Education (YNTEP) - After Degree

Gain the knowledge and skills to provide children with a cross-cultural and diverse education that meets the needs of all learners.

COVID-Related Program Delivery Information

Courses in the Education (YNTEP) After-Degree Program will be delivered in-person and in a blended online mode, i.e., a mix of scheduled web-conferenced classes through Zoom and online learning activities via Moodle, YukonU's online learning platform. Accordingly, students will require access to their own computer and Internet connection. 

More information about the online platforms that will be used for winter instruction can be found at: www.yukonu.ca/student-life/technical-resources.

Students new to online learning are encouraged to take the brief online introductory workshop Distance Learning Success. Contact the Student Success Division for more information:

www.yukonu.ca/student-life/learning-matters/academic-support-centre

Program description

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 concern of this profound document is the educational injustice of Yukon’s education system. It stresses that Yukon schools must teach the history of Yukon First Nations, employ culturally responsive teaching practices, and, ultimately, must be relevant to First Nation students. 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 Nation Chiefs and Elders, community members, educators, and politicians across the Yukon.

YNTEP students are part of an educational tradition committed to building educational practices and institutions that support reconciliation and decolonization. We expect graduates of YNTEP to lead for change and provide a curriculum of consequence as a foundation for a brighter future for all Yukon students.

The YNTEP after-degree is a two-year, 60-credit program leading to a Bachelor of Education degree credentialed by the University of Regina. Graduates qualify for both Saskatchewan and Yukon teacher certification and are eligible for teacher certification throughout Canada.

The after-degree is a full-time program, including fall and winter coursework, one spring practicum in a rural community, and a one-week summer cultural camp. The program provides extensive school practicum experiences totaling 22 weeks to ensure that graduates are well prepared for teaching positions in the Yukon, including rural schools, and elsewhere.

Admission requirements

Seats will first be offered to qualified applicants of First Nation heritage.

To be eligible for admission, students must have completed an approved first degree with a minimum overall average of 65% and including a minimum of 39 credit hours in areas supporting K-12 provincial/territorial curricula. It is recommended that students have three provincial curriculum 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 YNTEP after-degree

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.

Ranking Criteria:

  • Academic Average
  • Experience working with young people, including but not limited to school settings.
  • Evidence of alignment with YNTEP program goals and priorities.

All applicants: proof of English language proficiency

Even if the applicant has lived in Canada for many years, we always look at their education to determine if they meet the English Language Proficiency requirement for admission. Anyone who does not have recent grade 11 or 12 in a secondary school with English-language curriculum or at least 24 recent credit hours in an English language post-secondary school may have to compete an English proficiency assessment. Always check with the YNTEP coordinator well ahead of the start of the semester, in case specific testing will be required.

Applying

Application dates

Fall 2021 Entry
An initial review of applications will take place on April 16, 2021; please note that applications to YNTEP - After Degree Program may be accepted up until August 15, 2021, if there are remaining seats available after the initial review.

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.


Application process

Applicants are considered accepted into YNTEP only after both Yukon University and the University of Regina have confirmed acceptance. Once approved by Yukon University, YNTEP staff will forward documentation required for University of Regina admission.

Applying to Yukon University

  1. Apply to Yukon University online AND submit supporting documents to:

Office of the Registrar
Yukon University
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 from a First Nation educator, Elder or official supporting your aspirations to teach in a cross-cultural and/or First Nations setting (see BEAD Application Checklist for further information).
  • Official copies of all post-secondary transcripts--must be sent directly to YukonU from the post-secondary institution(s) in a sealed envelope.
  • A current resume highlighting the applicant's employment, community service, and volunteer work, as they relate to children and youth.
  • Personal Statement of 500 words or less (see BEAD 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
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

867.667.3718 or toll-free 1.800.661.0408 ext. 5131

  • 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 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2


Documents

YNTEP Handbook

Graduation requirements

The University of Regina awards a Bachelor of Education for the successful completion of 60 credits in YNTEP.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

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

Career opportunties

YNTEP graduates become qualified teaching professionals, eligible to meet teacher certification requirements for Yukon and Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Canada. 

Money matters

Fees

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.


Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.