Gain the knowledge and skills to provide children with a cross-cultural and diverse education that meets the needs of all learners.
In 1973, the Council for Yukon Indians presented the Federal government of Canada a list of grievances and a pathway to reconciliation in the landmark document 'Together Today for our Children Tomorrow'. A central premise of this profound document was on the educational injustice of the Yukon’s education system and stressed that Yukon schools must teach the history of Yukon First Nations, employ culturally responsive teaching practices and ultimately must be relevant to First Nations students - honouring and validating First Nations rights, spirituality, language, culture, philosophy and pedagogy. Born of this context, the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP) began in 1989 with a vision for change in Yukon schools as collectively voiced by First Nations Chiefs and Elders, community members, educators, and politicians across the Yukon. By entering the program, you have made the decision to be part of an educational tradition that is committed to building educational practices and institutions that supports reconciliation as it pertains to Canada's colonial context. We expect graduates of YNTEP to lead for change in the provision of a curriculum of consequence as a foundation for a brighter future for all Yukon students.
In response to this mandate, The Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP) is designed as a two-year, 60 Credit, developmentally configured program leading to a Bachelor of Education degree. Graduates qualify for both Saskatchewan and Yukon Teacher Certification and are eligible for teacher certification throughout Canada.
YNTEP is a full-time program comprised of fall and winter semesters; one spring practicum in a rural community, as well as a one-week summer cultural camp course. The program provides extensive school practicum experiences totalling 22 weeks throughout the two years to ensure that graduates are well prepared for teaching positions in the Yukon, including rural schools, and elsewhere.
One of the goals of YNTEP is to foster critical awareness of the negative consequence of historical colonized schooling and the imperative today for a curriculum experience that values Yukon First Nations’ cultural experiences. Courses in Yukon First Nations history and courses in cross-cultural education and progressive teaching practice serve to assure teacher candidates competence in working with and for the diversity of students across Yukon First Nations.
Central to this commitment is the emphasis placed on experiential learning as a critical part of the YNTEP Program in fostering this transformation and development. Community First Nations Elders and Yukon Education superintendents, consultants, principals and teachers provide YNTEP with support to provide many opportunities for students to experience various schools. Practicums are scheduled throughout the two years, with a capstone internship of 16 weeks in the final year. These are generally arranged in an elementary school setting, although individual arrangements can be considered, because of the specialization of a candidate’s previous degree, in high school and French-language settings. All placements are subject to the availability of co-operating teachers in these schools. Students are expected to undertake at least one four-week placement in a rural school.
Our commitment is to foster YNTEP teacher candidates in gaining the dispositions, knowledge and skills to develop the habits of mind and capabilities to be day-one-ready for best practice instruction within a cross-cultural and diverse classroom.
To be eligible for admission, students must meet the following criteria:
- An approved first degree with a minimum overall average of 65%.
- A minimum of 39 credit hours in areas supportive of K-12 provincial/territorial curricula. It is recommended that students have three provincial curricula areas (nine credit hours at the 300 or 400 level).
Those who have not been awarded a degree upon submission of their application will be required to provide confirmation of their degree status from their respective institution prior to beginning the Education program.
Applicant submissions will be assessed by the University of Regina, which will determine if these criteria have been met.
NOTE: Applicants will be ranked using weighting criteria and seats offered based on the ranking until available seats are filled.
- Academic Average
- Experience working with young people, including but not limited to school settings.
- Evidence of alignment with YNTEP program goals and priorities.
Fall 2020 Entry
Prospective applicants must contact the Program Co-ordinator in advance of application to discuss suitability for and demands of the program and the application process.
Application deadline and initial review of applications is April 17, 2020.
Prospective candidates will be invited to an interview with a selection panel. Arrangement can be made for interviews to be conducted via web-based platforms.
Late applications will only be considered if seats are available.
Applicants are considered accepted into YNTEP only after both Yukon University and the University of Regina have confirmed acceptance. Once approved by Yukon University, the YNTEP staff will forward documentation required for University of Regina Admission.
Applying to Yukon University
- Apply to Yukon University online AND submit supporting documents to:
Office of the Registrar
500 University Drive
PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5K4
t 867 668 8710 or toll-free 1 800 661 0504
2. Completed application forms must include the following supporting documents:
- Three letters of reference:
- one personal from a close acquaintance,
- one professional,
- one letter form a First Nation educator, Elder or official supporting your aspirations to teach in a cross-cultural First Nations' setting (see YNTEP Application Checklist for further information).
- One official copy of all post-secondary transcripts sent to Yukon University. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope, directly from the post-secondary institution.
- A current resume highlighting the applicant's employment, community service, and volunteer work, as they related to children and youth.
- Personal Statement of 500 words or less (see YNTEP application checklist for further information).
- Current acceptable criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector check. (Students wishing to do field work in Yukon Schools are required to undergo a security clearance process which requires the completion of a criminal record/vulnerable sector check.) Applicants must request this from the RCMP and deliver the completed form to:
Manager, Human Resources
Yukon Department of Education
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
- Completed Consent to Release form for Yukon Education. This form provides verification of the criminal record check and vulnerable sector check to complete field placements, pre-internship and internship in Yukon Schools.
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL NOTE: One copy of all official post-secondary transcripts must also be sent to the University of Regina.
University of Regina
Enrolment Services Admissions, AH 108
3737 Wascan Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
The University of Regina awards a Bachelor of Education for the successful completion of 60 credits in YNTEP.
Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.
For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency
YNTEP graduates become qualified teaching professionals, eligible to meet teacher certification requirements for Yukon and Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Canada.
Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.
Some programs and courses have additional fees - see Ancillary Fees.
Student financial awards
Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.
There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.