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Fleming, Trent announce new degree pathway to Indigenous B.Ed. program

Fleming College and Trent University have signed an agreement that provides a pathway for Fleming students into Trent’s new Indigenous Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) program, a unique, new five year concurrent degree that puts Aboriginal knowledge and perspectives at the forefront of teacher training.

“Our important partnership with Fleming College is growing even deeper through this new transfer agreement,” said Dr. Cathy Bruce, dean of the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University. “Through this pathway, we will support Indigenous learners who are looking to fast-track from College into this specialized Bachelor of Education degree.”

Eligible graduates of Fleming’s General Arts and Science – University Transfer (UT) program will be given advanced standing in the new Indigenous B.Ed. program at Trent, which will welcome its first group of students in fall 2016. Trent will grant successful candidates four credits toward the 25-credit, five-year degree program. Students applying for admission to the Indigenous B.Ed. program will be required to self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit.

Reflecting Trent’s groundbreaking leadership in Indigenous Studies, the new Indigenous Bachelor of Education will put graduates of the new program in a unique position to teach non-Indigenous students, and to further their understanding of Indigenous issues. Offered in partnership by Trent’s School of Education and Professional Learning and the department of Indigenous Studies, the program is the first of its kind in North America.

The General Arts and Science – University Transfer program is a two-semester certificate program that enables students to experience university-level general arts and social sciences courses while earning credits toward a university degree. Fleming and Trent have an existing agreement that provides a pathway for qualified graduates of the UT program into bachelor’s degree programs at Trent.


About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.

About Trent University
One of Canada’s top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that’s personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent’s unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent’s students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent’s Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.



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