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Application and Selection Process

ACCESS Education Programs - CATEP


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Candidates must be of Aboriginal descent (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and employed as an Educational Assistant at a participating School Division (Wpg SD, Seven Oaks, Lord Selkirk, River East/Transcona, Louis Riel and Saagkeeng First Nation). To be considered eligible for CATEP, candidates must meet regular or mature student status, as defined below and have a clear criminal record and child abuse registry checks.

Regular Status Students
High school graduate with standing in at least 28 credits that satisfy the Manitoba Senior (1-4) high school program.

Mature Status Students
Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, must be at least 21 by the year they register for classes, and must meet one of the following conditions:

  • Graduation from high school without specific requirements
  • Standing in minimum three approved 40S courses or equivalent in last three years, without graduation
  • Qualification for Jr. Matriculation standing (prior to 1964)
  • Completion of one semester of work at another post-secondary institution with a min. GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of a continuing education certificate or diploma, with at least 3 full course credits
  • Minimum grade of C on every course attempted at another university
  • Completion of the GED test

All potential applicants must communicate their interest in participating in CATEP to their school division. Each school division has their own orientation session which potential applicants must attend in order to receive a formal CATEP application.

All qualifying applicants will be interviewed and asked to participate in one day of testing to determine mathematical and linguistic potential. Testing is performed to assess academic potential, as well as to determine current education standing.

Selections are made by an appointed committee and are determined according to need, potential, and likelihood of completing the program successfully. As a commitment to excellence in teaching, the selection committee will assess applicants on their potential to develop into great teachers. The committee will look for prior experience working with children, personal commitment to the field, energy, sensibility, adaptability, stability, articulation, and leadership skills.