Elementary Education Certificate Program
The certificate program is a non-degree post baccalaureate program of study preparing students for an initial teaching certificate and is available in elementary education. UAS provides institutional recommendation to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development which grants certification for grades K-8.
The certificate program is only offered through e-Learning and is only available to students in urban and rural communities throughout the state of Alaska.
Candidates in this program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed Internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments and a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. Practicum courses are available only to students admitted to the elementary teacher certificate program.
Courses are delivered via audio conference, DVD, computer conferencing, and correspondence. Students should be familiar with using email, the Internet, computer conferencing, and should have fax access. Certificate students must receive approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.
Current Elementary Students, please see information on the Elementary MAT Program.
Dr. Katy Spangler
Professor of Elementary Education
P.O. Box 773354
Eagle River, Alaska 99577
Elementary Education K-8 Graduate Certificate
The teacher certification program in Elementary Education is a graduate certificate that leads to recommendation for an elementary K-8 Initial Teacher Certificate. The program is offered by e-Learning only and is available to students in urban and rural areas throughout Alaska. On-site cohorts may also be formed as demand warrants. Students in the program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed Internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments and a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. Certification students must receive the approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.
Courses are delivered via audio and online. Students must have access to high speed Internet connections, a speakerphone, a digital camera, a digital video camera, and a scanner.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a general education background from an accredited institution. The program advisors will examine transcripts to determine if the applicant has sufficient background in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health. Applicants who lack sufficient background in one or more of these areas can expect to take additional coursework.
- A completed graduate application and $60 non-refundable admission processing fee
- An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
- Two recommendations on specific forms available from the School of Education
- A writing sample consisting of two pieces:
- A statement of professional objectives
- An impromptu writing sample
- Official Praxis Core test scores
- Letter of support from local school district administration (except those in the Anchorage and Juneau School Districts)
- Documentation of successful work with children in an early childhood or elementary school setting
- Signed waiver form to allow potential host teachers access to student application information provided by the School of Education
- Student information sheet
- Applicants may also be interviewed.
- Content competency in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health are assessed at admission. Candidates may need to take extra undergraduate level coursework if deficient in any area.
Praxis Subject Assessment
To successfully graduate from the program, students must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment as required by the State for your certification area.
For student teaching, the department may limit registration, determine assignments, and prescribe the number of teaching hours required. Six successful credits of student teaching are required. The Program Coordinator reserves the right to require an additional 3-6 credit hours of student teaching for students who fail to meet the standard.
Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)
|Minimum Credit Hours||45|
|COED||S001||Preparations for Teacher Education Programs||0|
|ED||S230||Introduction to Educational Technology||3|
|ED||S320B||Physical Education in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S320E||Health in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S333||The Learner and the Learning Process||3|
Select one from the following (1 credit):
|ED||S320A||Art in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S320C||Music in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED||S320D||Drama in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ALST||S603||Alaska Literature for Young People||3|
|ED||S615||Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades||3|
|ED||S616||Math Methods in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED||S617||Science Methods in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED||S618||Social Studies in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED||S619||Classroom Management and Discipline||3|
|ECE||S661||Literacy and Young Children||3|
|ED||S680||Perspectives on Multicultural Education||3|
|EDSE||S482||The Inclusive Classrooms for All Children||3|
Recommendation for certification will be granted upon successful completion of the above coursework.
Students are encouraged to complete the remaining coursework required for the M.A.T. degree during their initial years as classroom teachers.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Elementary & Teaching Certificate
Please return all items to the Admissions Department as instructed below.
Step 1: Consult with Katy Spangler (Program Coordinator).
Step 2: Send application documents to Admissions
UAS - Admissions
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
1-866-465-6424 toll free
For questions about application documents, email the Student Services Assistant:
- Graduate application for admission (MAT program)
- Admission fee of $60.
