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K-8 Education Endorsement

The K-8 Education Endorsement is designed for teachers who possess a current Alaska teaching certificate and wish to earn an endorsement for elementary and middle school (K–8) teaching. All classes are offered online. Upon enrollment, teacher’s transcripts and experience will be evaluated and an appropriate program of study will be prepared. The endorsement will include courses or course equivalency for the content and methodology of K–8 instruction.

Important Deadlines

Preparatory Coursework

SubjectCreditCourse TitleSemester
ED 2303Introduction to Educational TechnologyAll
ED 320A, C or D1Art, Music or Drama in the K-8 curriculumVaries
ED 320 B1PE in K-8 curriculumAll
ED 320 E1Health in the K-8 Curriculum

Fall; Spring

EDSE 4823Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities


Endorsement Area Coursework

SubjectCreditCourse TitleSemester
ALST 6033Alaska Literature for Young PeopleSummer
ECE 6613Literacy and Young ChildrenFall; Spring
ED 6153Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School GradesFall; Spring
ED 6163Math Methods in the K-8 ClassroomFall; Spring
ED 6173Science Methods in the k-8 ClassroomFall; Spring
ED 6183Social Studies in the K-8 ClassroomFall; Spring
ED 6193Classroom Management and DisciplineFall, Spring
ED 6203Curriculum DevelopmentFall, Spring
ED 6883-6Student TeachingFall; Spring

Advisors maintain the responsibility to make substitutions and to waive classes as necessary and reasonable with the Director’s signature as approval.

Admission Requirements

Please Note

Do not apply online via the online application. There is no application fee to apply for this endorsement area! Please see below for specific application instructions.

  • Complete a Request for Admission
  • Send Official Transcripts with a 3.0 GPA to UAS. Please note: transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
  • Submit a Copy of Current Alaska Teaching Certificate (Includes passing Praxis I or Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics; and Certificate requirements for Alaska Studies and Multicultural Education)
  • Obtain Letters of Recommendation on our School of Education form from two professionals in education who are familiar with your work and performance and are not related to you
  • Submit Statement of Professional Goals and Objectives
  • Submit resume demonstrating successful teaching
  • Submit Basic Competency Exam scores:
  • Complete Information Release Waiver Statement
  • Submit a description or summary of your current teaching assignment

Please send all admission documents via email to the Student Services Assistant at the UAS School of Education.

If mailing materials, send to:

Student Services Assistant
UAS, School of Education
11066 Auke Lake Way, HA 2
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Interested Persons Report

IMPORTANT: If you are not currently teaching in a public school classroom, K-8 Education Endorsement candidates must secure an Interested Persons Report (IPR) from a local law enforcement agency. This background check is required before engaging in practicum classes where you will be working with students in the public education setting. These are active for one year and must be renewed, as needed. You will need to submit a copy of your active IPR to the SOE office:

If you have any Endorsement Area specific questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Beth Hartley, Coordinator and advisor for the K-8 Education Endorsement Area.


  • With advisor approval, students may complete up to 9 credits of the K-8 Education Endorsement Area prior to admission.
  • Application materials must be submitted before the end of the semester students apply for (e.g. application materials must be submitted prior to December 15th for fall applications).


Although some of these classes are solely taught through e-learning, due to mandatory supervision requirements these programs are 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.

Exit Criteria

K-8 Education Endorsement Exit Criteria

1. Satisfactory completion of all required courses.

2. Official Praxis II exam (Elem Ed: Content Knowledge 5018 or 5017) scores meeting Alaska cut scores are due prior to student teaching and are required for issuance of the State-Approved Program Verification Form.

3. GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Program Contacts

Elizabeth A. Hartley, Ph.D.

Elizabeth A. Hartley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Education and Program Coordinator: Elementary Education MAT, K-8 Graduate Certificate and Endorsement

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Delores Graver

Delores Graver

Program Assistant

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Elisabeth Genaux

Elisabeth Genaux

Student Services Assistant

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