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, a 4-week spring practicum in a rural community, a one-week summer cultural camp, and a 16-week Internship.
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). Students who did not complete a 100-level English course in their first degree must complete ENGL 100 or equivalent in order to graduate from the BEAD program.
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.
- Good academic average
- Experience working with young people, including but not limited to school settings.
- Evidence of commitment to 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.
Fall 2024 Entry
The deadline for application for Fall 2024 is May 1st, 2024. To be considered for acceptance applicants must submit ALL documents prior to this date.
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 will forward documentation required for University of Regina admission.
Applying to Yukon University
Apply to Yukon University online AND submit supporting documents to in a single package to:
Office of the Registrar
500 University Drive
PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5K4
Phone: 867.668.8710 or toll-free 1.800.661.0504
Applications MUST be accompanied by the following documents:
- Three letters of reference:
- 1 personal from a close acquaintance,
- 1 professional,
- 1 letter from 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).
- Official copies of high school and 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 (for further information see YNTEP Application Checklist).
- 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
t 867 393 7132 or toll free number 1 800 661 0408 ext. 7132
t 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: 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
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
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.