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The Graduate Certificate program for Secondary and  Middle Grades Education (grades 6-12) is an intense 11-month program for students who are seeking certification in secondary and middle grades education. Applicants to this program should have an undergraduate degree in a subject normally taught in Alaska secondary schools (e.g. English, social studies, mathematics, sciences, art, music). Contact Dr. Christian for more information. A total of 24 graduate credits are required. Candidates must apply by April 1st and submit all application materials no later than April 15th.

This graduate certificate program is designed for teacher candidates who have already earned master’s degree or have experience teaching. It requires a full time, year-long internship in an Alaskan middle school or secondary school. The requirements are spelled out on the application tab.  

The graduate certificate program features:

  • Strong development of pedagogical content knowledge. 
  • A demanding, engaging graduate-level program.
  • A year-long intensive reflective/research-based classroom experience. 
  • A  clinical model where teachers learn to teach through teaching with timely feedback and evaluation. 
  • Participation in a dynamic learning community with student teachers across the state. 

We take pride in being a small, high-quality program, providing more close, personal attention and support for each student. We believe in strong connections between campus learning and internship training. For optimal learning in this intense, high quality program, outside responsibilities should be limited.

Please note: Due to mandatory supervision requirements this program is currently only available to candidates who live in Alaska. Candidates living outside Alaska are welcome to apply to this program, but should understand that this program is specifically designed to train teacher candidates for the unique teaching conditions of various Alaskan communities and that applicants will need to reside in Alaska to complete the program.

MAT Secondary Program Handbook:


  • Scott Christian
  • Associate Dean of the Alaska College of Education
  • Phone: 796-6563

  • Elisabeth Genaux
  • Student Services Assistant
  • Phone: 796-6076

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Degree Requirements (24 graduate credits)

Summer: (3 weeks, On Campus in Juneau)

    • ALST s600    Alaska Resources, People, and Perspectives                3cr
    • ED s680       Advanced Multicultural Education                              3cr

Fall Semester

    • ED s620      Curriculum Development                                           3cr
    • ED s691      Teaching Internship I                                                3cr
    • ED s692      Educational Seminar I                                               3cr

Spring Semester

    • ED s691       Teaching Internship II                                              3cr
    • Ed s692        Educational Seminar II                                             3cr
    • EDSE s682    Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities        3cr

Exit Criteria

  1. A Master’s Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
  2. Successful completion of all courses with a minimum 3.00 GPA
  3. Praxis I and II are required for admission.  

Application Process

One year intensive; Juneau, Anchorage, Sitka, Ketchikan, Fairbanks or other Alaskan communities.

Deadline: Candidates must apply by April 1st and submit all application materials no later than April 15th.

The summer session for the Secondary Education Graduate Certificate program is likely to be held from Monday, July 6th through Friday, July 24th, 2020. These dates will be finalized in early 2020. Classes meet in Anchorage from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, Monday through Friday. Please save these dates and plan to attend for the full summer session.

ANCHORAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT: Placement in the ASD involves a number of steps. There is a registration process for student teaching placements with ASD that takes place in early February. Student teachers must complete this registration process prior to the deadline in order to be placed in ASD in the fall. Please let us know TODAY of your intention to intern in the ASD so we can work with you to facilitate the process.

Do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Assistant with any questions about application materials or the application process. The following items are necessary for a complete application file:

(Scroll down the page to find the additional requirement for Graduate Certificate applications.)

