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Master of Arts in Teaching

Secondary Teacher Certification

The Master of Arts in Teaching program for Secondary and Middle Grades Education (grades 6-12) is an intense 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 Dr. Christian for more information.  Placement for this program are made throughout Alaska.  A total of 36 graduate credits are required.  Candidates must apply by April 1st and submit all application materials no later than April 15th.

The six-week summer portion of the program in Anchorage prepares teacher candidates 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. 

Please note: Due to mandatory supervision requirements 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.

The MAT Secondary program is based on the following principles:

The UAS Alaska College 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.

MAT SECONDARY 2017-2018 Handbook


  • Scott Christian
  • Associate Dean of the Alaska College of Education
  • Phone: 796-6563

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

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Degree Requirements

Minimum   Credit Hours


Major Requirements

Summer (6 weeks)

Alaska   Resources, People, Pers.
Adv.   Multicultural Ed.
Educational   Psychology
Literacy   in Middle/Secondary Schools                  

Fall Semester

Curriculum   Development                                
Teaching   Internship I
Educational   Seminar I
Classroom   Internet Integration                           

Spring Semester

Educational   Research
Teaching   Internship II
Educational   Seminar II
Inclusive   Education for Students with Disabilities  

Exit Criteria

  1. A Master’s Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
  2. Successful completion of all courses with a minimum 3.00 GPA
  3. Praxis I and II are required for admission.  

Application Process
Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Secondary Education

Missed the summer 2020 Secondary Education introduction letter? Find it here: Secondary Education summer 2020 introduction letter

Important Update to 2020 Summer Session! You can find a letter with information on the important updates here: Secondary Education summer 2020 update letter

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

Deadline: Candidates must apply by April 1st and submit all application materials no later than April 15th. Do to current events, we are relaxing this deadline for Praxis scores. Please let us know when you are able to schedule these important tests!

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.

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 file:

  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 the 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. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. These will be used for assessment of applicant's content preparation;
  4. One recommendation form addressing student dispositions;
    • This requirement can be met by logging in to the UAS application portal and providing contact information for one reference.
  5. Student Information Sheet;
  6. Current Resume;
  7. Information Release Waiver Statement;
  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 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.
    • See the following document for a list of cities in Alaska with Praxis testing centers: Alaskan testing locations. Please note that you may need to travel to a different location to complete the Praxis tests if your town does not have a Praxis testing center.
    • (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.)
  10. Passing Praxis II content area exam results. At least one passing Praxis II score is 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 ( for a list of current Praxis II content area exams and register online at ETS. If you have questions about which Praxis II exam to take, please contact Dr. Christian.
    • To find preparation materials for your test, select your Praxis II test from the dropdown menu at this website (
    • (Note: You will not be admitted to the program unless UAS receives passing Praxis II scores. If you do not pass the test you may retake it, but know that Praxis II testing opportunities are limited.)
  11. transcript evaluation form must be completed by students seeking certification in Math, English, Social Studies, History, General Science, or a Single Subject in Science.  There are detailed directions for completion included in the form. All questions regarding this requirement should be directed to Dr. Christian.
    • 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).
    • This form is not required for students seeking certification in other content areas.

Student Teaching application packet instructions:

In order to be approved to student teach in the program you must submit a complete Student Teaching Authorization application to the Alaskan Department of Education and Early Development (EED) in the spring. This application consists of pages 1-6 of the Student Teaching Authorization (STA) form, a fingerprint card, and a processing fee. Please follow the steps outlined below to prepare this application and contact the Student Services Assistant if you have any questions.

  1. Request page 6 of the STA form from us by filling out the following form ( Our office needs to fill out page 6 of the STA form for you and the Dean of Education must sign this page. Once we receive your request for page 6 we will fill out the page using information you supplied in the request form, get the Dean’s signature on this page, and mail it to you using the address you supplied in the request form. While you’re waiting for this page to arrive in the mail you can start preparing the other required items listed below.
  2. Acquire the STA formScroll down the list under the “Forms” option at this website ( to find the “Student Teaching Authorization” form (located near the bottom of the list). Read pages 1 and 5 and fill out pages 2-4 of the form. Our office will complete page 6 and send it to you after you request it.
  3. Prepare a required fingerprint card. Look for instructions on page 5 of the STA form and at the following website (
  4. Put STA application packet together. You will need the following:
    • A $60 processing fee for the background check. You may pay with a credit card (via the EED Online Payment Center), cashier's check, or a money order (payable to EED). Personal checks will not be accepted and your application will be returned unprocessed.
      • If you pay online with a credit card, be sure to print out and include the EED payment receipt with your application.
    • Required fingerprint card filled out according to instructions.
    • Pages 1-6 of the STA form, with pages 2, 3, 4 & 6 filled out.
  5. Mail the STA application packet to EED. The mailing address for EED can be found on page 4 of the STA form. Be sure to include all parts of the STA application packet when you mail it to EED or they may return it to you unprocessed. Do not mail the STA application packet to UAS - we cannot process it!

For questions about application materials or the admission process, contact the Student Services Assistant:

Elisabeth Genaux
Phone: 907-796-6076

Fax: 907-796-6550
Toll free phone: 866-465-6424

Send all application forms and information to the UAS Admissions Coordinator:

UAS Admissions
11066 Auke Lake Way
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002

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