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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education prepares students for recommendation in the state of Alaska for initial teaching certification in grades K-8. This program is for students in rural Alaskan communities and others who desire the flexibility of an e-Learning program. Students in this program must be self-directed learners, have access to high speed Internet connections, and prepare for a 9-month intensive student teaching experience in their senior year. Students are assessed relative to national and state standards, including Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards, the Alaska Teacher Standards, the Alaska Student Content Standards, the Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools, and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Standards.

The degree requirements are interdisciplinary and provide breadth in the content areas necessary for successful teaching at an elementary level and depth in the opportunities to connect theory and practice in a variety of real classroom, school, and community contexts.

The main components of this program include: (1) subject area coursework in UAS General Education Requirements (GERs); (2) additional subject area course-work in those areas important for successful teaching at an elementary level; (3) foundation courses in education with practical experiences in the schools; and (4) a capstone year-long experience where the professional education courses are integrated with field experiences and student teaching.

Program Assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted on the Program Assessment website.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants will be considered for initial admission into the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program after completing admission requirements including an Interested Person Report.

Admission to Senior Year Student Teaching

In addition to the above admission requirements, all students entering the senior year are required to have successfully completed the following:

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.75
  2. Successful completion of all pre-senior year courses with grades of C 2.00 (not C-) or better
  3. Application for student teaching including fingerprinting as a part of an FBI background check
  4. Praxis Core or CBEST exam scores meeting Alaska DEED cut scores
  5. Current resume and letter of introduction to future host teacher and principal
  6. Letter of recommendation from someone other than an education professor speaking to the student’s potential as a certified teacher

Exit Criteria

2.75 GPA, successful completion of all program courses with grades of C 2.00 (not C-) or better and successful completion of Praxis Subject Assessment as required by the State for your certification area.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Students must complete the general education requirements (GERs) as well as the specific program requirements listed below for a minimum of 120 credit hours. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once. Courses used to fulfill the major requirements cannot be used to fulfill the GERs. Specific recommendations for the GERs in Elementary Education are listed below. Degree must include 48 credit hours of upper-division (300 or above) courses, 24 of which must be completed at UAS.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements42-48
Breadth Requirements23
Major Requirements55

General Education Requirements

Written Communication Skills

ENGLS111Methods of Written Communication3
ENGLS211Intermediate Composition: Writing About Literature3

Oral Communication Skills

Select one from the following (3 credits):

COMMS111Fundamentals of Oral Communication*3
COMMS235Small Group Communication and Team Building*3
COMMS237Interpersonal Communication*3
COMMS241Public Speaking*3
* Grade of C (2.00) or better

Computational Skills

Select one from the following (4 credits):

MATHS151College Algebra for Calculus4
STATS107Survey of Statistics4


Select two from the following (6 credits):

ARTS160Art Appreciation3
MUSS123Music Appreciation3
THRS111Theatre Appreciation3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

HISTS105World History I3
HISTS106World History II3

Social Science

GEOGS101Introduction to Geography3
GOVTS101Introduction to American Government3
PSYS101Introduction to Psychology3


Select either:

BIOLS103Biology and Society4

or both

BIOLS105Fundamentals of Biology I4
BIOLS106Fundamentals of Biology II4

Select one from each of the groups below (7-8 credits):

Physical Sciences
PHYSS102Survey of Physics I*4
CHEMS103Introduction of General Chemistry4
* MATH S151 or equivalent is prerequisite for PHYS S102
Earth/Space Sciences
ASTRS225General Astronomy3
ENVSS102Earth and Environment4
GEOLS104Physical Geology4
GEOLS105Geological History of Life3

Breadth Requirements

This area is designed to provide breadth necessary for elementary classroom teaching and depth necessary to respond to NCATE Standards and Alaska Student Content Standards.

Computational Skills

MATHS211Mathematics for Elem School Teachers I3
MATHS212Mathematics for Elem School Teachers II3


PES100Health & Fitness1
PES__PE Elective1
___S__Advisor-approved English writing or literature course3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

HISTS131US History I3
HISTS132US History II3

Social Science

Select one from the following (3 credits):

PSYS245Child Development3
PSYS250Lifespan Development3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
ANTHS200Alaska Native Cultures3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
HISTS341History of Alaska3
___S__Advisor-approved elective* 
* Must be Alaska Department of Education approved course for Alaska Studies.

Other Skills

___S__Advisor-approved elective3

Major Requirements

EDS222Orientation to the Teaching Profession3
EDS230Introduction to Educational Technology3
EDS302Foundations of Literacy and Language Development3
EDS320AArt in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320BPhysical Education in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320CMusic in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320DDrama in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320EHealth in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDSES482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

EDS405Children’s Literature in the Alaska Context3
ENGLS305Children’s Literature3

Senior Year Requirements

All course work, other criteria listed above and Praxis I must be successfully completed prior to the start of the senior year.

EDS416Teaching Literacy in the K-8 Curriculum4
EDS417Teaching Social Studies in the K-8 Curriculum2
EDS427Teaching Math in the K-8 Curriculum3
EDS428Teaching Science in the K-8 Curriculum2
EDS448Elementary Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms3
EDS452Student Teaching7
EDS460Integrated Curriculum and Instruction3
EDS494AApplications of Teaching: Field Work3
EDS498Professional Portfolio Preparation2

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.


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