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Elementary Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The University of Alaska Southeast graduate teacher education programs for candidates seeking an initial teaching certificate with a K-8 endorsement is available through the Elementary Certificate Program or the Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching Program. E-Learning, a university mentor and practicum experience in the local elementary or middle school allow qualified candidates to complete this program in their local communities throughout Alaska. The program is available only to students in urban and rural Alaskan communities.

The program consists of a series of courses that lead to a capstone student teaching and portfolio preparation experience. The courses are delivered by a variety of e-Learning methods, using the internet and other computer-mediated systems, audio-conferences, DVDs and traditional correspondence methods.

Classes that meet as a group take place in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate the school day. Our candidates work with faculty and become colleagues with other candidates all across Alaska through extensive use of e-mail and computer conferencing.

At least six courses, known as practicum classes, require regular work in the classroom and are supervised by local teachers who volunteer their time. During practicum experiences, we expect our candidates to make a genuine and positive contribution to the local school. The final semester of full-time student teaching and the the preparation of a teaching portfolio will allow you to demonstrate that you have met the Alaska Teacher Standards.

The MAT results in a teaching certificate and a graduate degree. Students who enter the certificate program may apply to the MAT program as all certificate courses are part of the MAT program. The certificate program may be completed in 3 to 4 intensive semesters, or may be spread out for as long as 7 years. Students who choose the MAT will need at least a year following certification to complete their remaining coursework and portfolio. We assist our candidates in planning flexible programs that meet their individual needs.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator

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

907-694-8797 fax

For Southeast Alaska students:

Dr. Anne Jones
School of Education (HA-1)
11120 Glacier Highway
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Tollfree: 1-866-465-6424
Fax: 907-796-6059
Tollfree fax: 1-866-465-5159



Requirements (2013-2014 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours51
Foundational Courses9
EDS230Introduction to Educational Technology3
ED320BPE in the K-8 Curriculum1
ED320EHealth in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3
Select one of the following (1 credit):
EDS320AArt in the K-8 Curriculum1
ED320CMusic in the K-8 Curriculum1
ED320DDrama in the K-8 Curriculum1
Major Requirements42
ALST603Alaska 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 Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS619Classroom Management and Discipline3
EDS621ABCCurriculum Development3
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS680Advanced Multicultural Education3
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDSES482The Inclusive Classroom 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:
EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS698Master's Research Project or Portfolio3
Exit Criteria Includes:
  1. A Master's Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
  2. Official Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska cut scores
  3. Official Praxis II exam scores meeting Alaska cut scores
  4. 3.00 GPA

Application Procedures

Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Elementary & Teaching Certificate

Deadline: All application and portfolio materials must be received by July 1st for the Fall Semester, November 1st for the Spring Semester and April 1st for the Summer Semester in order to receive Financial Aid in a timely manner.

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

Step 1: Consult with the appropriate Program Coordinator for your area.

Anne Jones    (S.E. Alaska Program Coordinator)

Katy Spangler   (Program Coordinator if you are not in S.E. Alaska)

Step 2: Send application documents to Admissions

Send to:

UAS - Admissions
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
1-866-465-6424 toll free

or for questions, email the student Services Admin:



  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 can be admitted conditionally.)
  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 mailed out by the School of Education.
  3. Conditional admission status may be granted. Conditions 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 I test for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the test, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis I prior to full admission and prior to placement in any school practicum. 
  6. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in these programs. 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 2013-2014 Candidate Handbook, Student Teaching Handbook and Host Teacher Handbook are available for download here:



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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