primary and elementary children written by Canadian First Nations authors. Examines the Native voice in Native and non-native worlds in relation to traditional beliefs and current cultural concerns.
ED 3022 First Nations Epistemology Development of personal and social identity among children in First Nations communities. Implications for classroom practice.
ED 3043 First Nations Education Traditional First Nations pedagogy and concepts of education in comparison with those which have shaped formal schooling. Roles and responsibilities of schools, teachers, and communities in educating First Nations students. 
ED 4686 Teaching the First Nations Learner Teaching methods, learning strategies, program planning, with emphasis on a particular learning level.
ED 4688 Teaching First Nations Children's Literature Examines the philosophy and process of teaching First Nations Literature in an integrated curriculum for primary and elementary children. Includes practical classroom experience. 
ED 5162 Integrated Curriculum for the First Nations Learner Culture-based education: design, development, and implementation. Appropriate evaluation and assessment.
ED 5683 First Nations Education Seminar Historical trends and contemporary issues in classroom practice and curriculum development.
ED 5684 The Anthropology of Knowledge Education is quintessentially a cultural matter. No matter what the context – be it in the formal education systems found around the world, or the many informal ways of passing on skills, knowledge, position, prestige and power – education is about culture. A systematic comparison of learning institutions and practices in a range of different cultural settings reveals a lot about our own understandings of teaching, learning and the management of knowledge as well as those from other cultures. Restricted to upper level students, or the permission of the instructor.
ED 5685 Teaching First Nations Language Identifies and examines the development of Mi’kmaq-Maliseet literacies’ concepts and the relationships with language that define First Nations literacy in primary and elementary children. 



The Bachelor of Education for First Nations Students is open to any Canadian status First Nations students who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Mature Student (as defined as in the UNB undergraduate calendar.)
  • Students with advanced standing (such as students holding a BA or other undergraduate degrees.)

Note: Students with previous education are individually assessed for transfer credit. Degree holders usually require between one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half years of study for the BEd elementary (4-year), as a second bachelor’s degree.

Academic Standing

Only candidates with good academic standing are considered. Candidates on academic probation or candidates having been asked to withdraw from university are not eligible.

Required Documentation for Applying

The following application forms and all supporting documents are required to apply to the program:

  • Bachelor of Education for First Nations Students (FNTEP) Application
  • UNB Application
  • Profile and Personal Interest Form: Great care must be taken in the preparation of this document, which should be typed or neatly written.
  • Personal statement of intent and purpose: This statement must be carefully formulated and neatly written or typed.  In approximately 200 words, candidates are asked to indicate why they are applying to the BEdFNS (FNTEP), what they are expecting to gain from the program, and their future goals.
  • References: Applicants are advised to discuss their plans with potential referees before deciding which two people to ask for recommendations. It is imperative to stress the importance of submitting the UNB Recommendation for Admission to BEdFNS (FNTEP) Forms on or before the May 31st deadline.
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts are those forwarded directly to MWC from each post-secondary educational institution attended by the candidate. Please note that UNB transcripts are already on file.


All applicants are required to attend a scheduled interview. Expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the applicant.

Requirements for the BEdFNS

The 4-year Bachelor of Education for First Nations Students program requires 138 credit hours to complete.

Deadline Date

The application forms and all supporting documents must be forwarded to the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre on or before May 31st of each year.