Education (YNTEP) - Degree

Educational excellence with a northern specialization.

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: PLEASE READ

YNTEP and BEAD courses for winter will be delivered through a mix of in person and online methods using Zoom or Teams platforms. Most courses will have a Moodle course site as usual. Field placements will continue as scheduled whenever possible.

Whether classes are in person or virtual, attendance is essential and expected for all scheduled classes.

Online courses will require that you access to your own computer and Internet connection. 

More information about the online platforms that will be used for fall instruction can be found at

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


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. In response, 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 Nations 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 Nations Chiefs and Elders, community members, educators, and politicians across the Yukon. YNTEP students are part of an educational tradition that is committed to building educational practices and institutions that support reconciliation and decolonization. We expect graduates of YNTEP to lead for change, providing a curriculum of consequence as a foundation for a brighter future for all Yukon students and their communities.

The YNTEP degree is a four-year, 120-credit program leading to a Bachelor of Education degree credentialed by University of Regina. 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 coursework, two spring practicums, and a one-week summer cultural camp. The program provides extensive school practicum experiences totaling 26 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.

Admission requirements are as follows:

For recent high school graduates (i.e., the applicant has only attended high school or has fewer than 24 credit hours of postsecondary courses):

  • grade 12 graduation with a 65% average overall
  • over 65% final grade in English 12 and 65% final grade in one of:
    •  Pre-Calculus 11 
    •  Foundations of Math 11
  • one approved Language, Social Science or Fine Arts course at the grade 12 level
  • one additional approved grade 12 academic level course

NOTE:  Current high school students can provide an interim grade report and a schedule of current/planned courses by email, fax, or mail (Choose one method only).

NOTE: All applicants must submit final high school/secondary official transcripts to have acceptance confirmed.

Approved additional courses are listed on the University of Regina website.

For applicants who did not graduate from high school or have fewer than 24 credit hours of postsecondary courses or do not meet high school requirements:

  • has attempted fewer than 24 credit hours of post-secondary studies
  • has been out of full-time secondary school for a minimum of two years
  • can demonstrate the ability to succeed at university through life or work related experiences
  • if attended secondary school in the last five years, must submit official high school/secondary transcripts
  • if attended post-secondary, must submit official transcripts from post-secondary institutions
  • a minimum of 65% in ENGL 060 or equivalent scores on English Assessment
  • acceptable scores on Math Assessments or completion of Math 050 or equivalent
  • proof of English Language Proficiency

For post-secondary applicants (i.e., the applicant has a minimum 24 credits at the postsecondary level):

  • minimum 65% average across all postsecondary credits completed (applicant is not require to submit high school transcript.)

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 provide a test of English proficiency. Always check with YNTEP coordinator well ahead of the start of the semester, in case specific testing will be required.

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.

Application dates

Fall 2022 entry

An initial review of applications will be completed on April 15, 2022. Please note applications to YNTEP Program may be accepted up until August 12, 2022, 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, the 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 in a single package to:

Office of the Registrar
Yukon University
500 University Drive
PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5K4

Phone: 867.668.8710 or toll-free 1.800.661.0504

2. Completed application forms must be accompanied by 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 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

Phone: 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


YNTEP Handbook

Graduation requirements

The University of Regina awards a Bachelor of Education for the successful completion of 120 credits in YNTEP.

Students must maintain an overall 65% average in order to complete program requirements for graduation and, in some cases, to continue in the program.

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.

The content of the YNTEP program meets and exceeds the standards of YukonU's First Nation Core Competency requirement.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Career opportunties

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

Program guides

The program template, approved by the University of Regina

Students can use this to guide course selection and track progress toward completion.

NOTE: courses may not be offered in the term indicated in the template.Program%20Planning%20Template%20Approved%202021.docx

Money matters


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.


Title Campus Scheduled
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages 2
ELBP 215 - Indigenous Land Based Education: Part 1
ELBP 225 - Indigenous Land Based Education: Part 2
ECS 101 - Education for Justice - Knowledge, Schooling and Society Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECS 102 - Education for Justice - Self and Other
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Online/Video, Online/Video, Online/Video
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Online/Video, Online/Video, Online/Video
MATY 101 - Introductory Finite Math Online/Video
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting 1 Online/Video
ECCU 200 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Education
ECCU 390 - First Nations Cultures and Values
ECS 210 - Curriculum as Cultural and Social Practice
EDTC 300 - Introduction to Educational Technology and Media
EFLD 200 - Education Field Experience 2
EINL 200 - Culture and the Acquisition of Language and Literacy
ELNG 200 - Linguistic Diversity & Teaching Language Arts
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science 1
EAES 310 - Introduction to Arts Education
ECCU 300 - Cross-Cultural Teaching Strategies Online/Video
ECS 303 - Curriculum and Pedagogy 2
EFLD 060 - Professional Learning as Community Experience
ELNG 325 - Teaching of Writing Online/Video
EMTH 310 - Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School Online/Video
EPE 310 - Physical Education in the Elementary School Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ERDG 310 - Teaching Literacy for a Better World
ESCI 310 - Science Education (Pre-K to Grade 5)
ESST 310 - Social Studies for Elementary School Teachers Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECS 401 - Critical Perspectives of Assessment Online/Video
EFLD 405 - Internship
EHE 310 - Health Education in Elementary School Online/Video
EPSY 400 - Working with Difference & Diversity Online/Video
ERDG 425 - Culturally Responsive Literacy Education Online/Video