First Nations Bachelor of Teaching

Program Description

The First Nations Bachelor of Teaching (FNBT) degree is being offered in response to the shortage of teachers at locally controlled schools. Yellowquill University College is working in partnership with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) to develop the program. FNBT is a culturally, land-based teacher education program that aims to meet the needs of locally controlled schools by providing training in 3 streams:

1) On-Campus (Begins Sept. 2021)

2) Community-based (To be determined)

3) Modular (To be announced)

The FNBT is a two-tiered program that aims to meet the certification requirements of licensed teacher. The first tier is a 90-credit hour, to receive a 3-year First Nations Bachelor of Teaching degree that carries the goal to provide a provisional/limited teaching permit. The second tier is continuing on for an additional 60 credit hours in a Bachelor First Nations Studies, and achieve a Bachelor of First Nations Studies with a Specialization in Education, totalling 150 credit hours that is eligible for permanent teaching certification.


  • Educational Foundations Culture Camp: The Beginning of the Beginning

  • First Nations Perspectives for Teachers

  • Planning for Student Success: Engaging our Students (6 Credit Hours)

  • The Land Teaches Us – 1 

  • First Nations Human Development

  • Language, Storytelling, Listening and Speaking

  • Foundations for Teaching Mathematics

  • Teaching Practicum One – Four Weeks

  • Teaching All About Us – First Nations History and Geography 

  • Teaching Practicum Two – Six Weeks FNBT YEAR TWO:

  • The Land Teaches Us – 2

  • Culture Camp – 2

  • Respectful Assessment Practices

  • Being A Teacher – Relationships

  • More Language – Literacy and Beyond

  • Engaging Materials for the Classroom

  • Learning Technologies

  • Teaching All Students – Recognizing and Planning multiple abilities

  • Teaching Practicum Three – Six Weeks


  • Issues Across Turtle Island - First Nations Studies – 1

  • Relationship to Creation – First Nations Science, Biology and Environmental Studies (On-the-Land course delivery)

  • Indigenous Literature

  • Psychology – A World Perspective

  • Introduction to Sociology – Indigenous perspectives

  • Nations, Nationhood and Sovereignty – Historical Overview 

  • Introduction to First Nations Research 

  • Indigenous Arts and Expression

  • First Nations Language (Anishinabemowin, Ininimowin, Dene) 

  • Exploring Mathematic



  • Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS)

  • Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)

If you have a criminal record, you may not be able to enroll in the program

If you are listed on an Abuse Registry, you will not be able to enroll in the program

  • An official transcript of your current educational standing

  • Letter of intent/commitment

  • A resume (i.e., previous work experience in a social service/ education related field)

  • Two letters of recommendation (i.e., employment and character)

  • Possible interview

  • Sponsorship letter

  • Academic Assessment process



  • Grade 12 High School graduates

  • Early Childhood Education graduates

  • Education Assistant Program graduates

  • Mature students (21+ yrs old)

  • Bachelor degree students (i.e., Arts, Science, General Studies, etc.)