Mission and Goals


Our mission is to prepare professional educators who are culturally responsive, effective practitioners, as described in the stateStandards for Alaska’s Teachers (PDF file) and the candidate proficiencies identified in the UAF School of Education Conceptual Framework. The UAF School of Education recognizes that schooling in Alaska has unique characteristics. We prepare educators to work in urban and rural Alaska and to work with K-12 students from many backgrounds, with a particular focus on Alaska Native languages and cultures.


Through our programs and professional development courses, we promote the following goals:
  1. Increase the number of qualified educators for Alaska’s schools by:
    • Providing licensure programs at undergraduate and graduate levels
    • Providing education programs to place-bound educators in rural Alaska
    • Recruiting Alaska Native candidates
    • Aligning programs with state and national standards and the candidate proficiencies identified in our Conceptual Framework
  2. Enhance the professional skills of Alaska’s K-12 educators by:
    • Providing professional development opportunities throughout their careers
    • Providing graduate degree programs statewide
    • Developing partnerships with public schools
  3. Develop and support ongoing systemic educational collaborations with Alaska schools and communities to:
    • Respond to the needs and interests of youth, families, and communities
    • Better serve Alaska’s diverse populations
    • Enhance learning opportunities for individuals with exceptionalities
  4. Conduct collaborative research on cross-cultural and multicultural education to provide on-going support of:
    • The quality of Alaska’s K-12 schools
    • The curriculum of the UAF School of Education
    • The preparation of educators who incorporate into the learning environment the varied cultures and languages of Alaska.