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Welcome to the UAF School of Education Secondary Program

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), School of Education (SOE) offers a 31 credit NCATE-accredited (grades 7-12) licensure program that can be completed in Fairbanks and from other locations within the State of Alaska by audio conference and/or ELIVE. This is not a web-based program. The program has been awarded national recognition through the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTEL). The Art endorsement follows the National Art Education Association (NAEA) standards.

The program can be completed as a one-year rigorous, accelerated pre-professional program leading to initial certification (fast-track option). Other options are available for interns who wish to complete the program over a longer period of time. Applicants may complete the program while under contract with an Alaskan school district (teaching while training option - TWT). Most TWT positions are located in rural Alaska and interns must secure their own teaching positions.  The program offers teaching endorsements in art, biology, chemistry, earth science, economics, English, French, government/political science, German, mathematics, physics and Spanish.

Applicants may apply as licensure only and complete all course work at the undergraduate (400) level. Additionally, applicants may apply as licensure toward M.Ed. in Secondary Education. These candidates are dual enrolled in a graduate licensure program and M.Ed. in Secondary Education degree. Students enrolled in this option complete some course work at the graduate (600) level and the remainder at the undergraduate (400) level. At the conclusion of the graduate licensure program, students have completed 19-22 credits towards a master’s degree in secondary education. Master's degree course work must then be completed within seven years of admittance ( see M.Ed. requirements ). At the successful conclusion of the licensure programs, both options provide the candidate with a post-baccalaureate certificate in secondary education and the candidate is eligible for an Alaska initial teaching license.

Upon request and satisfactory completion of this program, candidates are recommended to the State of Alaska for an Initial teaching license which is valid for three years (for those interns who have met the approved Alaska studies course requirement, two years for others) and is "non renewable." During those three years of Initial Certification, a teacher is expected to meet requirements to move to Professional Certification.

A Professional Certificate requires the completion of the UAF Secondary Licensure Program (or any approved program), submission of transcripts showing completion of an approved Alaska studies course and an approved Alaska multicultural course . The UAF Secondary Program EDSC 457/657 program requirement meets the Alaska multi-cultural requirement. This program does not, however, contain an approved Alaska studies course. In addition, candidates for a Professional Certificate must complete six semester hours of credit and submit a copy of the Praxis II scores showing passing scores on the required content area exam.

Candidates who enter the Secondary Post-Baccalaureate Licensure program are required to have laptops before they begin their internships in the fall semester of their professional year. Click here for more information on the SOE technology requirement .