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Elementary Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program

The University of Alaska Southeast graduate teacher education programs for candidates seeking an initial teaching certificate with a K-8 endorsement is available through the Elementary Certificate Program or the Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching Program. E-Learning, a university mentor and practicum experience in the local elementary or middle school allow qualified candidates to complete this program in their local communities throughout Alaska. The program is available only to students in urban and rural Alaskan communities.

The program consists of a series of courses that lead to a capstone student teaching and portfolio preparation experience. The courses are delivered by a variety of e-Learning methods, using the internet and other computer-mediated systems, audio-conferences, DVDs and traditional correspondence methods.

Classes that meet as a group take place in the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate the school day. Our candidates work with faculty and become colleagues with other candidates all across Alaska through extensive use of e-mail and computer conferencing.

At least six courses, known as practicum classes, require regular work in the classroom and are supervised by local teachers who volunteer their time. During practicum experiences, we expect our candidates to make a genuine and positive contribution to the local school. The final semester of full-time student teaching and the the preparation of a teaching portfolio will allow you to demonstrate that you have met the Alaska Teacher Standards.

The MAT results in a teaching certificate and a graduate degree. Students who enter the certificate program may apply to the MAT program as all certificate courses are part of the MAT program. The certificate program may be completed in 3 to 4 intensive semesters, or may be spread out for as long as 7 years. Students who choose the MAT will need at least a year following certification to complete their remaining coursework and portfolio. We assist our candidates in planning flexible programs that meet their individual needs.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator

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

907-694-8797 fax



  • Katy L. Spangler
  • Professor of Education
  • Phone: 907-694-7019

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

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

Minimum Credit Hours51
Foundational Courses9
Major Requirements42

Foundational Courses

COEDS001Preparations for Teacher Education Programs0
EDS230Introduction to Educational Technology3
EDS320BPE in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320EHealth in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS333The Learner and the Learning Process3

Select one of the following (1 credit):

EDS320AArt in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320CMusic in the K-8 Curriculum1
EDS320DDrama in the K-8 Curriculum1

Major Requirements

ALSTS603Alaska Literature for Young People3
ECES661Literacy and Young Children3
EDS615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
EDS616Math Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS617Science Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS618Social Studies Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
EDS619Classroom Management and Discipline3
EDS621ACurriculum Development1
EDS621BCurriculum Development1
EDS621CCurriculum Development1
EDS680Perspectives on Multicultural Education3
EDS688Student Teaching6
EDSES482The Inclusive Classroom 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:

EDS626Classroom Research3
EDS698Master's Research Project or Portfolio3

Exit Criteria

  1. A Master’s Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
  2. Official Praxis Subject Assessments as required by the State for your subject area meeting Alaska cut scores are due upon completion of student teaching and are required for issuance of the Institutional Recommendation and graduate certificate.
  3. 3.00 GPA

Application Process

Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Elementary Education

Please return all items to the Admissions Department as instructed below.

Step 1: Consult with Katy Spangler (Program Coordinator).

Step 2: Send application materials to Admissions.

Send to:

Attn: Deema Ferguson
UAS Admissions
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801

Fax: 907-796-6002

Do not hesitate to contact the Student Services Assistant with any questions about application materials or the application process. The following items are necessary for a complete application:


  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 may be admitted provisionally.)
  2. Prerequisite coursework as recommended by advisor.
  3. ED 230 or competency is prerequisite for Elementary Credential Program.


  1. You may apply for admission to the MAT and Credential 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 sent 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 CASE exam for admission. If you do not pass all sections of the exam, you may retake it. You must PASS the Praxis CASE prior to full admission and prior to placement in any school practicum. 
  6. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in this program. 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 Candidate Handbook, Student Teaching Handbook and Host Teacher Handbook are available for download here:

Student Teaching Application Procedures

Student Teaching Application Deadlines
  • March 30th for Fall semester student teaching
  • September 30th for Spring semester student teaching
Eligibility Requirements for Student Teaching
  • Good standing admission to a UAS Education Program
  • 3.0 or above GPA in Education program coursework
  • All coursework successfully completed prior to starting student teaching

If you do not meet these requirements include a letter to your advisor explaining what requirement is not completed and why a waiver is warranted with the rest of your application.

To apply to Student Teach mail or email the following documents to Delores Graver, UAS School of Education (HA-1), 11120 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, Alaska 99801.

  1. Completed UAS Student Teaching Application;
  2. Passing Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge (5018) score;
    • If student teaching is to take place at a middle school: submit passing Praxis II Middle School Content Area score in addition;
  3. Copies of DEED application documents; + *

Fingerprint instructions are found on page 2 of the DEED student teaching application.   See that page for information and instructions. 

The following school Districts require additional application materials:

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Anchorage School District 

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Applicants who are student teaching outside Alaska do not need to submit a finger print packet, but must comply with any local or state regulations. 
 + Students must meed all requirements specified by DEED at the time of the application for teaching certificate. See their website for more information. This process can take several months, so please start early.

*Return your fingerprint packet, Student Teaching Authorization Application, and $60 payment to DEED. Not the School of Education! Submit copies to the School of Education.



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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