Category: Program News

Arts Ed Alum Dillon Lewchuk shares his experience with our Faculty

An ARTS EDUCATION degree can OPEN DOORS to opportunities beyond being a teacher in the school system as today’s spotlight demonstrates.

We’re shining light on arts education alum Dillon Lewchuk (MA, BA, BEd, RCAT, RCC, CCC) who currently has three professional roles: He is a full-time clinical counsellor working at Homewood Ravensview with a dynamic interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, addiction physicians, nurses, and a large range of therapists to treat mood and anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addictions. He is also an art therapist in a private practice, providing virtual art therapy and counselling services to children, teens and adults. And he picks up contracts to teach postsecondary classes for art therapy colleges, to advise on academic theses, and to train mental health professionals about 2SLGBTQIA+ therapeutic care.


Our arts education program equipped Dillon for these professional roles by giving him confidence and essential skills for success:

“I learned how to understand learning styles to present information that is accessible and I gained the confidence to present in order to help those I support, like when I give lectures and training to develop the competencies of other professionals, run group therapies, or provide psychoeducation to clients struggling with their mental health.”

The arts education program helped Dillon to “create and deliver educational content and training that helps support individuals belonging to vulnerable and marginalized communities,” as well as helping to foster his passion to continue learning and to “further cultivate my helper side by completing my Master’s in Art Therapy.”

Through his arts education program, Dillon strengthened his intuition “to trust his creativity and think outside the box to fill the gaps in society.” Dillon says, “I have been able to start community initiatives for adults with intellectual disabilities, connect diverse communities together to work towards reducing stigma, and construct/revamp programs for non-profit organizations.”


Like many alumni, Dillon appreciates the deep connections he made through the arts education program: “I created life-long friendships with my peers, as well as meaningful, professional relationships with my professors who supported me, and continue to support me beyond my undergrad program.” Dillon believes that this learning community strengthened his confidence that he could excel in any area he chose after graduation.

Dillon also enjoyed the “variety and vastness” of the program, with its opportunities for “multiple internship experiences, the holistic range of academic classes (literacy, music, dance, drama and visual art) and the small cohort of like-minded individuals.”

New pathway for Saskatchewan Polytechnic Educational Assistant Certificate holders

Did you complete Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Educational Assistant Certificate (EAC) Program on or after June 30, 2021 (with a minimum PGPA of 65%)? 

If so, have you been dreaming about having your own classroom … about becoming a teacher?

This news is for you! A new pathway has opened up for you to become a teacher at the U of R — with a maximum of 30 credit hours transferred toward a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) 4-year degree!

On Friday, February 3, 2023, the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education and Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed an agreement which allows qualifying EAs to enter the University of Regina’s Bachelor of Education (BEd) Elementary program, with up to 30 credit hours (1 year) transferred towards the 4-year BEd degree.

Find out more about our Elementary Education degree at

Talk to an advisor to develop a plan for your transition to our BEd program:


Start your Elementary Education degree online this fall!

Have you been dreaming about becoming a teacher, but you feel limited by your location? Start your Elementary Teacher Education degree online this fall!

We’re offering a new online cohort option for first year Elementary Teacher Education students!

If you meet our admission requirements, you are eligible for the online cohort!

Students accepted to the online cohort will complete their first year online, taking five courses in the fall 2022 term, and five courses in winter 2023 term.

Why apply?

  • Experience the support of a cohort of online students,
  • Reduce your living and travel expenses related to on-campus courses, and
  • Enjoy the comforts of home and the support of family and friends while you study.

Spaces are limited. Apply by April 15, 2022 at

Or contact us for more information:



Programme offert par la Faculté d’études supérieures et de la recherche, la Faculté d’éducation et La Cité universitaire francophone.

Poursuivez votre développement professionnel en français

La Maîtrise vous permettra d’explorer les enjeux pertinents à l’enseignement en français en contexte minoritaire, de réfléchir à de grandes problématiques pédagogiques, de mettre en pratique plusieurs techniques d’élaboration de programme, et bien plus.

Le programme est basé sur un système de cohorte aveç option mémoire, projet ou cours.

Cours offert en ligne !

Joignez-vous à notre cohorte !
Débutera en juillet 2021

L’enseignement et la rédaction se font en français.

