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Elementary Education K-8, B.A.

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B.A. Elementary class

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at the University of Alaska Southeast is a four-year undergraduate degree program available on campus or by e-Learning to freshman and transfer students in urban and rural Alaska seeking a Bachelor degree and elementary education credential that meets state and national standards.  Students can complete this program while staying in their home communities. The senior year consists of a nine month intensive internship, with students completing a 2.5 days per week practicum experience in schools with their mentor in the fall and a 5 days per week student teaching experience in schools with their mentor in the spring. Student supervision is collaborative and highly interactive. Methods classes are taken throughout the senior year.

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. Courses in this program:

  • Connect theory & practice, emphasizing a wide breadth of interdisciplinary content

  • Integrate current educational technology throughout the degree program

  • Integrate practical experience with professional theory during a year-long senior capstone student teaching internship

  • Are taught by outstanding, professionally recognized faculty in small classes

The main components of this program include: (1) subject area course work 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; (4) ongoing interactive student advisement; and (5) a capstone year-long experience where the professional education courses are integrated with field experiences and student teaching.

Contact



  • Jeffrey Lofthus
  • Professor of Education
  • Phone: 796-6404



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

2014-2015 Handbook

Degree Requirements

Please refer to the academic catalog for a complete list of course requirements.

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.

 
 

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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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