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.

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, a 4-week spring practicum in a rural community, a 1-week summer cultural camp, and a 16-week Internship.

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):

  • See UR requirements for conditional acceptance here.
  • Current high school students can provide an interim grade report and a schedule of current/planned courses to YukonU Admissions by email or mail.
  • All applicants must submit official final high school/secondary 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 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 060 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 required to submit high school transcript)
  • minimum 65% in English 12 or B- ENGL 060

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.


The application deadline for fall 2024 is May 1st, 2024. There is one intake per year and seats in the program are limited. 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. 

If you have questions about applying to the program, please contact YukonU admissions at:, Ph: (867) 668-8610 or 1-800-661-0504

Follow the steps below to apply:

Step 1: Apply online to Yukon University

  • Apply to Yukon University 
  • Select "Partnership Programs" as your application-type
  • Choose "Bachelor of Education - 4 year" as your program
  • Pay your application fee

Step 2: Submit required documentation to Yukon University

YNTEP Application Checklist can help support you in writing and compiling this documentation.

  • Official copies of post-secondary or high school transcripts (must be received in a sealed envelope, directly from the institution). See step 3, copies must also be sent to the University of Regina
  • Personal Statement of 500 words or less (see Application Checklist)
  • Letters of consent and permission (see Application Checklist)
  • A current resume highlighting employment, community service, and volunteer work, as they related to children and youth.
  • Three letters of reference that speak to your abilities to work in schools, with children:
    • 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).
Submit documents by mail or scan and email to 
Office of the Registrar, Yukon University
500 University Drive, PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5K4

Step 3: Submit transcripts to the University of Regina

  • One copy of all official post-secondary transcripts must also be sent to the University of Regina:
University of Regina, Enrollment Services Admissions
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2

Step 4: Submit required documentation to the Yukon Government, Department of Education

  • To be eligible for the program, you must submit a current acceptable criminal record check, including a vulnerable sector check    
  • 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.     
Submit documents to:
Human Resources, Yukon Department of Education
Box 2703 Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6


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.

Students must successfully complete all core Education and non-Education courses and the following electives:

  • 5 courses from 'Non-Education Electives' 
  • 2 courses from 'First Nation Language Electives' 
  • 1 course from 'Natural Science Elective' 
  • 1 course from 'Media, Art, Performance Elective' 
  • 1 course from 'Open Elective' (from any category listed above)
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

Students should use this guide during each term's course selection and for tracking progress towards degree completion. Program advising is always available, but students need to be aware of their status with YukonU and the University of Regina. Courses may not be offered in the term indicated in the template.

NOTE: This guide was revised June 9th, 2022 to add a Year 2 fall course required by the University of Regina.

Bachelor of Educ 2022 Corrected.pdf

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.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Non-Education Electives *5 courses required

Title Campus Scheduled
ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 101 - Biological Anthropology
ANTH 103 - Introduction to Archaeology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ASTR 100 - Introduction to Astronomy
BIOL 101 - Ecology, Evolution and Diversity Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102 - Cellular Biology and Physiology
BIOL 201 - Cell Biology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 220 - Ecology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics
CHEM 210 - Organic Chemistry I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
COMM 100 - Business Communications Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
CPSC 128 - Object Oriented Programming I
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing 1
CRWR 242 - Creative Non-Fiction Workshop
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
ENGL 203 - Introduction to the Novel
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature
ENGL 230 - Indigenous Narratives
ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health
FNGA 100 - Introduction to Indigenous Governance Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
FNGA 101 - Governance & Land Claims Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 101 - Earth Systems: Atmosphere and Climate Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 102 - Earth Systems: Landscapes and Natural Hazards
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 108 - Earth Through Time
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 324 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World I Online/Video
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership 2
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHIL 230 - Bridging Knowledges Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 100 - Introductory Physics
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics 2
POLI 101 - The Government of Canada Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
POLI 230 - Indigenous Political Thought Online/Video
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 2
PSYC 202 - Cognitive Psychology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology Online/Video
PSYC 205 - Child Development
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies 1 Online/Video
WGST 202 - Women in Indigenous Societies

First Nation Language Electives *2 courses required

Media, Art, Performance Electives *1 course required

Title Campus Scheduled
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)