Alaska Alternative Teacher Certification Requirements

Jan 02, 2019

Those interested in becoming teachers in Alaska, but who do not want to take the traditional route, can learn about the salary of these professionals, as well as the special requirements to become one of them.

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The state of Alaska offers those who wish to teach there a chance to bring their valid out-of-state teaching certificate with them when they move from within the United States. We discuss here, however, the basic skills exam, Alaska studies course, and multiculturalism course required for these teachers by the state.

Alternative Requirements for Alaska Teacher Certification

Average Salary for Alaska Teachers (2016)* $73,190 (Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education); $73,050 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education); $75,950 (Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education); $82,020 (Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Elementary or Secondary Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Certification from Another State

One of the main requirements for an established teacher to bring their skills to an Alaskan school is that they have a valid teaching certificate in another state. This certification may have had its own unique requirements, including a professional knowledge and a subject matter expertise exam. A teacher education program may have also been part of the certification process. When applying for an out-of-state teacher certificate, the candidate will have to submit their official transcripts to show they have completed this education.

Three-Part Basic Skills Test

Those educators on the out-of-state path to teaching certification in Alaska are required to pass a basic competency exam administered and recognized by the state. One option is the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) exam. As many basic skills tests, it has a reading, writing, and mathematics subtest.

The reading section is comprised of 56 multiple-choice questions, which examinees get 85 minutes to complete. To pass and become certified to teach in Alaska, candidates must get at least a 156 on this subtest alone. During the test, candidates will be tested on their knowledge of skills like: reading closely, locating main ideas, and interpreting the use of ambiguous words. The writing section requires a score of at least a 162. Examinees are given 40 multiple-choice questions and two essay assignments. This can take up to 100 minutes for test-takers to finish, and convers topics such as: logical organization, clear theses, word choice based on purpose and audience, and grammar. Finally, the math subtest includes 56 questions, which may take 85 minutes for examinees to complete. This section focuses on proportions, real numbers, algebraic expressions, equations, geometrical figures, and statistics. Individuals must accomplish at least a 150 on this section.

Other Required Coursework

All teachers in Alaska, including those coming from out-of-state, are required to take a course in Alaska studies and a course in multiculturalism. Courses like the history of Alaskan Natives or Alaska government and politics will fulfill the former, while classes like multicultural education, comparative education, and diversity in the classroom are all examples of the former.

Background Check

By collecting a teacher candidate's fingerprints, the Alaska Department of Public Safety completes a stringent examination of your state-level criminal offenses. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will complete an investigation of your federal offenses.

Link for Alaska Alternative Teacher Certification

To help you prepare for the CASE exam, the following link provides study materials for all three subtests.

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