Apply for a Yukon teacher certificate

  • Eligibility
  • After you apply
  • Apply for a Yukon teacher certificate
  1. Eligibility

    To be eligible for a Yukon teacher certificate, you must be:

    • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a work permit;
    • of good moral character and have sound judgement; and
    • a fit and proper person to teach school students.

    Qualification documents for a Yukon teacher certificate

    You must hold a qualification document in good standing, such as:

    • a certificate;
    • a license;
    • registration; or
    • other forms of official recognition from another Canadian jurisdiction.

    Or, you must've completed an approved bachelor of education degree:

    • at a university or college in Yukon; or
    • under the auspices of Yukon Education.
  2. After you apply

    We’ll email you when your application package is with the registrar for review. Once reviewed, we’ll notify you in writing if you’re:

    • approved;
    • approved with restrictions or conditions;
    • or denied.

    Restrictions and conditions

    If you have not taught in the past 2 years, you may get a Yukon teacher certificate with restrictions or conditions such as:

    • extra training or experience requirements; and
    • more examinations or assessments.

    You may get a Yukon teacher certificate with restrictions or conditions, or be denied if:

    • your most recent certification from another jurisdiction has restrictions or conditions; or
    • you’ve faced complaints or criminal or disciplinary proceedings related to:
      • you as a teacher;
      • your conduct; or
      • your character.

    Read the Teacher Certification Regulations for more information Yukon teacher certification.

  3. Apply for a Yukon teacher certificate

    Gather your supporting documents

    A qualification document:

    • A certificate
    • A license
    • Registration
    • Other form of official recognition from another Canadian jurisdiction

    Formal recognition if you've completed an approved bachelor of education degree at:

    • a university or college in Yukon; or
    • under the auspices of Yukon Education.

    A current statement of professional standing:

    • From the jurisdiction that issued your qualification document.
    • From any other Canadian jurisdiction where you have taught.

    A copy of your most recent evaluation

    If you’re a new teacher, include copies of your practice teaching reports.

    2 references who have known you for 2 years or longer

    • Your references must fill out a Confidential Reference for Applicant for Teacher Certification form.
    • The forms must include information about your abilities and suitability for teaching
    • Your references must submit the form.
      In person: Education Building (entrance to parking on Hospital Road), 1000 Lewes Boulevard in Whitehorse. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
      Email: katie.gilson@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Department of Education
      Human Resources (E-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    Your original official transcripts

    Get this from the educational institution you attended. 

    A current vulnerable sector check

    You must get a vulnerable sector check to get a Yukon teacher certificate. Follow these steps.

    1. Visit your local RCMP detachment with 2 pieces of identification.
    2. Follow the instructions given to you by the RCMP to complete the process. The fee for a vulnerable sector check can vary. Ask the RCMP about the cost.
    3. Bring the original to the Department of Education's Human Resources branch.In person: Education Building (entrance to parking on Hospital Road), 1000 Lewes Boulevard in Whitehorse. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Your vulnerable sector check is valid for 2 years from the date the RCMP verifies the search. You must keep it current, even if it expires in the middle of a school year.

    Proof of identity, citizenship or employment status

    A copy of your birth certificate, passport or work permit to show proof of:

    • Canadian citizenship;
    • permanent residency; or
    • employment status.

    We may also ask for:

    • A record of all prior experience as a teacher
    • Evidence of both oral and written skill in French or English
    • More information needed to check the documents

    Submit your application

    Follow these steps to apply for a Yukon teacher certificate.

    1. Fill out the Application for Yukon Teacher Certification form.
    2. Include your supporting documents listed above.
    3. Submit your application package. 
      In person: Education Building (entrance to parking on Hospital Road), 1000 Lewes Boulevard in Whitehorse. Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
      Email: katie.gilson@gov.yk.ca
      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Department of Education
      Human Resources (E-1)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Contact 

For questions, email katie.gilson@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-8876 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 8876.