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Graduate Certificate
Elementary Education K-8

Education Graduate certificates provide candidates with eligibility endorsements to an Alaska teaching certificate. All course work must be completed within a seven-year period immediately preceding the date the graduate certificate is granted. Graduate certificates are granted by the University of Alaska Southeast; UAS provides the institutional recommendation to the student to submit to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for endorsement.

The teacher certification program in Elementary Education is a graduate certificate that leads to recommendation for an elementary K-8 Initial Teacher Certificate. The program is offered by e-Learning only and is available to students in urban and rural areas throughout Alaska. On-site cohorts may also be formed as demand warrants. Students in the program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed Internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments and a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. Certification students must receive the approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.

Courses are delivered via audio and online. Students must have access to a speakerphone, a digital camera, a digital video camera, and a scanner.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a general education background from an accredited institution. The program advisors will examine transcripts to determine if the applicant has sufficient background in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health. Applicants who lack sufficient background in one or more of these areas can expect to take additional coursework.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Gainful Employment Disclosure form or website.

Application Requirements

For application requirements please visit the School of Education website.





Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours45
Foundational Courses9
EDS230Intro to Educational Technology3
ED320BPE in the K-8 Curriculum1
ED320EHealth in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3
Select one from the following (1 credit):
EDS320AArt in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320CMusic in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320DDrama in the K-8 Curriculum1
Major Requirements36
ALSTS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS616Math Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS617Science Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS618Social Studies in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS619Classroom Management and Discipline3
EDS621ACurriculum Development3
EDS621BCurriculum Development3
EDS621CCurriculum Development3
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS680Advanced Multicultural Education3
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDSES482The Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3

Recommendation for certification will be granted upon successful completion of the above coursework.

Students are encouraged to complete the remaining coursework required for the M.A.T. degree during their initial years as classroom teachers. View more information on MAT Elementary.

 
 

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