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Elementary Education Certificate Program

E-Learning Delivery

The certificate program is a non-degree post baccalaureate program of study preparing students for an initial teaching certificate and is available in elementary education. UAS provides institutional recommendation to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development which grants certification for grades K-8.

The certificate program is only offered through e-Learning and is only available to students in urban and rural communities throughout the state of Alaska.

Candidates in this 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. Practicum courses are available only to students admitted to the elementary teacher certificate program.

Courses are delivered via audio conference, DVD, computer conferencing, and correspondence. Students should be familiar with using email, the Internet, computer conferencing, and should have fax access. Certificate students must receive approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.

Current Elementary Students, please see information on the Elementary MAT Program.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator

Dr. Katy Spangler
Professor of Elementary Education
P.O. Box 773354
Eagle River, Alaska 99577

907-694-8797 fax


  • Katy L. Spangler
  • Professor of Education
  • Phone: 907-694-7019

  • Delores Graver
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Phone: 796-6424

Elementary Education K-8 Graduate Certificate

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 high speed Internet connections, 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.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 non-refundable admission processing fee
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Two recommendations on specific forms available from the School of Education
  4. A writing sample consisting of two pieces:
    1. A statement of professional objectives
    2. An impromptu writing sample
  5. Official Praxis Core test scores
  6. Letter of support from local school district administration (except those in the Anchorage and Juneau School Districts)
  7. Documentation of successful work with children in an early childhood or elementary school setting
  8. Signed waiver form to allow potential host teachers access to student application information provided by the School of Education
  9. Student information sheet
  10. Applicants may also be interviewed.
  11. Content competency in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health are assessed at admission. Candidates may need to take extra undergraduate level coursework if deficient in any area.

Praxis Subject Assessment

To successfully graduate from the program, students must pass the Praxis Subject Assessment as required by the State for your certification area.

For student teaching, the department may limit registration, determine assignments, and prescribe the number of teaching hours required. Six successful credits of student teaching are required. The Program Coordinator reserves the right to require an additional 3-6 credit hours of student teaching for students who fail to meet the standard.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours45
Foundational Courses9
Major Requirements36

Foundational Courses

COEDS001Preparations for Teacher Education Programs0
EDS230Introduction to Educational Technology3
EDS320BPhysical Education in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320EHealth 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 Requirements

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 Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS680Perspectives on 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.

Application Process

Graduate Certificate Program - Elementary Education

Please return all items to the Admissions Department as instructed below.

Step 1: Consult with Katy Spangler (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions.

Send to:

Attn: Deema Ferguson
UAS Admissions
11120 Glacier Hwy
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:


  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 for Certificate and MAT programs from undergraduate transcript. (If your GPA is below 3.0, you may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework as recommended by advisor.
  3. ED 230 or competency is prerequisite for Elementary Credential Program.


  1. You may apply for admission to the MAT and Credential Programs at the same time. You pay $60 admission fee once if you apply at the same time and only have to submit one copy of your admissions paperwork.
  2. Admission status notices are sent out by the School of Education.
  3. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within one semester of admission.
  4. You may not take practicum methods courses (ED 615, ED 616, ED 617, ED 618, ED 619, and ED 661) until you are admitted and have completed ED 230 and ED 333. All other courses are open to students prior to full admission.
  5. You must TAKE the Praxis CASE exam for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the exam, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis CASE prior to full admission and prior to placement in any school practicum. 
  6. 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 be counted as passing.

The complete MAT Elementary Distance Handbook, Student Teaching Handbook and Host Teacher Handbook are available for download here:

Student Teaching Application Procedures

Student Teaching Application Deadlines
  • March 30th for Fall semester student teaching
  • September 30th for Spring semester student teaching
Eligibility Requirements for Student Teaching
  • Good standing admission to a UAS Education Program
  • 3.0 or above GPA in Education program coursework
  • All coursework successfully completed prior to starting student teaching

If you do not meet these requirements include a letter to your advisor explaining what requirement is not completed and why a waiver is warranted with the rest of your application.

To apply to Student Teach mail or email the following documents to Delores Graver, UAS School of Education (HA-1), 11120 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, Alaska 99801.

  1. Completed UAS Student Teaching Application;
  2. Passing Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge (5018) score;
    • If student teaching is to take place at a middle school: submit passing Praxis II Middle School Content Area score in addition;
  3. Copies of DEED application documents; + *

Fingerprint instructions are found on page 2 of the DEED student teaching application.   See that page for information and instructions. 

The following school Districts require additional application materials:

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Anchorage School District 

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Applicants who are student teaching outside Alaska do not need to submit a finger print packet, but must comply with any local or state regulations. 
 + Students must meed all requirements specified by DEED at the time of the application for teaching certificate. See their website for more information. This process can take several months, so please start early.

*Return your fingerprint packet, Student Teaching Authorization Application, and $60 payment to DEED. Not the School of Education! Submit copies to the School of Education.



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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