of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA). Two of the goals are to assure that the teacher education components are aligned with both the Alaska student and educator standards and to assure that graduates of the programs are effectively prepared to meet the unique needs of students in the state. The APTE is a partnership involving urban and rural school districts (three of the poorest in the state), the Alaska Board of Education and Early Development, private business, and the university. University partners include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the UAA Provost’s Office, the UA Office of the President, and the Institute of Social and Economic Research. The inclusion of multiple partners within the university is a demonstration of the understanding that the preparation of teachers is an integral part of the entire university community.
Under APTE vision, the postbaccalaureate teacher education curriculum is based on strong content preparation. Also, teaching candidates will complete a year-long internship in the schools, and a supervision team for each prospective teacher will include a K-12 mentor, a UAA College of Arts and Sciences tutor, and a faculty member from the UAA School of Education. Several new institutional structures will be put in place to monitor and guide changes in the teacher education program. For example, the Teacher Education Council will be an advisory body that will evaluate the progress of the UAA in making appropriate program modifications and assuring the involvement of all relevant parties. Multiple teams will develop teacher education courses and plan the clinical experiences and internships. There will also be a curriculum coordinating committee that will be responsible for development of the curriculum in a manner that assures maximum curricular coherence.
In July 2000 the UAA began a new postbaccalaureate program for future elementary and secondary education teachers. It is a one-year integrated program that combines 36 credit hours of coursework and field experience. Admission requirements include completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0; GRE minimum scores of 400 in the verbal, mathematics, and analytical sections; Praxis I scores that meet Alaska state requirements; and appropriate Praxis II scores. Applicants must also provide evidence of experience with school-aged children and three letters of recommendation that highlight the applicant’s qualifications to teach. After applications have been screened, strong candidates are interviewed and final admission decisions are made.
The program follows a cohort model and students begin the program in June. Summer coursework includes nine credit hours of education foundation content and an introduction to educational technology. During the fall and spring semesters, students take six credit hours of methods coursework and receive six credits for school internships. Students complete the certification program the following June with a three-credit course entitled “Internship Capstone Seminar: