Master of Arts in Teaching
Secondary Teacher Certification
The Master of Arts in Teaching program for Middle Grades and Secondary Education(grades 6-12) is a 12-month program for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree and who are seeking a teaching certificate in secondary and middle grades education. Applicants to this program should have an undergraduate degree in a subject normally taught in Alaska secondary schools (e.g. English, social studies, mathematics, sciences, art, music). Contact Scott Christian for more information. Placement for this program are made throughout Alaska. A total of 30 graduate credits are required. To be considered in the first round for the upcoming program, cadidates must submit application materials by March 1st. A secondary review of applicants will be completed in an ongoing manner based on available space in the program.
The six-week summer program is offered in the Juneau campus and prepares the intern to begin the teaching internship in the fall. Classes meet for the full day, Monday through Friday as students complete four graduate courses. Fall and Spring courses are offered Via e-Learning only.
The MAT emphasizes education professionals with:
- A strong content background in their teaching field (i.e., Bachelor's degree in the content area).
- A demanding graduate-level program.
- A year-long intensive reflective/research-based classroom experience.
- Participation in a dynamic learning community with student teachers across the state.
The MAT Secondary program is based on the following principles:
The UAS School of Education's vision for the program is: Our graduates will be informed, reflective and responsive teachers within diverse classroom, school and community contexts.
To accomplish this, the student goals in the program are:
- Teacher candidates articulate, maintain and develop a philosophy of education that they also demonstrate in practice.
- Teacher candidates understand how human development affects learning and apply that understanding to practice.
- Teacher candidates differentiate instruction with respect for individual and cultural characteristics.
- Teacher candidates possess current academic content knowledge
- Teacher candidates facilitate student learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction and modification of teaching practice.
- Teacher candidates create and manage a stimulating, inclusive and safe learning community in which students take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively
- Teacher candidates work as partners with parents, families and the community.
- Teacher candidates develop and maintain professional, moral and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships and habits of mind.
- Teacher candidates use technology effectively, creatively and wisely.
We take pride in being a small, high-quality program, providing more close, personal attention and support for each student. We believe in strong connections between campus learning and internship training. For optimal learning in this intense, high quality program, outside responsibilities should be limited.
MAT SECONDARY 2015-2016 Handbook
Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)
|Minimum Credit Hours||36|
|* Classes needed for state certification|
Summer (6 weeks)
|ED||S669||Literacy in Middle/Secondary Schools||3|
|EDSE||S682||Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities||3|
|ED||S691||Teaching Internship I||3|
|ED||S692||Educational Seminar I||3|
|EDET||S632||Classroom Internet Integration||3|
|ED||S691||Teaching Internship II||3|
|ED||S692||Educational Seminar II||3|
- A Master’s Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes
- Official Praxis Core exam scores meeting Alaska cut scores
- 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.
- 3.00 GPA
Master of Arts in Teaching - Secondary Education
One year intensive; Juneau, Anchorage, Sitka, Ketchikan, Fairbanks or other Alaskan communities.
Deadline: To be considered in the first round for the upcoming cohort, candidates must submit all application materials by March 1. A secondary review of applicants will be completed in an ongoing manner based on available space in the program.
ANCHORAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT: Placement in the ASD involves a number of steps. There is a registration process for student teaching placements with ASD that takes place in early February. Student teachers must complete this registration process prior to the deadline in order to be placed in ASD in the fall. Please let us know TODAY of your intention to intern in the ASD so we can work with you to facilitate the process.
The following items are necessary for a complete application:
- A completed graduate application with $60 processing fee; (Note: Admission status notices are mailed out by the School of Education. Provisional admission status may be granted. Provisions must be completed within time specified at admission. For information about the online application visit UAS Admissions.)
- An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.0;
- Transcripts from UAA, UAF, or UAS are not required to be submitted
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended. These will be used for assessment of applicant's content preparation;
- Two recommendation forms addressing Academic Content and Dispositions;
- Student Information Sheet;
- Information Release Waiver Statement;
- Current Resume;
- An admissions writing assessment consisting of a Statement of Professional Objectives. Please refer to this Student Self-Evaluation sheet and the Writing Sample Guidelines.
- Passing Praxis CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) exam results are required to be fully admitted to the program. Register online at ETS. Test scores must be sent directly to UAS. (Note: You must take the Praxis CASE test prior to admission. If you do not pass all sections of the test, you may retake it.)
- Passing Praxis II content area exam results are required before you can be admitted to the program. You should select the Praxis II exam most closely aligned with your undergraduate degree. Click here for a list of current Praxis II content area exams and register online at ETS. If you have questions about which Praxis II exam to take, please contact Scott Christian.
- (Note: You must take a Praxis II content area exam prior to admission; you may retake it if you do not pass. You will not be admitted to the program unless UAS receives passing Praxis II scores.)
- A transcript evaluation form must be completed by students seeking certification in Math, English, Social Studies, History, General Science, or a Single Subject in Science. Students should select the transcript evaluation form for the content area aligned with their undergraduate degree and Praxis II exam (if there are content deficiencies, the student will be advised to defer enrollment). There are detailed directions for completion included in the form. All questions regarding this requirement should be directed to Scott Christian.
- This form is not required for students seeking certification in other content areas.
- An interview with UAS faculty will be scheduled by the program coordinator when students have completed all other requirements. Interviews may take place in person or through web conference; all questions regarding this requirement should be directed to Scott Christian.
IMPORTANT: A Student Teaching Authorization application for the Department of Education and Early Development (EED) must be completed prior to the application deadline. Please follow the guidelines found on the application form and on the EED website.
- The application for Student Teaching Authorization should be filled out except for the required Dean's Signature and then mailed (ONLY the application) to the UAS School of Education attention Marie Stevens at 11120 Glacier Hwy, HA2, Juneau AK 99801.
- Once the Dean has signed the form we will mail the application back to you.
- You will need to mail your complete application (student teaching authorization, fingerprint card, and $60 fee) to EED at: Department of Education and Early Development, Teacher Education and Certification, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500 Juneau, AK 99811-0500.
Send all application forms and information to:
|For application process questions, contact Elisabeth Genaux:Phone: 907-796-6076|
Toll free: 866-465-6424