The Elementary Licensure Program is a post-baccalaureate, year-long elementary licensure program for students who have previously completed a BA or BS degree. The program meets the standards of two national associations (the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/NCATE and the Association for Childhood Education International/ACEI), and all program completers must demonstrate the ability to meet the UAF/Alaska Teacher Standards. Coursework and internship requirements are tightly integrated and are guided by a recognition and respect for the unique cultural, linguistic and geographic factors that are specific to the Alaska context. This is a classroom-based program that is built upon a close working partnership among interns, mentor teachers and university faculty. Students complete course and fieldwork requirements while serving as interns in an Alaska school, and they are able to apply some of these program credits to the requirements necessary for an M.Ed. at UAF.
Students who have adequate content area preparation and who meet all program and UAF admission requirements enter the program in May and complete three graduate-level courses, for a total of nine credits. (Students who have completed the approved UAF 13 credit Summer Course Substitution can use this undergraduate level minor to fulfill the requirements of the 9 credits of summer coursework in the Licensure Program.) During the academic year—which follows the school districts’, not the university’s calendar—students are required to complete 26 additional credits while completing a year-long internship in a school. Upon successful completion of all of the Elementary Post-Baccalaureate program requirements, students will be eligible to apply for a Tier One Initial Licensure, which is good for 3 years. In order to apply for a Second Tier Alaska Professional Teaching Certificate, students will also need to complete one approved course in the area of Alaska Studies as required by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, as well as providing evidence of meeting additional requirements as outlined on the EED department’s website.