Analysis of Teaching and Learning.” Upon completion of the teacher certification program, candidates can apply to the state for an initial teacher’s license. To complete the master’s of education degree, students must complete an additional 12 credits of coursework.

The other two University of Alaska campuses, Fairbanks and Southeast, also have suspended admission into their bachelor’s teacher education programs and have adopted similar fifth-year teacher certification and master’s of teaching programs. Admission into the programs on both campuses is contingent on an applicant completing a bachelor’s degree (3.0 GPA), obtaining Alaska passing scores on Praxis I, and providing three letters of recommendation. At the University of Alaska, Southeast, applicants also must submit a portfolio of written materials. At the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, applicants must submit a vitae/resume, a four- to five-page statement of goals highlighting why the applicant wishes to study in the education program, and their qualifications and educational experience. Applicants must also submit GRE scores for the secondary program, while GRE scores are required for admission to the elementary program only if a candidate’s GPA is less than 3.0. Finally, applicants must complete an extemporaneous writing sample in person on campus.

Teacher Education at Alaska’s Private Schools

Sheldon-Jackson College is one of two private higher-education institutions in Alaska that offer an undergraduate teacher education program. Sheldon-Jackson has an open admissions policy and largely serves native Alaskans. All students are required to meet competencies in reading, writing, and mathematics and to fulfill general course requirements. To be admitted to the four-year traditional teacher education program, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. To remain in the program, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in all education courses and obtain a first aid/CPR certificate. Students must also take Praxis I, with student teaching contingent on passing at the 50th percentile or higher on all subtests.

Alaska Pacific University is a small private institution located in Anchorage that also has a Rural Alaska Native Adult (RANA) program. The university offers an undergraduate major in K-8 education at its home campus and through RANA. Students apply for admission into the teacher education program during their sophomore year after meeting the general university course requirements. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better to be admitted. Several field experiences are built into the program, and students complete the teacher education program with a 15-week practicum in the schools.

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