Course Objectives 

  • Understand the important role teachers play in both primary and secondary education (K-12 grades). 
  • Learn how to build strong relationships and create a sense of belonging with students, families, and communities. 
  • Recognize why teachers should serve as positive role models and contribute to extra-curricular activities that benefit the school and larger community. 
  • Gain knowledge about Indigenous education, how to support 2SLGTBQIA+ students, and promote anti-racist education. 
  • Explore strategies for helping students succeed, appreciating their diverse backgrounds, encouraging their active participation in learning. 
  • Approach education from a perspective of reconciliation, focusing on social justice, human rights, global citizenship, democracy and the impacts of new technologies/media in learning. 

Did you know? This course is a Recommended Introductory Course and may be used as a free elective towards your first degree.

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Shayla Davidson, B.Ed. Program

"I chose to go into the Faculty of Ed because I love working with people and I love music. I figured that being a music teacher would be a good fit for me, and it truly is. I get to share my love of music with others and hopefully they'll be inspired to love and appreciate music too. Although my time at the faculty was short, I met so many great people which is another reason I chose to be in Ed. Human connection! Collaborating and connecting with people of any age is such a joy."

Information Sessions

Access students thinking of a career in teaching?

Meet our information session speakers

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Dr. Marti Ford, Faculty of Education

Dr. Marti Ford is of mixed heritage with Inuit and settler roots. She is the past President and Board Chair of the Manitoba Inuit Association. Dr. Ford is an educator and has been a teacher, principal, and Director of Education. She was also the Dean of Indigenous Education at Red River College, a School Superintendent at Frontier School Division, and also spent two years recruiting teachers. 

Dr. Ford most recently has been an Assistant Professor in EAF&P. She has worked locally throughout the province of Manitoba in First Nations and Métis communities. She has worked internationally in Botswana as a school principal, and with community-based projects with Mapuche in Chile, and Indigenous communities in Roraima and Macieo in Brazil.

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Wade Houle

Wade Houle is an award-winning Indigenous educator who works in Treaty 2 in Manitoba, Canada. Based out of Dauphin, Manitoba, Wade identifies as both Anishinaabe and Métis with roots in Ebb & Flow First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, and the Métis village of Vogar, Manitoba. 

In 2016, Wade was the recipient of a national education award from Indspire, and in 2021 was awarded the RAVEN Trust's Harmony Foundation Essay Prize for his piece entitles "Wasii'aa Gizhigo Inini." 

Meet Our Instructor For the Access Course Section

Dr. Marti Ford, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education

Dr. Ford is of mixed heritage with Inuit and settler roots. She is the Past President and Board Chair of the Manitoba Inuit Association. She is an educator and has been a teacher, principal, Director of Education, School Superintendent at Frontier School Division, and Dean of Indigenous Education at Red River College. Dr. Ford most recently worked for Frontier School Division recruiting teachers. Dr. Ford has worked locally throughout the province of Manitoba in First Nations and Métis communities. She has worked internationally in Botswana as a school principal, and with community-based projects with Mapuche in Chile, and Indigenous communities in Roraima and Macieo in Brazil. She received her Doctorate in Education in Teaching and Learning at the University of Minesota, Duluth. Dr. Ford volunteers with United Way's Community Indigenous Relations Committee, The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, and the Canadian Forces Liaison Committee. 

Meet Our Instructors for the Winter Course Section (Open to all UM Students)

UM students thinking about a career in teaching? The Faculty of Education is offering two sections for UM students interested in exploring a teaching career:
EDUB 1790-A01 and EDUB 1790-A02

Dr. Jennifer Watt, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education 

Dr. Watt is particularly interested in exploring teacher education through life writing and other arts-based ways of teaching and researching. She is also interested in exploring how flourishing literacies both inside and outside of schools contribute to students', families', teachers', and communities' well-being and well-becoming. 

Contact Us

Faculty of Education
Education Building 
71 Curry Place 
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

204-474-9004
1-800-432-1960 (ext. 9004) Toll-free in Manitoba
204-474-7551