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Preparing Indigenous Teachers & Administrators for Alaska Schools

The Challenge: Alaska needs more Alaska Native teachers

  • In Alaska schools, Alaska Natives make up 25% of the student body and less than 5% of the teaching force.
  • In 2000, the University of Alaska Southeast created the PITAAS Program with the help of a federal grant to address this shortage of Alaska Native teachers.
  • The PITAAS Program has grown to include many services designed to meet its goals: more Alaska Native teachers and administrators in Alaskan schools, preschool through high school. 

The PITAAS Program can help you earn your teaching degree at the University of Alaska Southeast!

Students who are accepted to the program receive a scholarship that generally covers tuition, fees,books, and room and board at UAS for the entire program period (contingent upon continued grant funding). Students must be enrolled in an education degree program at UAS, have a minimum 2.5 GPA upon entry and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to continue receiving this scholarship.* 

In order to receive a PITAAS scholarship, students must have college junior status and be admitted to one of the following degree programs at UAS:

Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs:  

  • BA Elementary Education
  • BA Special Education
  • BA or BS in an academic area leading toward a teacher certification

Post Graduate Teacher Certification Programs:  

Master's of Art in Teaching (MAT):

  • Elementary MAT (Distance)
  • Secondary MAT
  • Special Education MAT 

Graduate Certificates, Endorsements and Master of Education (M.Ed) Programs:

  • Educational Technology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education
  • Educational Leadership 
  • Superintendent Endorsement

Scholarship for Graduate Students & Teachers Seeking a Type B Principal Endorsement

*The PITAAS GPA requirement is higher than UAS Financial Aid and may differ from the requirements set forth by your degree program. The conditions stated here are separate and in addition to any requirements imposed by those offices.

Support Services

Foundations in Native Education Class

Undergraduate UAS PITAAS students are required to take a year-long course that is designed to build leadership skills and strengthen Native identity.


PITAAS students are also provided with group and individual tutoring support through The Learning Center.

Native and Rural Student Center

The Native and Rural Student Center provides a welcoming space for students to gather in a comfortable environment, as well as staff support to meet student needs.


The Alaska Native student organization, Wooch.Een, meets regularly and sponsors many cultural activities throughout the year.

Cultural Inclusion/Faculty Fellowship

PITAAS contributes toward UAS as a culturally responsive institution by integrating Native culture into courses and supporting UAS faculty to meet the learning needs of Native students.

Partners of the Alaskan Community

Sealaska Heritage Institute, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Future Educators of Alaska, and school districts from Southeast Alaska are partners with UAS in the PITAAS Program.


The TEACH Grant is designed for students who intend to teach full time in a high-need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that the U.S. Department of Education has designated as having a high concentration of students from low-income families.

Students enrolled in the M.Ed. in Special Education, M.Ed. in Reading or MAT Secondary with endorsement in Science, Math or Foreign Language are eligible to receive the TEACH grant if they meet all other requirements. Please refer to the UAS Financial Aid website for additional information.



All education programs through the Alaska College 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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