Teacher Certification Program Overview
Teacher certification programs at both the bachelor's and master's degree levels are available at Alaska's state-approved universities. These programs provide students with the endorsement needed to apply for Alaska teacher certification. Students can choose to focus on elementary, secondary, or special education. Prospective high school teachers can specialize in subject areas such as mathematics or history. These programs offer both coursework and practical experience through internships or fieldwork as a student teacher. As of 2019, there are three state-approved universities that offer teacher certification programs. These schools are discussed below.
Alaska Pacific University
This university has one program, the K-8 Certification Only Option Program (Co-Op), which is geared towards students interested in careers as elementary school teachers who already have degrees in another field. It provides the practical training and coursework needed to apply for the state teacher license at the kindergarten through eighth grade level. The master-level program consists of 27 course credits focusing on three different themes: educational foundations and classroom management, early literacy, and partnerships and accountability. Students who completed the program in the past have successfully enrolled in master's degree programs, obtained their state licenses, and received job offers as elementary school teachers. Students currently pursuing the master's degree in environmental and outdoor education can also choose to dual enroll in the Co-Op and complete both programs.
University of Alaska - Southeast
Located in the city of Juneau, University of Alaska - Southeast has several teacher certification programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels. Bachelor's degree students can choose to major in elementary education or special education. For students who already have a bachelor's degree, there are several certificate and graduate degree options, some which can be completed online. Graduate certificates are available in areas such as elementary education, secondary education, and mathematics. These provide students with the necessary eligibility endorsements to apply for a teaching certificate in the state. The school has two master's degree programs: Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Master's in Education (M.ed.). The M.A.T. is available in elementary education, special education, and secondary education, and is ideal for students looking to obtain their initial teaching certificate. The M.ed. is designed for licensed teachers who want to increase their knowledge in areas such as mathematics education or special education.
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
This University of Alaska campus is located in the northern city of Fairbanks and has programs ranging from the bachelor's to the doctoral degree level. Undergraduate students can choose to major in elementary or secondary education. Students with a non-education major can choose from four different one-year post-baccalaureate certificates (elementary education, special education, secondary education, or art education). Those who complete the certificate are eligible to apply to become teachers in Alaska. Students can also become eligible by completing one of the M.ed. degrees, which are available in the same areas as the certificates. Teachers wishing to increase their knowledge and skills can obtain an M.ed. in fields such as counseling, literacy, or cross cultural education, or they may enroll in the Ph.D. program.
Teacher Certification Resources
Successfully completing a teacher certification program is just one step you need to take to become a teacher in Alaska. Study.com has more information on what you need to do to become a teacher in Alaska: