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Elementary Education Certificate Program

E-Learning Delivery

The certificate program is a non-degree post baccalaureate program of study preparing students for an initial teaching certificate and is available in elementary education. UAS provides institutional recommendation to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development which grants certification for grades K-8.

The certificate program is only offered through e-Learning and is only available to students in urban and rural communities throughout the state of Alaska.

Candidates in this program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed Internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments and a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. Practicum courses are available only to students admitted to the elementary teacher certificate program.

Courses are delivered via audio conference, DVD, computer conferencing, and correspondence. Students should be familiar with using email, the Internet, computer conferencing, and should have fax access. Certificate students must receive approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.

Current Elementary Students, please see information on the Elementary MAT Program.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator

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

907-694-8797 fax


Graduate Certificate
Elementary Education K-8

Education Graduate certificates provide candidates with eligibility endorsements to an Alaska teaching certificate. All course work must be completed within a seven-year period immediately preceding the date the graduate certificate is granted. Graduate certificates are granted by the University of Alaska Southeast; UAS provides the institutional recommendation to the student to submit to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for endorsement.

The teacher certification program in Elementary Education is a graduate certificate that leads to recommendation for an elementary K-8 Initial Teacher Certificate. The program is offered by e-Learning only and is available to students in urban and rural areas throughout Alaska. On-site cohorts may also be formed as demand warrants. Students in the program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed Internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments and a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. Certification students must receive the approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.

Courses are delivered via audio and online. Students must have access to a speakerphone, a digital camera, a digital video camera, and a scanner.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a general education background from an accredited institution. The program advisors will examine transcripts to determine if the applicant has sufficient background in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health. Applicants who lack sufficient background in one or more of these areas can expect to take additional coursework.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Gainful Employment Disclosure form or website.

Application Requirements

For application requirements please visit the School of Education website.

Requirements (2014-2015 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours45
Foundational Courses9
EDS230Intro to Educational Technology3
ED320BPE in the K-8 Curriculum1
ED320EHealth in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3
Select one from the following (1 credit):
EDS320AArt in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320CMusic in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320DDrama in the K-8 Curriculum1
Major Requirements36
ALSTS603Alaska 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 in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS619Classroom Management and Discipline3
EDS621ACurriculum Development3
EDS621BCurriculum Development3
EDS621CCurriculum Development3
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS680Advanced Multicultural Education3
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDSES482The Inclusive Classrooms 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. View more information on MAT Elementary.

Application Procedures

Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Elementary Distance & Teaching Certificate

Please return all items to the School of Education as instructed below.

Step 1: Consult with Katy Spangler (Program Coordinator)

Step 2: Send application documents to the Admissions office at UAS

  1. Graduate applicationfor admission (MAT program)
  2. Admission fee of $60.
  3. Background Check (.doc)
  4. Official transcript with evidence of baccalaureate degree awarded, GPA 3.0
    • Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are NOT REQUIRED to be submitted.
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation with SOE forms(.doc)
  6. Information Release Waiver Statement (.doc)
  7. Admission Writing Sample of two parts: Instructions (pdf)
    1. Statement of professional objectives
    2. Impromptu writing sample (Identify your proctor, have them complete the Proctor Information Form (.pdf) and return to Elisabeth Genaux).
  8. Documentation of Successful Work with Children: Letter from Dean Lo (.pdf)and Early Classroom Experience (.pdf)
  9. Passing Praxis Core (ASE) results (.pdf) -see note #3 (Register @ ETS)
  10. Student Information Sheet (.pdf)

Send to:

UAS - Admissions
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
907-796-6365 (fax)
For questions about the application process contact:
Elisabeth Genaux


  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 provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework as recommended by advisor
  3. ED 230 or competency is prerequisite for Elementary Certificate program.


  1. You may apply for admission to the MAT and Certificate 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. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions 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 Core (ASE) test for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the test, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis Core (ASE) prior to recommendation for certification.
  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  MAT Elementary Distance 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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