Advising/Student Support

Students who have not earned a bachelor's degree
The UAF School of Education's new Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education offers students a teacher certification program that can be completed concurrent with an undergraduate degree.  The B.A. in Secondary Education requires a dual major in Secondary Education and the student's content area.  

Outcome:  Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for an Alaska initial teaching license. 

Students must complete a bachelor of arts degree with a major in secondary education and one or more of the following majors approved for certification:

Approved Content Areas/Majors 
Art             Biology
Chemistry    Earth Science
French             German
History Mathematics
Political Science Physics - not available in BA in Secondary 

Students who apply to UAF are assigned an advisor in the secondary education program and may also meet with an advisor in their academic subject teaching major department. 

Bachelor degree students who are unsure if teaching is a career for them are encouraged to take EDSC 110 Becoming a Middle/High School Teacher, a one credit course, offered during the fall/spring semester.

The School of Education Secondary Department encourages undergraduate students who desire to become secondary teachers, grades 7-12, and are not completing the BA in Secondary Education, to meet with the School of Education Secondary advisor as they begin to complete course work in their major for guidance in selection of electives toward subject area content requirements and if pursuing a bachelor of arts degree, in selection of a minor.

Students who plan to complete the UAF Secondary Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program at the completion of their baccalaureate degree need to meet the requirements of their baccalaureate degree and must also meet the content requirements for their specific teaching content area.

Students who have already earned a degree and would like to learn more about the field of secondary education, should consider taking EDSC 205 Introduction to Secondary Education, a three-credit course, offered each spring as a traditional class on the Fairbanks campus and through distance education as a  Blackboard Collaborate course.  This course provides an overview of the field of secondary teaching and a 20-hour semester fieldwork practicum placement in which the student will experience a secondary school setting while spending time with a public school teacher.

For an appointment or additional information, please contact:

Karen Eiler, or , 723 Gruening Building, Ph: 907-474-6180 Fax: 907-474-5451

UAF Academic Center
The Advising Center provides academic advising for general studies, pre-major, and non-degree seeking students. Degree check lists for academic majors can be printed from this site. Links to Learning Resources including tutoring, Student Support Services Program, Associated Students of Alaska Fairbanks, the Writing Center, Math Labs, and much more can be found at their site.

Rural Student Services (RSS)
RSS is a vital link joining the Fairbanks campus, rural communities and other UAF campuses. Students may choose an RSS advisor who will provide comprehensive academic advising and referrals to various support services on the Fairbanks campus. RSS advisors can register students for classes, explain academic requirements and explore degree and career options. They assist students with the admissions and financial aid process to attend UAF, provide personal counseling and student advocacy. RSS serves as a Native Student Center in the Brooks Building to provide an atmosphere where students can share Native cultural traditions on campus and attend Native student club activities, as well as being a comfortable student gathering place.

Testing Services

As a national test center, the UAF Testing Services Office contracts and administers paper and pencil, and computer-based exams. We advise UAF students, prospective students and the community about national testing for college admissions and placement, and about career and professional certification. Our office coordinates private proctoring and credit by examination; locally and through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Disabled students may be entitled to special testing arrangements. Please call (907) 474-5277 for more information.

Disabilities Services
Disability Services provide a variety of services to assure equal access for all students. Interpreting services, educational assistants, note taking, and exam accommodations for students are the most frequently provided accommodations. Disability services also provides assistance to the university's rural campuses; Tanana Valley Campus, Bristol Bay, Chukchi, Interior-Aleutians, Kuskokwim, and Northwest. The staff of Disability Services works with faculty in arranging appropriate services in the classroom.