To help reduce the shortage of qualified teachers in high needs schools in Alaska, the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Educations offers qualified interns an opportunity to teach while completing their teacher-training programs.
The program is specifically designed to assist school districts with high needs as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to recruit and train highly qualified teachers for primarily rural schools but may apply to road and city districts in content areas of high demand.
UAF’s Secondary Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program is designed to provide course work to individuals who hold four-year degrees, preferably with a content major, and who are interested in pursuing a teaching license at the secondary level.
UAF works with individuals hired by Alaska School districts. These individuals can participate in a licensure program while training.
These teachers in training are issued a Tier I Initial Certificate by the State of Alaska, and work for the same pay, benefits and retirement contributions as other certified teachers.
Once hired and admitted to UAF, the teaching interns teach full time while completing their course work at night by audio conference. They are matched with a university partner who visits their site through out their internship. They must complete their program within a two-year time frame. They are required to attend classes on the UAF campus during one summer of their two years in training.
Candidates who have not secured teaching positions but plan to apply to school districts in Alaska should submit the applications to the Secondary Post-Baccalaureate Licensure program by its regular, March 1 deadline.
Candidates who have already secured positions in Alaska Schools may be considered until June 30 th .
Applicants must meet all the criteria for a Tier I Initial certification.
Candidates are required to meet or exceed the State of Alaska’s list of approved Praxis II content test cut scores listed below.
Applicants applying to teach in a World Language are not required to submit Praxis II scores in the target language but are required to submit scores for the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPic II) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) .
*Tests being phased out & replaced with the General Science 0435 test.
Individuals who have not completed an approved teacher preparation program, but who are hired by an Alaskan School district, are required to be enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program while teaching.
These individuals teach as paid full-time teachers while completing a licensure program.
Once hired and admitted to UAF’s program, teaching interns work full-time in the classroom while completing their course work at night by audio conference. They are matched with a university partner who visits their site throughout their internship.
These contacts are supplemented by a Statewide Teacher Mentor who makes monthly visits to the school to meet with the teaching intern.
The ATP Job Bank site, run by Alaska Teacher Placement, and is the single best way to seek teaching positions.
ATP also organizes several teacher job fairs each spring, and has weekly live chats.
It is highly recommended that you research different locations and school districts in Alaska to make sure that you have accurate information in selecting a position that is the right fit for you.
It is essential to educate yourself on the geography and cultures of the state, as well as the cost of living, living conditions, differences in climate by region, and other important factors before you decide where to focus your search for a teaching position.
Contacts for questions concerning the University of Alaska Fairbanks Secondary Post-Baccalaureate licensure Program:Karen Eiler