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Master of Arts in Teaching

Secondary Teacher Certification

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in secondary education (grades 7-12) leads to an Alaska Initial Certification and a Master's degree. The program is fully accredited and your certificate is transferable to all fifty states. It is designed for those who have a Bachelor's degree in subject(s) commonly taught in Alaska's secondary schools. The MAT emphasizes education individuals 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. During the nine month school year, students spend four days a week in the schools with their mentor teacher and one day a week on campus taking related graduate level courses.

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:

  1. Teacher candidates articulate, maintain and develop a philosophy of education that they also demonstrate in practice.
  2. Teacher candidates understand how human development affects learning and apply that understanding to practice.
  3. Teacher candidates differentiate instruction with respect for individual and cultural characteristics.
  4. Teacher candidates possess current academic content knowledge
  5. Teacher candidates facilitate student learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction and modification of teaching practice.
  6. Teacher candidates create and manage a stimulating, inclusive and safe learning community in which students take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively
  7. Teacher candidates work as partners with parents, families and the community.
  8. Teacher candidates develop and maintain professional, moral and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships and habits of mind.
  9. 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.


Secondary MAT Handbook

The complete Secondary MAT Handbook  for 2011-2012 is available for download as one file.

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Degree Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours:36
Major Requirements36
Summer (6 weeks)
EDS631Educational Psychology3
EDS669Literacy in Middle/Secondary Schools3
EDS680Perspectives in Multicultural Education*3
EDS682Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Fall Semester
EDS620Curriculum Development3
EDS691Teaching Internship I3
EDS692Educational Seminar3
EDETS632Classroom Internet Integration3
Spring Semester
ALSTS600Alaska’s Resources, People, and Perspectives*3
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS691Teaching Internship II3
EDS692Educational Seminar3
*Classes needed for state certification
Exit Criteria
  1. A Master's Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
  2. Official Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska cut scores
  3. Official Praxis II exam scores meeting Alaska cut scores
  4. 3.0 GPA

Application Procedures
Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary

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

Deadline:All application materials must be received by  March 1 to be considered in the first round for the current academic year's program.

ANCHORAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT: Placement in the ASD involves a number of steps.  Please let us know TODAY of your intention to intern in the ASD so we can work with you to begin facilitating the process.

The following items are necessary for a complete application:

  1. A completed graduate application with $60 processing fee; (Note: Admission status notices are mailed out by the School of Education. Conditional admission status may be granted. Conditions must be completed within time specified at admission. For information about online application visit UAS Admissions:)
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0;
  3. Transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. These will be used for assessment of applicant's content preparation;
  4. Two (2) recommendation forms addressing Academic Content and Dispositions;
    • Academic Content| .pdf (37k) |
    • Dispositions| .pdf (37k) |
  5. Student Information Sheet |.pdf (36k) |;
  6. Information Release Waiver Statement |.pdf (72k) |:
  7. Current Resume
  8. An admissions writing assessment consisting of a Statement of Professional Objectives.  Please refer to this Student Self-Evaluation sheet
    and the Writing Sample Guidelines
  9. Passing Praxis I exam results are required to be fully admitted to the program.  Visit the Praxis series online at ETS ( Your scores need to be sent to UAS (code R4897) and the Department of Education & Early Development (R7027).
  10. Background Check: Your application file will not be complete until the required fingerprint cards and Student Teaching Authorization application is received back to our office.
  11. Students wishing to intern with the Anchorage School District: Please notify us of your intent as soon as possible so that we may begin to facilitate student teaching placement opportunities prior to the application deadline.

Send all application forms and information to:

UAS Admissions
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801-8671

For questions, contact Dr. Marvel:
Phone: 907-796-6079
Fax: 907-796-6059
Toll free: 866-465-6424

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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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