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Master of Arts in Teaching

Secondary Teacher Certification

The Master of Arts in Teaching , Middle Grades and Secondary program (grades 6-12) is an 11-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 30 graduate credits are required.  First round applications deadline is March 1st.  

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:

  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.


  • Scott Christian
  • Secondary MAT Program Administrator
  • Phone: 796-6563

Secondary MAT Handbook

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

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Degree Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours:36
Foundational Courses6
ALSTS600Alaska’s Resources, People, and Perspectives*3
EDS680Perspectives on Multicultural Education*3
Major Requirements30
Summer (6 weeks)
EDS631Educational Psychology3
EDS669Literacy in Middle/Secondary Schools3
EDSES682Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Fall Semester
EDS620Curriculum Development3
EDS691Teaching Internship I3
EDS692Educational Seminar3
EDETS632Classroom Internet Integration3
Spring Semester
EDS627Educational Research3
EDS691Teaching Internship II3
EDS692Educational Seminar II3
*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. 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 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. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions 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;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are NOT REQUIRED to be submitted
  3. Transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (except UAS, UAF, or UAA). These will be used for assessment of applicant's content preparation;
  4. Two (2) recommendation forms addressing Academic Content and Dispositions;
  5. Student Information Sheet
  6. Information Release Waiver Statement
  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 Core (ASE) exam results are required to be fully admitted to the program.  Register online at ETS (

IMPORTANT: A Student Teaching Authorization application for the Department of Education and Early Development (EED) must be completed prior to the application deadline.  Please follow the guidelines found on the application form and on the EED website. 

  • The application for Student Teaching Authorization should be filled out except for the required Dean's Signature and then mailed (ONLY the application) to the UAS School of Education attention Beth Streifel at 11120 Glacier Hwy, HA1, Juneau AK 99801.
  • Once the Dean has signed the form we will mail the application back to you.
  • You will need to mail your complete application (student teaching authorization, fingerprint card, and $60 fee) to EED at:  Department of Education and Early Development, Teacher Education and Certification, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500 Juneau, AK 99811-0500.

Send all application forms and information to:

UAS Admissions
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801-8671
Phone: 907-796-6100
Fax: 907-796-6365

For application process questions, contact Elisabeth Genaux:
Phone: 907-796-6076
Fax: 907-796-6166
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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