The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development reported 133,223 students enrolled in the state's public school system for the 2016-2017 school year. This includes children in pre-kindergarten programs through twelfth grade. It is vital for Alaska to retain qualified teachers through the certification renewal process.
Alaska Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Teachers in Alaska (2016)*|| $73,050 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education);
$75,950 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special Education and Career/Technical Education);
$82,020 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special Education and Career/Technical Education)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree|
|Testing Requirements||Passing exam scores in reading, writing, and mathematics and passing score on subject-specific Praxis exam|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
How to Renew Your Alaska Teacher Credentials
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development oversees the teacher credentialing process. Teachers earn an Initial/Two-Year Certificate, with the option for a one-year extension, when they become certified in Alaska. They will qualify for an Initial/Three-Year Certificate if they completed approved Alaska studies and multicultural coursework during their undergraduate training program. Once an initial certificate expires, teachers will need to apply for their credential renewals. Alaska offers various options for teachers.
Second Initial Teacher Certificate
Teachers can apply for a Second Initial Teacher Certificate. Applicants will need to show proof of the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree
- Passing scores on basic competency exams (such as the CBEST or Praxis) and subject-specific exam (Praxis II)
- Three semester hours of Alaska studies coursework and three semester hours of Alaska multicultural coursework
- Six semester hours completed in the five years before the date of application
- Completed at least four required trainings in the five years before the date of application
The certification is $200.00, with an additional $60.00 if a background check is needed. It is good for five years and cannot be renewed.
Teachers also have the option to apply for a Professional Certificate if they meet all of the above requirements and have two years of work experience with a valid license. They will also qualify if they have an Initial Certificate that was valid on September 16, 2011. The Professional Certificate costs $200.00, with an additional $60.00 for a background check if needed. It is valid for five years and can be renewed. Renewal for the Professional Certificate requires that applicants have completed six semester hours of related employment coursework taken over the lifetime of their certificate. A renewal is $200.00, along with the $60.00 for a background check if needed.
Teachers are eligible for a Master Certificate if they meet the requirements for a Professional Certificate, possess a current Initial or Professional Certificate, and have a National Board certification. This certificate is good for ten years and is renewable. Teachers must complete six semester hours of related employment coursework during the lifetime of their certificate. The renewal fee is $200.00, along with $60.00 if needed for the background check.
Certification Resources for Alaska Teachers
Alaska teachers may find the below courses helpful when securing their teaching credentials.