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Industrial Arts Education

Foster a love for learning and help inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

Build or upgrade your teaching skills to help youth pursue careers in trades and technology.

The Industrial Arts Education degree is a joint program offered by Red River College Polytechnic and the University of Winnipeg. Graduates will be eligible to certify as a K-12 teacher with the Province of Manitoba.

This experiential program develops the practical teaching and technical skills needed to create and teach engaging industrial arts and technology programs in middle and high schools across Manitoba.

You will develop collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills, and learn to plan and deliver lessons using Manitoba’s industrial arts curriculum. You’ll also use industry-standard equipment and techniques to explore woodworking, manufacturing, metalworking, graphic arts, photography, digital electronics, robotics, coding and engineering in RRC Polytech’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Before graduating, you will complete a series of student teaching practicums to meet potential employers, expand your professional network and build practical work experience with increasing independence.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
  • In-person Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    1-3-5 years
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $6,000 – $26,200
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Joint post-secondary admission
  • Application Deadline
    June 1
  • Work-Integrated Learning
    Gain hands-on experience with real work opportunities

Choose Your Path

Graduate From One of Our Specialization Programs

The Industrial Arts Education program offers three different specialization programs. You’ll match your learning to fit your experience and educational background and have the flexibility you need to achieve your career goals.

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5-Year Integrated Program

Credentials: Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts or Science

In this joint program, offered by RRC Polytech and the University of Winnipeg, you’ll complete education courses alongside arts and sciences courses related to your teachable major, Industrial Arts (IA), and a teachable minor.

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3-Year After-Degree Program

Credential: Bachelor of Education

In this joint program, offered by RRC Polytech and the University of Winnipeg, you’ll build on your undergraduate degree and complete education courses in your teachable major (IA) and a teachable minor.

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1-Year Accelerated Program

Credential: Diploma

In this RRC Polytech program, you will build on your Bachelor of Education and gain the expertise, practical skills and credentials you need to teach industrial arts education courses in Manitoba.

Experience a Polytechnic Education


In this program, you will develop an applied-learning and student-centred approach to education and build the advanced skills needed to teach classes in Manitoba’s industrial arts curriculum.

Integrated Year 1

Build foundational skills in graphic arts, electronics, manufacturing, woodworking, arts and science while completing your first teaching practicum.

Integrated Year 2

Explore advanced industrial arts skills, robotics and engineering while studying Manitoba’s industrial arts curriculum and completing your second teaching practicum.

Integrated Year 3

Continue developing your industrial arts and education skills. Complete your third teaching practicum experience with more independence and new responsibilities.

Integrated Year 4

Learn to manage classroom facilities, develop courses and plan assessments while taking on full teaching responsibilities in your fourth teaching practicum experience.

Integrated Year 5

Sharpen your teaching skills and complete a final practicum in your minor subject area while exploring emerging topics and completing a capstone project.


In this program you will develop the advanced trade, technology and education skills you need to plan and teach engaging Industrial Arts programs in middle and high schools across Manitoba.

AFter-Degree Year 1

Build foundational industrial arts skills, explore teaching methodologies in Manitoba’s industrial arts curriculum and complete your first teaching practicum.

AFter-Degree Year 2

Develop advanced industrial arts and teaching skills and build experience as an independent teacher in your second teaching practicum.

AFter-Degree Year 3

Sharpen your teaching skills and complete a final practicum in your minor subject area.


In this program, you will build the practical industrial arts and technology skills you need to enhance your potential as a certified teacher while developing your teaching methods and exploring educational theory.

Accelerated Year 1

Build crucial technology skills, explore advanced industrial arts programs and study Manitoba’s industrial arts curriculum.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Industrial arts education teacher
  • Kindergarten – Grade 12 teacher


What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

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Develop the knowledge and skills you need to inspire students, encourage independence and create engaging lessons in a wide variety of industrial arts.
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Keep your students ahead of the curve and learn to implement emerging technologies in a meaningful way.
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Collaborate with passionate peers and expert instructors to solve real-world problems, share professional perspectives and build confidence.
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Build professional connections and practical experience through our student teaching practicum program.
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Explore Manitoba’s industrial arts curriculum through small, focused classes, modern workshop sessions and immersive practicum experiences.

Graduate Success

Industrial Arts Education graduates find success teaching middle and high school programs throughout Manitoba and around the globe. Thanks to RRC Polytech’s practical, career-focused courses and guided practicums, you’ll enter the field with first-hand experience, equipped with the same standards and techniques as education experts.

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Achieve your career goals

At RRC Polytech, your success is our priority. In addition to our practical, applied-learning experiences and expert instructors, we offer various resources to help you meet employers, build your network and find your first education job.

Grow your career Potential

The versatile knowledge, skills and experience you build at RRC Polytech are the perfect foundation for further advancement and specialization. Many graduates can enhance their career potential with administration and counselling training or a post-baccalaureate or master’s degree.

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Support student success

By combining an education degree and teaching certification, you’ll have the skills to work with a wide range of students across various programs. No matter where your work takes you, you’ll support future leaders in building confidence, practical skills, academic success and career readiness.

“The variety of skills I gained through applied coursework, quality instruction and curated student teaching placements challenged me and led me to develop the confidence to build an innovative program early in my career.”

Mitch Proctor – Industrial Arts Teacher
Steinbach Regional Secondary School

“The Industrial Arts Education program expanded my passion for industrial arts education and gave me the skills and confidence to provide my students with the most current educational technologies.”

Ken Hartikainen – Instructor, Industrial Arts Education
Red River College Polytechnic
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“The education I earned at RRC Polytech helped me infuse innovative teaching strategies and focus on creating a learning environment that supported applied projects and experiences.”

Matthew Patrician – Instructor, Industrial Arts Education
Red River College Polytechnic

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As an Industrial Arts Education student, you enjoy learning new skills, helping others and guiding youth to success. You encourage diverse perspectives, use your empathy to understand others and work well with groups while catering to the needs of individuals. You’re also highly organized, a confident public speaker and manage multiple priorities effectively.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Creative
  • Planner
  • Talkative
  • Technical thinker


  • Dependability
  • Lifelong learner
  • Multi-tasking
  • Problem solving
  • Self-confidence


  • Teaching
  • Woodworking
  • Manufacturing
  • Graphics
  • Photography
  • Pre-engineering
  • STEM
  • Robotics
  • Industrial technology
  • Technology education

All the Information You Need


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Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

Funding Your Education

Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and scholarships to help tackle your financial needs.

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