- Background Check (.doc)
- Official transcript with evidence of baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0
- Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
- Two Letters of Recommendation with SOE forms (.doc)
- Information Release Waiver Statement (.doc)
- Admission Writing Sample of two parts: Instructions (.pdf)
- Documentation of Successful Work with Children: Letter from Dean Lo (.pdf) and Early Classroom Experience (.pdf)
- Passing Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) exam(.pdf) results -see note #5 (Register @ ETS).
- Student Information Sheet (.pdf)
- Applicant faxes or mails unofficial transcripts to advisor
- Advisor completes transcript analysis
- Applicant and advisor discuss individual’s program
Step 3: Complete program prerequisites
- GPA of 3.0 for Certificate and MAT programs from undergraduate transcript. (If your GPA is below 3.0, you can be admitted provisionally.)
- Prerequisite coursework as recommended by advisor
- ED 230 or competency is prerequisite for Elementary Credential Program
- You may apply for admission to the MAT and Credential Programs at the same time. You pay $60 admission fee once if you apply at the same time and only have to submit one copy of your admissions paperwork.
- Admission status notices are mailed out by the School of Education.
- Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
- You may not take practicum methods courses (ED 615, ED 616, ED 617, ED 618, ED 619, and ED 661) until you are admitted and have completed ED 230 and ED 333. All other courses are open to students prior to full admission.
- You must TAKE the Praxis CASE exam for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the exam, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis CASE prior to full admission and prior to placement in any school practicum.
- You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in these programs. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course for it to count. A "C-" grade will not be counted as “passing.”
The complete MAT Elementary Distance Handbook, Student Teaching Handbook and Host Teacher Handbook are available for download here:
Student Teaching Application Procedures
Student Teaching applications will not be considered until candidates have been admitted to the program and the four steps below have been completed.
- Submission of a passing Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge (5018) score.
- If student teaching is to take place at a middle school, then a passing score for the Praxis II Middle School Content Area exam is also required.
- Completed/signed UAS student teaching application;
- Eligibility Waiver request, if applicable
- Copies of application documents that you have sent to the Department of Education:
- copy of completed Fingerprint card;
- copy only of pages 1-6 of the DEED Student Teaching Authorization Application. See below regarding page 7.
- Copy of Certified Check/money order for $60 background/fingerprint card; you can pay via credit card too.
For the Student Teaching Authorization, include the $60 fee (Credit Card, cashier's check or money order ONLY). This is sent to DEED. We just need proof of the payment.
Applications are found on the DEED website in the Teacher Certification section, lower right hand corner under "download applications."
NOTE: Page 7 of the application is provided by UAS. Please fill out this form to request page 7. If you have any questions about the process contact the program assistant. Once your request is properly submitted, the program assistant will create and mail the signed original copy of the Student Teaching Authorization Enrollment Form. You do need the Dean's original signature on the application that you submit to DEED.
The following school Districts require additional application materials:
Applicants who are student teaching outside Alaska do not need to submit a finger print packet, but must comply with any local or state regulations.
Student Teaching Application Deadlines
- March 30th for Fall semester student teaching
- September 30th for Spring semester student teaching
Eligibility Requirements for Student Teaching
- Good standing admission to a UAS Education Program
- 3.0 or above GPA in Education program coursework
- All coursework successfully completed prior to starting student teaching
Eligibility Waiver Request
Applicants who have not fulfilled all eligibility requirements but wish to apply for a waiver of an eligibility requirement must write a letter to their advisor explaining what requirement is not completed and why a waiver is warranted. This waiver must accompany your student teaching application.
Return your fingerprint packet to DEED, Not the School of Education!
Mail or email your Copies only to Bhagavati Braun, UAS School of Education (HA-1), 11120 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, Alaska, 99801. If you have questions regarding your student teaching document, email email@example.com
Students must meet all requirements specified by DEED at the time of the application for teaching certificate. See their website for more information. This process can take several months, so please start early.