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Bachelor of Arts in Special Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services  for students with disabilities. The program focuses on  the unique needs of: (a) children and youth with disabilities;  (b) Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native  communities; and (c) Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities. Candidates who complete the B.A. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special  Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. 

Courses are offered at the Juneau campus and through e-Learning (online and via audio conference). The e-Learning option allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their degrees.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program after completing all UAS general admission requirements and the following:

  1. Background check.

Admission to Senior Year Practicum and Student Teaching

In addition to the admissions requirements above, students must complete the following to be admitted into the senior year:

  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 and background check
  4. Praxis I exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification. The Praxis I exam assess basic knowledge in reading, writing, and math. There are two versions of the Praxis I: the paper-based professional skills test (PPST) and the computer-based test (CBT). Either version is acceptable.
  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

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 2.75 or higher
  3. Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 0014), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
Breadth Requirements22
Major Requirements63

Breadth Requirements

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

Select one from the following* (4 credits):

AKLS105Elementary Tlingit I4
AKLS107Elementary Haida I4
ASLS101Beginning American Sign Language I4

* Or any other language approved by the advisor

Select one from the following (3 credits):

PSYS245Child Development3
PSYS250Lifespan Development3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ALSTS300Alaska Studies3
___S___Advisor-approved elective*3
* Must be Alaska Department of Education & Early Development approved course for Alaska Studies.

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ANTHS200Alaska Native Cultures3
ANTHS225Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS435Northwest Coast Cultures3
ANTHS458Alaska Native Economic and Political Development3
ANTHS475Alaska Native Social Change3
ARTS263Northwest Coast Native Art History and Culture1-3
ARTS282Beginning Northwest Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS285Beginning Northwest Coast Carving1-3
ENGLS365Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
___S___Advisor-approved elective3

Select one from the following (3 credits):

EDS304Literature for Children and Young Adults3
ENGLS305Children’s Literature3

Major Requirements

ECES420Developing Literacy in the Early Years3
EDS122Introduction to Education3
EDS222Orientation to the Teaching Profession3
EDS230Introduction to Educational Technology3
EDS302Foundations of Literacy and Language Development3
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3
EDS380Multicultural Education3
EDS448Elementary Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms3
EDS452Student Teaching9
EDSES410Assessment of Students with Disabilities3
EDSES412Curriculum & Strategies: Low Incidence3
EDSES422Curriculum & Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSES482Inclusive Classrooms for All Children3
EDSES483Language & Literacy: Assessment & Intervention3
EDSES484Collaboration & Partnerships: Families & Professionals3
EDSES485Transition Considerations for Secondary Students3
EDSES494Special Education Practicum3
EDSES492Special Education Seminar3
EDSES495Professional & Ethical Practice3

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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