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Graduate Certificate in Special Education

The Graduate Certificate in Special Education prepares teachers to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities; (b) Alaska's diverse Native and non-Native communities; and (c) Alaska's remote and rural communities.

The Graduate Certificate program is designed to accommodate practicing teachers, paraeducators and other school-based professionals. Courses are offered in the afternoons, evenings, and in the summer. All courses are delivered via audio-conference and augmented with online resources. This e-Learning format allows candidates who live and work in Alaska's remote and rural communities to remain in their communities while completing their graduate studies.

Please note: 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 teachers for the unique teaching conditions of various Alaskan communities and that applicants will need to reside in Alaska to complete the program.


  • Susan M. Andrews
  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6412

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

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

Application Process

Graduate Certificate Program - Special Education

By completing the UAS Graduate Certificate in Special Education, you qualify for the UAS Institutional Recommendation to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development's Endorsement in Special Education.

Please return all items to the Admission office as instructed below.

Step 1: Consult with Susan Andrews (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions.

Send to:

UAS Admissions
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002

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:

  • Graduate application for admission and $60 application fee;
  • Official transcript with evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0;
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
  • Two recommendations written by former or current professors, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance and are not related to you;
    • This requirement can be met by logging in to the UAS application portal and providing contact information for two references.
  • Writing sample per these instructions;
  • Copy of current teaching certificate or administrative certificate.


  1. Applicant faxes or mails unofficial transcripts to advisor.
  2. Advisor completes transcript analysis.
  3. Applicant and advisor discuss individual's program.

Step 3: Complete program prerequisites.


  1. GPA of 3.0 from transcript(s). (If your GPA is below 3.0, you may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework is recommended by advisor.


  1. Admission status notices are sent out by the Alaska College of Education.
  2. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  3. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in this program. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in each course for it to count. A "C-" grade will not count as passing.

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Praxis II exam (Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements.

All education programs through the Alaska College of Education at University of Alaska Southeast are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP accreditation signifies that the AKCoE has met the rigorous standards set forth for educator preparation.


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