Nos étudiants profitent d’une relation étroite avec leurs collègues et professeur.e.s ainsi qu’un encadrement personnalisé. L’appui linguistique et financier est également disponible.


Baccalauréat de 4 ans (B.Ed. ou equivalent)
Moyenne globale d’au moins 70%
Deux années d’expérience professionnelle de préférence, un atout

Déposez votre dossier en ligne avant le

15 février 2021

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New Masters Program in the Faculty of Education

We’re offering a new Masters program in the Faculty of Education

Teaching Learning and Leadership (TLL) – Designed by teachers for teachers!

Our new TLL course-route Masters program combines our best Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership courses with many ELECTIVE choices.

Maximum flexibility for busy professionals with online, face-to-face and blended options.

Applications are now open. Deadline to apply for fall 2021 term intake is February 15, 2021.

Contact us today!

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New Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous Teacher Education Program formed to help meet northern teacher shortage

Photo (L-R): Associate Dean Pamela Osmond Johnson (UofR), Minister of Education Earl Cook (MNS), Chief Tammy Cook-Searson (LLRIB). President and Vice Chancellor Vianne Timmons (UofR), Director of Education Simon Bird (LLRIB), Dean Jerome Cranston (UofR) at the September 6, 2019 launch of the new NSITEP in Lac La Ronge, SK.

A new Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NSITEP) was launched on September 5, 2019, established in partnership between the Faculty of Education (University of Regina), Gabriel Dumont Institute (GDI), and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (LLRIB). The four-year Bachelor of Education program with its first cohort of students who began in fall (2019) is accredited by the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. It intends to help meet the demand for more teachers, especially Indigenous teachers, in Northern Saskatchewan. Located on Far Reserve of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in the Mikisew School, the program is well-positioned to meet the accessibility needs of students located in the North.

April Chiefcalf, one of two Instructors employed by NSITEP says, “A significant aspect of the program is its ability to serve both First Nations and Métis students in the area. An ongoing teacher shortage in Northern Saskatchewan exists and with the closure of NORTEP, it seems community-based programs that are a joint endeavour between Indigenous communities and universities are being created to fill that void. NSITEP will be unique because it will emphasize Indigenous languages, cultures and land-based education.”

Morris Cook, NSITEP Program Head and Instructor, says the program is “so beneficial not only to the community, but also for folks from the greater La Ronge area…When you put your hand on the pulse of the schools in the North, there is a shortage. It takes a long time to get folks into remote areas, but if they are local, they are more likely to stay. The hope is that the teachers from NSITEP will return to the community for the rest of their careers.”

For Dean Jerome Cranston of the Faculty of Education it is significant that the program was developed in partnership with the leadership of LLRIB, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan (MNS), and GDI, and thereby designed specifically to meet the needs of the LLRIB and Métis communities to educate their own people to become teachers in their own communities. Cranston says, the Faculty’s involvement with this partnership, “demonstrates how the Faculty of Education and the University of Regina are committed to more fully realizing their relational obligation to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. NSITEP recognizes the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples, places a premium on learning within community and is an attempt to better balance the typically asymmetrical relationships that have historically existed.”

With 20 students forming the first NSITEP cohort, and a lot of inquiries from potential students, Cook expects it will be easy to fill the 13 Métis/13 LLRIB student quota each new academic year. Cook is hopeful: “Its a great time for the program to be in place. I look forward to continuing the work that has been done to get this program off the ground, to building up the capacity and educating lots of local teachers.”

Fall 2018 Admission on the Spot events

Thinking about becoming a teacher? Applying just got a lot easier! Attend an Admission on the Spot event near you.


The Faculty of Education, University of Regina will be assessing applications and admitting students on the spot at these events!

Watch for an event near you:

Come Prepared!

  1. Download and answer all applicable questions on the Teacher Education Application and Profile form (download to your computer and fill the form in and print it)
  2. Attend an Admission on the Spot event and bring your:
  • Completed Teacher Education Application and Profile form
  • School-certified unofficial transcript
  • Application Fee (Check your Admission on the Spot event page for the correct application fee)

If eligible, you will receive a conditional offer of admission at the event.

*NOTE: We are not able to admit on the spot for the following programs: BEd/BKin combined degree, BEd (Physical Education), and BEd (Music).