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How to Become a High School Teacher in Alaska

Individuals interested in teaching high school students in Alaska will need to complete a bachelor's degree in education. They must also earn state certification by passing basic competency and chosen content area exams.

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According to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2018, Alaska includes 55 school districts with about 500 schools. Some urban districts offer distinct high schools, while more rural areas often have K-12 schools. High school teachers in Alaska may work in various types of settings to help prepare students for their career paths upon graduation.

High School Teacher Requirements in Alaska

Average Salary for Teachers in Alaska (2016)* $82,020 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special Education and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Chosen content area
Testing Requirements Passing exam scores in reading, writing, and mathematics and passing score on Praxis exam in their approved content area

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Step 1: Complete Education Requirements

Candidates interested in teaching high school will need to complete a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university. Relevant coursework may include becoming a middle/high school teacher, foundations of modern educational practice, inclusive classrooms for all children, and English/language arts secondary instruction and assessment. Candidates will need to complete a student teaching assignment, which may last a semester or school year.

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Step 2: Obtain Certification

After fulfilling the educational requirements, candidates must obtain certification to teach high school in the state of Alaska. They will need to apply for an initial, two-year teaching certificate, which has several requirements.

Candidates will need to earn passing scores in reading, writing, and mathematics on an approved basic competency exam. Alaska offers various options for the approved basic competency exams, which include the Praxis and CBEST.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE):

  • Reading (5712): A passing score is 156.
  • Writing (5722): Candidates must earn 162 to pass.
  • Mathematics (5732): 150 is the passing score for this exam.

Praxis I (required test scores for PSST (PreProfessional Skills Test) or CBT (Computer Based Test):

  • Reading: PSST 175; CBT 322
  • Writing : PSST 174; CBT 321
  • Math: PSST 173; CBT 318

Another option for the basic competency exam is the CBEST: Candidates will need to earn a passing score of 123 for all three sections combined. They cannot earn less than 37 on one section.

Candidates will also need to earn a passing score on the Praxis II examination in their approved content area. Options include mathematics, geography, chemistry, health education, physics, and social studies. Passing scores vary depending on the content area examination, but range from 139 to 168.

The Initial/Two-Year certificate is valid for two years, with the option to apply for a one-year extension. Candidates who completed the Alaska studies and multicultural coursework during their undergraduate training will be able to receive an Initial/Three-Year certificate.

All candidates who wish to work in an Alaska Public School District will need to submit a fingerprint card with their teaching application. They will also need to have clear criminal history reports through the Alaska Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Certification Resources for Alaska High School Teachers

Individuals preparing to teach high school students may find the below courses helpful in studying for their state certifications examinations.

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