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Endorsement in Distance Teaching and e-Learning

In order to help meet Alaska’s K-12 schools need for teachers who are proficient in distance delivery and E-learning, the University of Alaska Southeast’s School of Education offers a program and coursework leading to an endorsement in Distance Teaching and E-Learning.  The program provides opportunities for educators to develop advanced competencies in designing, delivering and managing effective online instruction for virtual school contexts. This 18 credit program leads to advanced knowledge and skills that will help educators meet Alaska’s demand for distance delivered e-learning options.  

  • 6 credits (maximum) of professional development credits directly related to content, instructional design or educational technology.  Professional development courses must be approved by the Dean of the School of Education and the UAS faculty advisor to be counted toward the endorsement. Acceptable Professional Development courses will include content-area courses and technology courses.
  • EDET 628 Technology in Instructional Design (3 credits) – The focus of this course is to build on basic computing skills and their use within current educational practice of meaningful integration of technology into the classroom environment.  Students will create a standards-based instruction unit modeling appropriate uses of technology to support learning, develop a variety of techniques to use technology to assess student learning of subject matter, and research best practices related to applying appropriate technology resources to enable and empower learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics and abilities.
  • EDET 637 Differentiating Instruction Through Technology (3 credits) – Focuses on the use of technology as a tool to gauge and facilitate the needs and interests of diverse learners in the classroom. 
  • EDET 674 Virtual Teaching and Learning (3 credits) – Design and implementation of effective online environments and the integration of digital technology into classroom and professional practice.  Students will develop their content knowledge in digital technologies for online communication and professional development.  They will organize and manage digital information, prepare and conduct lessons for online consumption, and evaluate the effectiveness of these lessons. Prerequisite: EDET 628 or instructor permission.
  • EDET 694 Practicum in Virtual Teaching and Learning (3 credits) - A one-semester experience in which the candidate instructs an online course under supervision.

Distance Delivery & e-Learning Professional Development Form


  • Lee Graham
  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6047

Applying to the Distance Teaching & e-Learning Endorsement Program

By completing the UAS Distance Teaching & e-Learning Endorsement Program, you qualify for the UAS Institutional Recommendation to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's Endorsement in Distance Teaching & e-Learning.  You may apply for this program at any point in your coursework, but you must apply before applying to EED for your endorsement.

Important Note: The admission application form is online but all other materials should be mailed to: University of Alaska Southeast Attention: Admissions 11120 Glacier Highway Juneau, AK 99801

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 processing fee.
  2. Official academic transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0
  3. Two (2) general recommendations written by former or current professors, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance. Each recommendation must be submitted using the Letter of Recommendation for Graduate Programs form.
  4. A recommendation documenting your ability to meet the educational technology standards required for entry to the program. This recommendation should be completed by an administrator, supervisor, or technology leader. The form is available in Word and PDF formats.
  5. Statement of Professional Objectives. This is a 2-3 page typewritten and double spaced formal paper containing:
    • a summary of educational experiences,
    • a description of professional goals related to what is needed to teach students in Alaska and beyond,
    • evidence of advanced understanding of technology operations and concepts, and
    • a statement of how the program for advanced teaching candidates might help in attaining those goals. (An advanced teaching candidate is someone who is currently teaching, has taught, has experience in education, or has a teaching credential and access to a classroom for field experience.)
    • This statement will be judged in terms of readability and style as well as compatibility of the student's objectives and expectations and the goals of the program
  6. If you are a teacher and wish to receive a Distance Teaching & e-Learning Endorsement please submit  a copy of your current teaching certificate at admission.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Delores Graver, Administrative Assistant of the Educational Technology Program.



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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