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 premise of this profound document was attention to the educational injustice of the Yukon’s education system. In response to this, CYI 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 and their communities.

In response to this mandate, The Yukon Native Teacher Education Program (YNTEP) is designed as a four-year, 120 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; two spring practica, First Nations language instruction, as well as a one-week summer cultural camp course. The program provides extensive school practicum experiences totalling 26 weeks throughout the four 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 four years, with a capstone internship of 16 weeks in the final year.  They are generally arranged in an elementary school setting, although individual arrangements can be considered, where appropriate, for grades 7 to 9 placements 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.

Admission Requirements

NOTE: Applicants will be ranked using weighting criteria and seats offered based on the ranking until available seats are filled.

To be eligible for admission, students must meet ONE of the following criteria:

Criterion 1: High School Applicants
(the applicant has only attended high school, or has less than 24 credit hours of University or College courses):

  • Grade 12 graduation with a 65% average overall, including English 12
  • one of:
    •  Pre-Calculus 11 or 12; or
    •  Foundations of Math 12; or
    •  Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 12; 
    •  a Science 12 course
  • 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.

Criterion 2: Applicants who did not graduate from high school, or has less than 24 credit hours of University or College courses, or do not meet high school requirements:

  • has attempted fewer than 24 credit hours of post-secondary studies
  • Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or protected person
  • 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
  • acceptable scores on Math Assessments or successful completion of Math 050 or equivalent
  • proof of English Language Proficiency

Criterion 3: Post-secondary Applicants

  • if the applicant has over 24 degree-level post-secondary credits, admission is based on the overall grade percentage which must be a minimum of 65%.
  • an applicant with more than over 24 credit hours in post-secondary education is not required to submit their 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.

Official Transcripts

Are sent directly from the high school/secondary school of the post-secondary university or college in a sealed envelope


Application Dates

Fall 2019 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 19, 2019.

Prospective candidates will be invited to an interview with a selection panel prior to the end of April. Arrangement can be made for interviews to be conducted via web-based platforms.

June 29, 2019 is the last day for late applications. Note that late applications will only be considered if seats are available.

Application Process

YNTEP is a partnership program where the degree and many courses are provided by the University of Regina and the courses are delivered on-site at the Yukon College. 

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

Applying to Yukon College

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

Office of the Registrar
Yukon College
500 College 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 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).
  • Two copies of all transcripts from your high school and all post-secondary educational institutions attended must be submitted. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope, directly from the post-secondary institution.  
    • Current high school students can provide an interim grade report and a schedule of current/planned courses by email or mail (only send using one method, do not send by email and then by mail for example).
  • 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. 


YNTEP Handbook

Graduation Requirements

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

Students must successfully complete HIST 140: History of Yukon First Nations and Self Government in order to graduate from the YNTEP program.

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

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College 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, Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Canada.

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.

Yukon College Student Financial Awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College 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 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.


Title Campus Scheduled
ECS 100 - Knowledge, Schooling & Society
ECS 110 - Self and Other Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
EIOE 215 - First Nations' Outdoor Education: Part I
EIOE 225 - First Nations' Outdoor Education: Part II
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
MATY 101 - Introductory Finite Math
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECCU 200 - Introduction to Cross-Cultural Education Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECCU 390 - First Nations Cultures and Values Off-Campus
ECS 200 - Constructions of the Student, Learner and the School Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECS 210 - Curriculum as Cultural and Social Practice
EDTC 300 - Introduction to Educational Technology and Media
EFLD 200 - Education Field Experience II
EINL 200 - Culture and the Acquisition of Language and Literacy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ELNG 200 - Linguistic Diversity & Teaching Language Arts Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
EAES 310 - Introduction to Arts Education Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECCU 300 - Cross-Cultural Teaching Strategies
ECS 311 - Pedagogy, Theory & Practice II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
EFLD 060 - Professional Learning as Community Experience Off-Campus
EFLD 310 - Teaching Experiences Pre-K to Grade 5 Classroom (2 week Field Placement) Off-Campus
EFLD 311 - Teaching Experiences in the Pre-K to Grade 8 Classroom
ELNG 325 - Teaching of Writing
EMTH 310 - Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School
EPE 310 - Physical Education in the Elementary School Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ERDG 310 - Teaching Literacy for a Better World Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ESCI 310 - Science Education (Pre-K to Grade 5)
ESST 310 - Social Studies for Elementary School Teachers
ECS 410 - Assessment and Evaluation
EFLD 405 - Internship Off-Campus
EHE 310 - Health Education in Elementary School
EPSY 400 - Working with Difference & Diversity
ERDG 425 - Culturally Responsive Literacy Education