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Special Education, B. A.
Distance Delivery

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. Candidates who complete the B.A. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.
Courses are offered at the Juneau campus and through E-learning (online and via audio conference). The e-learning option allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their degrees.

This program is currently only available to candidates who live in Alaska.

Contact



  • Jill Burkert
  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6033



  • Delores Graver
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Phone: 796-6424

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Special Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services  for students with disabilities. The program focuses on  the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities;  (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native  communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. Candidates who complete the B.A. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special  Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. 

Courses are offered at the Juneau campus and through e-Learning (online and via audio conference). The e-Learning option allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their degrees.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program after completing all UAS general admission requirements and the following:

  1. Background check.

Admission to Senior Year Practicum and Student Teaching

In addition to the admissions requirements above, students must complete the following to be admitted into the senior year:

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.75
  2. Successful completion of all pre-senior year courses with grades of C 2.00 (not C-) or better
  3. Application for student teaching, including fingerprinting and background check
  4. Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification. The Praxis I exam assess basic knowledge in reading, writing, and math. There are two versions of the Praxis I: the paper-based professional skills test (PPST) and the computer-based test (CBT). Either version is acceptable.
  5. Current resume and letter of introduction to future host teacher and principal.
  6. Letter of recommendation from someone other than an education professor speaking to the student’s potential as a certified teacher.

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 2.75 or higher
  3. Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 0014), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.
 
 

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All education programs through the School of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, a performance-based teacher accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


 

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