  1. A completed graduate application with $60 processing fee; (Note: Admission status notices are mailed out by the School of Education. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within time specified at admission. For information about the online application visit UAS Admissions);
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted.
  3. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. These will be used for assessment of applicant's content preparation
  4. One recommendation form addressing student dispositions;
    • This requirement can be met by logging in to the UAS application portal and providing contact information for two references.
  5. Student Information Sheet & Current Resume;
  6. Information Release Waiver Statement;
  7. An admissions writing assessment consisting of a Statement of Professional Objectives.  Please refer to this Student Self-Evaluation sheet and the Writing Sample Guidelines;
  8. Passing Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) exam results are required to be fully admitted to the program. Register online at ETS. Test scores must be sent directly to UAS.
    • See the following document for a list of cities in Alaska with Praxis testing centers: Alaskan testing locations. Please note that you may need to travel to a different location to complete the Praxis tests if your town does not have a Praxis testing center.
    • (Note: You must pass the Praxis CASE test prior to admission. If you do not pass all sections of the test, you may retake it.)
  9. Passing Praxis II content area exam results. At least one passing Praxis II score is required before you can be admitted to the program. You should select the Praxis II exam most closely aligned with your undergraduate degree. Visit this website ( for a list of current Praxis II content area exams and register online at ETS.  If you have questions about which Praxis II exam to take, please contact Dr. Christian.
    • To find preparation materials for your test, select your Praxis II test from the dropdown menu at this website (
    • (Note: You will not be admitted to the program unless UAS receives passing Praxis II scores. If you do not pass the test you may retake it, but know that Praxis II testing opportunities are limited. )
  10. A transcript evaluation form must be completed by students seeking certification in Math, English, Social Studies, History, General Science, or a Single Subject in Science. There are detailed directions for completion included in the form. All questions regarding this requirement should be directed to Dr. Christian.
    • Students should select the transcript evaluation form for the content area aligned with their undergraduate degree and Praxis II exam (if there are content deficiencies, the student will be advised to defer enrollment).
    • This form is not required for students seeking certification in other content areas.

Additional requirements for candidates seeking the graduate certificate:

In addition to the above requirements candidates must submit documentation to verify at least one of the following criteria:

  1. A completed master's degree in a relevant field. (Content area discipline or education.)
  2. Documented teaching experience. *
  3. Coursework in education from an approved teacher preparation program.
  4. Current Alaska Type A certification in elementary or special education.
  5. Current certified position, or job offer from Alaskan school district. (Verification required.)

*In order to meet the criteria for teaching experience, applicants must provide documentation (evaluations, employment verification, lesson plans etc.)  from a teaching position in a private school, an outdoor or experiential education program or an international school.  Substitute teaching or early childhood experience does not apply. The documentation should demonstrate that the applicant planned for instruction, facilitated learning and completed all duties related to the teaching assignment. 

Student Teaching application packet instructions:

In order to be approved to student teach in the program you must submit a complete Student Teaching Authorization application to the Alaskan Department of Education and Early Development (EED) in the spring. This application consists of pages 1-7 of the Student Teaching Authorization (STA) form, a fingerprint card, and a processing fee. Please follow the steps outlined below to prepare this application and contact the Student Services Assistant if you have any questions.

  1. Request page 7 of the STA form from us by filling out the following form ( Page 7 of the STA form must be filled out by our office and signed by the Dean of Education. Once we receive your request for page 7 we will fill the page out with the information you supplied in the request form, get the Dean's signature on this page, and mail it to you using the address you supplied in the request form. While you're waiting for this page to arrive in the mail you can start preparing the other required items listed below.
  2. Acquire the STA form. Scroll down the list at the following website ( to find the "Student Teaching Authorization" form (located near the bottom of the list). Read through pages 1-3 and fill out pages 4-6 of the form, but don't bother filling out page 7 as our office will completed it for you after you request it.
  3. Prepare a required fingerprint card. Instructions for this can be found of page 2 of the STA form and at the following website (
  4. Put STA application packet together. You will need the following:
    • A $60 processing fee for the background check. You may pay with a credit card (via the EED Online Payment Center), cashier's check, or a money order (payable to EED). Personal checks will not be accepted and your application will be returned unprocessed.
      • If you pay online with a credit card, be sure to print out and include the EED payment receipt with your application.
    • Required fingerprint card filled out according to instructions.
    • Page 7 of the STA form filled out and signed by the Dean of Education.
    • Pages 1-6 of the STA form filled out.
  5. Mail the STA application packet to EED. The mailing address for EED can be found on page 3 of the STA form. Be sure to include all parts of the STA application packet when you mail it to EEd or they may return it to you unprocessed. Do not mail the STA application packet to UAS - we cannot process it!

For questions about application materials or the admission process, contact the Student Services Assistant:

Elisabeth Genaux
Phone: 907-796-6076

Fax: 907-796-6550
Toll free phone: 866-465-6424

Send all application forms and information to the UAS Admissions Coordinator:

UAS Admissions
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801-8671

Fax: 907-796-6002

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