Master of Arts in Teaching
Secondary Teacher Certification
Please note: This program is only available to individuals residing within the state of Alaska.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program for Middle Grades and Secondary Education (grades 6-12) is a 12-month program for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who are seeking a teaching certificate 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 Scott Christian for more information. Placement for this program are made throughout Alaska. A total of 36 graduate credits are required. To be considered in the first round for the upcoming cohort, cadidates must submit all application materials by May 1st. A secondary review of applicants will be completed in an ongoing manner based on available space in the program.
The six-week summer program is offered in the Juneau campus and prepares the intern to begin the teaching internship in the fall. Classes meet for the full day, Monday through Friday as students complete four graduate courses. Fall and Spring courses are offered via e-Learning only.
The MAT emphasizes education professionals with:
- A strong content background in their teaching field (i.e., Bachelor's degree in the content area).
- A demanding graduate-level program.
- A year-long intensive reflective/research-based classroom experience.
- Participation in a dynamic learning community with student teachers across the state.
The MAT Secondary program is based on the following principles:
The UAS School of Education's vision for the program is: Our graduates will be informed, reflective and responsive teachers within diverse classroom, school and community contexts.
To accomplish this, the student goals in the program are:
- Teacher candidates articulate, maintain and develop a philosophy of education that they also demonstrate in practice.
- Teacher candidates understand how human development affects learning and apply that understanding to practice.
- Teacher candidates differentiate instruction with respect for individual and cultural characteristics.
- Teacher candidates possess current academic content knowledge
- Teacher candidates facilitate student learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction and modification of teaching practice.
- Teacher candidates create and manage a stimulating, inclusive and safe learning community in which students take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively
- Teacher candidates work as partners with parents, families and the community.
- Teacher candidates develop and maintain professional, moral and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships and habits of mind.
- Teacher candidates use technology effectively, creatively and wisely.
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.
MAT SECONDARY 2016-2017 Handbook
Degree Requirements (2016-2017 Cohort requirements)
(Note: there are requirement changes to consider starting summer 2016)
Minimum Credit Hours
Summer (6 weeks)
Alaska Resources, People, Pers.
Adv. Multicultural Ed.
Literacy in Middle/Secondary Schools
Teaching Internship I
Educational Seminar I
Classroom Internet Integration
Teaching Internship II
Educational Seminar II
Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities
A Master’s Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
Successful completion of all courses with a minimum 3.00 GPA
Praxis I and II are required for admission.
Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Secondary Education
One year intensive; Juneau, Anchorage, Sitka, Ketchikan, Fairbanks or other Alaskan communities.
Deadline: To be considered in the first round for the upcoming cohort, candidates must submit all application materials by May 1. A secondary review of applicants will be completed in an ongoing manner based on available space in the program.
The required on-campus summer session for the Secondary Education Programs will be held from Monday, June 12th through Friday, July 21st, 2017. Classes meet from 9:00 to 4:00 daily, Monday through Friday. On-campus housing will be available - contact email@example.com for more info. 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.
Students seeking certification in Music should review the UAS/JAMM partnership program.
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 (click here for a pre-admission checklist):
- 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.)
- An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0;
- Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. These will be used for assessment of applicant's content preparation;
- Two recommendation forms addressing Academic Content and Dispositions;
- Student Information Sheet;
- Information Release Waiver Statement;
- Current Resume;
- An admissions writing assessment consisting of a Statement of Professional Objectives. Please refer to this Student Self-Evaluation sheet and the Writing Sample Guidelines.
- 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.
- (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.)
- Passing Praxis II content area exam results are 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 (http://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/pdf/content_area_exams.pdf) for a list of current Praxis II content area exams and register online at ETS. Select your Praxis II test from the dropdown menu at this website (https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials/) to find free preparation materials for your test. If you have questions about which Praxis II exam to take, please contact Scott Christian.
- (Note: You will not be admitted to the program unless UAS receives passing Praxis II scores; you may retake it if you do not pass. )
- 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. 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). There are detailed directions for completion included in the form. All questions regarding this requirement should be directed to Scott Christian.
- This form is not required for students seeking certification in other content areas.
- An interview with UAS faculty will be scheduled by the program coordinator when students have completed all other requirements. Interviews may take place in person or through web conference; all questions regarding this requirement should be directed to Scott Christian.
IMPORTANT: Here is the process for completing the Student Teaching Authorization application.
- After you have completed the online graduate application and submitted passing Praxis CASE/CORE scores and official transcripts to UAS, you will need to prepare your required fingerprint card and obtain page 7 of the STA application with a signature from the UAS Dean of Education.
- To obtain page 7 of the STA application, fill out this form. If you have any questions please contact Delores Graver. (Note, the Dean will not sign until after the three items from the first step have been submitted.)
- Once you receive page 7 in the mail with the Dean's signature, fill out the remainder of the Student Teaching Authorization application and mail the complete application (STA application, fingerprint card, and $60 fee) to EED.
- See page one of the Student Teaching Authorization application for acceptable forms of payment and EED's mailing address. Personal checks are not accepted.
Send all application forms and information to:
Attn: Deema Ferguson
For questions about application materials contact: