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University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website
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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).

  • 20 teaching programs in Alaska accredited by CAEP
  • 4 CAEP-accredited Bachelor's degrees
  • 10 CAEP-accredited Master's degrees in Alaska

The licensing process is overseen by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Alaska has a tiered system for licensure. The standardized tests are the appropriate Praxis subject exams. There are also state-specific course requirements.

Requirements to Teach in the State of Alaska

A certified teacher in Alaska has to have a Bachelor's degree, complete or be taking part in a preparation program, and pass standardized tests. Credentials from some other state may qualify for an interstate reciprocity program. There are three types of Alaska teaching credentials – the Initial Certificate, Professional Certificate, and a Master Teaching Certificate.

The Initial Certificate is in force for two years. A one-year extension is possible, but nonrenewable passed that plateau.
The Professional Certificate is a renewable, five-year certificate. To advance from Initial to Professional, the teacher must teach for a minimum of two years, complete the preparation program, and take the courses required. A Master Teaching Certificate that is valid for ten years and renewable is available for those who earn National Board certification.

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Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website
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Alaska has several levels of certification, according to Alaska.gov. 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.

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.

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School Level Program Admissions

University of West Alabama

Bachelor Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Development Website

The University of Iowa

Master Master of Arts in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency Website

Purdue University

Master Online MS in Education Website

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master Master of Administrative Science Website

Eastern Oregon University

Bachelor Bachelor in Early Childhood Education Website

University of West Alabama

Master Education Specialist: Teacher Leader Website

Winthrop University

Master Master of Arts in Arts Administration Website

University of West Alabama

Master Master of Arts in Teaching Website

George Mason University

Master Master of Education in Special Education Website
CAEP Accredited Teaching Programs

List of CAEP-Accredited Teaching Degrees in Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage
CAEP
  • Post Bachelors in Early Childhood Education - Post Baccalaureate NAEYC
  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education (baccalaureate) NAEYC
  • Masters in Early Childhood Special Education (M.Ed.) CEC
  • Masters in Educational Leadership (M. Ed. - principal) ELCC
  • Specialist or C.A.S. in Educational Leadership: Principal (post-graduate certificate) ELCC
  • Masters in English/Language Arts (MAT – secondary) NCTE
  • Masters in Science (MAT - secondary) NSTA
  • Masters in Special Education - Mild Disabilities CEC
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks
CAEP
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in Elementary Education Post Baccalaureate Licensure ACEI
  • Post Bachelors in English/LA Secondary Education Licensure NCTE
  • Post Bachelors in Foreign Language Secondary Education Licensure ACTFL
  • Post Bachelors in Science Secondary Education Licensure NSTA
University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau
CAEP
  • Masters in Educational Leadership ELCC
  • Bachelors in Elementary Education (BAElEd) ACEI
  • Masters in Elementary Education (MAT Distance) ACEI
  • Masters in Reading Specialist ILA
  • Masters in Special Education CEC
  • Bachelors in Special Education BA CEC
  • Masters in Special Education MAT CEC

Scholarship/Financial Aid Available

For years, scholarships helped students pay for a college education. Both the demand and supply are high in Alaska. Living in Alaska or attendance at an Alaska college or university makes students eligible for financial aid. Below are two of the opportunities.

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

This source is among the largest for finding Alaska scholarships and grants. The AlaskaAdvantage Grant is one of the more accessible. It is need-based and state-funded. The grant is for undergraduate students. Candidates must live in Alaska. Awards vary from $500 to $2000. Applicants complete the FAFSA.

Alaska Teacher Education Loans

The loans from this program are offered explicitly to Alaska students studying to become teachers. The purpose of the program provides an incentive for students to enter the field of teaching and remain in Alaska to teach.
Teaching students attending a college or university in Alaska are eligible for low-interest student loans. Those who agree to an exchange of teaching in rural Alaska public schools for a specific number of years may qualify for loan forgiveness.

Requirements for In-State Tuition

It is tough to earn in-state tuition at Alaska universities. There are burdensome financial independence and a two-year domicile period. The University of Alaska-Fairbanks has a loophole where parents who buy the University of Alaska’s 529 savings plan receive in-state tuition.

Alaska belongs to the Western Undergraduate Exchange that has an agreement of limited regional reciprocity among select Western States. If eligible, out-of-state students pay 150 percent of in-state tuition at the most. The nonresident’s rate that may exceed 300 percent of the in-state rate.

Students eligible for in-state tuition include but are not limited to the following.

  • A resident of the state or a non-citizen who has lived in Alaska for a minimum of two years
  • Received a State of Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend and lived in Alaska for the last 12 months
  • Military personnel on active duty, or their dependent children or spouses
  • National Guard members and their families

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.

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.