To work as a teacher in Alaska, you must meet the requirements set by the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED). Teachers must have at least a bachelor degree in education, obtain certification and meet the basic competency requirements by passing the Praxis exam(s).
Alaska has several levels of certification. The certification level you wish to hold determines the education degree level you must complete. According to the Alaska DEED, there are only four approved teaching schools in Alaska. Learn about what these four schools have to offer.
Bachelors in Education Programs in Alaska
Alaska Pacific University offers a Bachelor of Arts in education aimed at students who wish to teach grades K-8. The program includes education courses, foundations courses and classroom practicum course.
The University of Alaska in Anchorage is a CAEP-accredited college that has several educational programs including a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.
The University of Alaska in Fairbanks offers various options in education programs including bachelor degrees in both elementary education and secondary education. These programs allow students to complete both a certification program and bachelor degree program, but they must focus on one specific subject. University of Alaska Southeast offers a bachelor degree in elementary education and one n secondary education.
Masters in Education Programs in Alaska
The Master of Arts in Teaching program offered at Alaska Pacific University is for teachers who already have their teaching license and have completed the K-8 Certification Only Program (mentioned below). In addition to courses, the student must complete a research project prior to graduation.
UA-Anchorage has a Master of Education that offers several areas of concentration: counselor education, early childhood special education, teaching and learning educational leadership and special education. UA-Fairbanks offers various master degree programs including special education, elementary education, secondary education, school counselling and community counseling, among others. UA Southeast offers master degree programs both on campus and online. The on-campus programs are Master of Arts in Teaching in either elementary or secondary and middle schools.
Online Degrees in Education in Alaska
Some Alaska colleges, like Alaska Pacific University, offer education programs online. Before teachers can be certified, they must complete all requirements in their academic program, which typically includes internships. Therefore, while the coursework may be online, the practical experience usually needs to be completed in an actual classroom. UA Southeast offers various online education programs including bachelor degrees, graduate certificates, endorsements and Master of Education programs in educational technology, reading specialist, special education, educational leadership or mathematics education.
Alaska Teaching Certifications & Specializations
Alaska Pacific University offers a K-8 teaching certificate (Certification-Only Option Program) for individuals that have a non-teaching bachelor degree but wish to become certified K-8 teachers in Alaska or pursue a master’s degree. Credits from this program can go towards a Master of Arts graduate program. In addition to being offered online, this self-paced program is also offered at night and on weekends.
UA-Anchorage’s College of Education graduate certificate programs in counselor education, language education, Educational leadership (principal), educational leadership (superintendent) and special education.
Both APU and UA-Anchorage offer education associate degree programs for students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree but want to continue working. Students can complete prerequisite and general education courses prior to enrolling in the baccalaureate program. Education courses in these programs can be applied towards bachelor degree programs.
UA-Anchorage offers an undergraduate certificate in early childhood development as well as post-baccalaureate certificates in both elementary education and early childhood pre-k-third grade. UA-Fairbanks offers certification programs and several post-baccalaureate programs in special education certification as well as a licensure-only program for bachelor degree holders who wish to become teachers.