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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



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 Procedures

Master of Arts in Teaching Program - Elementary & Teaching Certificate

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

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

Step 2: Send application documents to Admissions

Send to:

UAS - Admissions
11120 Glacier Hwy
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: 907-796-6100
1-866-465-6424 toll free
Fax: 907-796-6365

For questions about application documents, email the Student Services Assistant:


  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 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 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 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 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 Candidate Handbook, Student Teaching Handbook and Host Teacher Handbook are available for download here:

Student Teaching Application Procedures

Student Teaching applications will not be considered until candidates have been admitted to the program and the four steps below have been completed. 

  1. Submission of a passing Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge (5018) score.
    • If student teaching is to take place at a middle school, then a passing score for the Praxis II Middle School Content Area exam is also required.
  2. Completed/signed UAS student teaching application;
  3. Eligibility Waiver request, if applicable
  4. Copies of application documents that you have sent to the Department of Education:
    • copy of completed Fingerprint card;
    • copy only of pages 1-6 of the DEED Student Teaching Authorization Application.  See below regarding page 7.
    • Copy of Certified Check/money order for $60 background/fingerprint card; you can pay via credit card too. 

For the Student Teaching Authorization, include the $60 fee (Credit Card, cashier's check or money order ONLY).  This is sent to DEED.  We just need proof of the payment.

Applications are found on the DEED website in the Teacher Certification section, lower right hand corner under "download applications."

NOTE:  Page 7 of the application is provided by UAS.  Please contact the program assistant with your current address and request that she prepare and send you a signed Student Teaching Authorization Enrollment Form. You need the Dean's original signature on the application that you submit to DEED.  The original signed form will be returned to you by mail once the Dean has signed it.  
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. 
 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
Eligibility Waiver Request

Applicants who have not fulfilled all eligibility requirements but wish to apply for a waiver of an eligibility requirement must write a letter to their advisor explaining what requirement is not completed and why a waiver is warranted.  This waiver must accompany your student teaching application. 

Return your fingerprint packet to DEED,  Not the School of Education!

Mail or email your Copies only to Bhagavati Braun, UAS School of Education (HA-1), 11120 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, Alaska, 99801.  If you have questions regarding your student teaching document, email

Please note:

Students must meet 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. 



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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