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School of Education Program Spotlight: PITAAS

In Alaska schools, Alaska Natives make up 25% of the student body and less than 5% of the teaching force. The PITAAS Program is a scholarship program with many services designed to meet its goals: more Alaska Native teachers and administrators in Alaskan schools.

Eligible students are Alaska Native students with junior or senior standing enrolled in undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs, post graduate Teacher Certification Programs, and Graduate Certificates, Endorsements and Master of Education (M.Ed.) Programs.

The School of Education offers programs designed to meet the needs of those preparing to become teachers and those who are already in the profession. We have a strong tradition for preparing educators and principals of excellence who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the lives of students.

Initial Teacher Preparation

The School of Education's Initial Teacher Preparation Programs prepare the beginning teacher for the classroom and lead to a recommendation for an Initial Teaching Certificate. 


Master of Arts in Teaching (Initial Teacher Certification)

Advanced Programs

The Advanced programs within the School of Education are geared toward extending and developing the practicing teacher's classroom skills and abilities.  Applicants to these programs must have a Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution or a current teaching Certificate.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Graduate Certificates & Endorsements

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SOE Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives

SOE Teacher Education Mission Statement

Working cooperatively with P-12 schools and the community, faculty of the School of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast identify, prepare and strengthen effective teachers for sustained contributions to the education profession in rural and urban settings in Alaska and the nation.


Our graduates will be informed, reflective and responsive teachers within diverse classroom, school and community contexts.

SOE Faculty's Professional Commitments

1. Recognize and nurture candidate differences, promote and model positive attitudes toward diversity, and teach in inclusive and culturally responsive ways.

2. Design and adjust programs to meet the evolving and unique needs of Alaska.

3. Personalize teaching, challenge candidates to think and reflect, use performance-based assessment, create communities of learners, arrange extensive and substantial field experience, conduct and promote teacher research, and, generally model concepts taught in action.

4. Use technology to support learning, empower candidates and provide accessibility to quality teacher education throughout the state.

5. Ground candidates’ learning in classroom field experience in diverse school communities.

6. Use real classrooms as well as books as source materials for knowledge construction, research, and life-long learning.

7. Establish collaborative relationships with candidates to support the whole learner.

8. Broaden professional knowledge through research activities.

9. Plan instruction based upon understanding of learning theory, human development, content and effective practice.

10.Monitor and support candidates’ development of content area knowledge and their transition from proficient learner to proficient teacher of content.

Student Goals and Performances, Expected in All Programs

(K) Knowledge (S) Skill (D) Disposition

Goal 1: Educators articulate, maintain, and develop a philosophy of education that is demonstrated in their practice.


a. support their philosophy of education with research-based theory and evidence. (K)

b. apply their philosophy, beliefs, and theory to practice. (S)

c. are guided by their philosophy of education are flexible in revising it based on new research and teaching experience. (D)

Goal 2: Educators understand how human development affects learning and apply that understanding to practice.


a. identify ways students’ developmental levels affect their thinking processes and learning. (K)

b. accommodate differences in how students learn based on knowledge of individual’s social, emotional, and intellectual maturation. (S)

c. demonstrate an appreciate of unique thinking processes of learners during different stages of development. (D)

Goal 3: Educators differentiate instruction with respect for individual and cultural characteristics.


a. identify strategies for differentiating instruction based on student differences. (K).

b. design instruction that incorporates characteristics of the local community’s culture and that is appropriate to students’ individual and special needs. (S)

c. apply local and Alaska knowledge to the selection of instructional strategies, materials and resources (S)

d. demonstrate their belief that all students can learn and that they appreciate multiple perspectives and value individual differences. (D)

Goal 4: Educators possess current academic content knowledge.


a. demonstrate knowledge of their content area, including structure of the curriculum, the tools of inquiry, central concepts, and connections to other areas of knowledge. (K)

b. connect the content area to other content areas and to practical situations encountered outside the school. (S)

c. demonstrate commitment to professional discourse about content knowledge and student learning of content. (D)

Goal 5: Educators facilitate student learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction, and modification of practice.


a. understand how to plan for instruction that is based on learner needs and curriculum goals. (K)

b. plan, teach, and assess for optimal learning. (S)

c. demonstrate that they value assessment and instruction as integrated processes. (D)

Goal 6: Educators create and manage a stimulating, inclusive and safe learning community in which learners take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively.


a. investigate and use a variety of techniques to establish and maintain a responsive environment for all learners. (K,S)

b. establish and maintain a positive climate in which learners develop self-direction and collaborative skills. (S)

c. commit to ensuring learner well being and development of self-regulation and group interaction skills. (D)

Goal 7: Educators work as partners with parents, families and the community.


a. develop a sound, broad-based understanding of learners’ families and the local communities. (K)

b. communicate effectively with parents and community members to and incorporate local ways of knowing into decision making about all levels of schooling. (S)

c. recognize the school as an integral part of the community and value families and community members as partners in promoting learning. (D)

Goal 8: Educators develop and maintain professional, moral, and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships, and habits of mind.


a. remain current in knowledge of content and teaching practice. (K)

b. participate in and contribute to the teaching profession. (S)

c. communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and supervisors. (S)

d. demonstrate professional ethics, democratic principles, and collaborative learning communities. (D)

Goal 9: Educators use technology effectively, creatively, and wisely in their practice.


a. effectively use computers and other technologies in their professional practice and evaluate the potentials and limitations of technologies.. (K)

b. integrate technology in planning, instruction, and assessment to support student learning. (S)

c. value technology as a tool for lifelong learning. (D)

A Message from the Dean

On behalf of the faculty and staff, welcome to the School of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast. Exciting things happen here and I am confident that you will find the University and the School of Education to be an outstanding choice. We are an innovative and growing school dedicated to preparing effective teachers and other educators for Alaska’s schools.

The School of Education offers programs designed to meet the needs of those preparing to become teachers and those who are already in the profession.  We have a strong tradition for preparing educators and principals of excellence who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the lives of students.

With the P-12 schools of Alaska as our partners we have created opportunities for accessibility to our programs through distance delivery.  We also have programs with summer institutes on the Juneau and Sitka campus that take advantage of the wonderful outdoor experience only available in Southeast Alaska.  I invite you to look at the programs on this web site and then send us an email, make a phone call, or come by our offices for more information.  Together, we want to help you make a difference in the lives of students, families and communities.  Unique features of our programs are: Quality Place-based Educational Experiences – Academic rigor and scholarly excellence within a context unique to our Alaska heritage. By valuing individual diversity and the heritage of our area, the School provides a caring, interactive and academically challenging environment:

  • Unique programs building commitment to creative problem solving in the service of children, families and communities;
  • Actively fostering intellectual pursuits while celebrating a multicultural world and the heritage of Native populations;
  • Serious about enhancing professional skills in support of the belief that all children can learn;

Convenient schedules – Our classes are taught in a variety of formats to accommodate student and professional lifestyles.

Supportive environment–We are committed to your success. Students enjoy small classes, dedicated faculty who are available to students, caring staff, numerous University services and continually expanding technology.

Juneau–Our beautiful campus and the surrounding environments offer diverse experiences and opportunities guaranteed to stimulate creativity and a desire to learn.
These and many other initiatives are led by a dedicated faculty and staff in collaboration with numerous individuals throughout the larger university community.  We are making a difference in the lives of those we serve.  On behalf of the faculty and staff of the School of Education, I thank you for your interest and look forward to welcoming you.

Deborah E. Lo, PhD
Dean, School of Education

The School of Education values our partnerships with the Alaska System for Early Education Development Program and the Alaska Arts Education Consortium.

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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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