Special Education, B.A.

Juneau, e-Learning

Contact: Jill Burkert, Ph.D.
(907) 796-6033

The Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program prepares teacher candidates to develop and implement culturally responsive special education services for students with disabilities. The program focuses on the unique needs of:

  1. children and youth with disabilities;
  2. Alaska’s diverse Native and non-Native communities; and
  3. Alaska’s remote, rural, and urban communities.

Candidates who complete the B.A. in Special Education program can receive an Alaska Teaching Certificate with an Endorsement in Special Education (Grades K-12) from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

Courses are offered at the Juneau campus and through e-Learning (online and via audio conference). The e-Learning option allows candidates who live and work in Alaska’s remote and rural communities to remain in their home communities while completing their degrees.

Admission Requirements

Applicants will be admitted into the Bachelor of Arts in Special Education program after completing all UAS general admission requirements and the following:

  1. Background check.

Admission to Senior Year Practicum and Student Teaching

In addition to the admissions requirements above, students must complete the following to be admitted into the senior year:

  1. Minimum GPA of 2.75
  2. Successful completion of all pre-senior year courses with grades of C 2.00 (not C-) or better
  3. Application for student teaching, including fingerprinting and background check
  4. Praxis Core/CASE exam scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification. The Praxis Core exam assesses basic knowledge in reading, writing, and math.
  5. Letter of recommendation from someone other than an education professor speaking to the student’s potential as a certified teacher.

Exit Criteria

  1. Satisfactory completion of all courses
  2. GPA of 2.75 or higher
  3. Praxis II exam (Elementary Content Knowledge 5018), with scores meeting Alaska Department of Education & Early Development requirements for initial teacher certification.
Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
Breadth Requirements22
Major Requirements63
General Education Requirements
Complete all General Education Requirements.35
Breadth Requirements
MATH S211Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I3
MATH S212Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
Select one of the following: 14
Beginning Tlingit I
Beginning Haida I
Beginning American Sign Language I
PSY S245Child Development3
or PSY S250 Lifespan Development
Select one of the following:3
Alaska Studies
Advisor approved elective 2
Select one of the following:3
Alaska Native Cultures
Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives
Arctic Anthropology
Northwest Coast Cultures
Alaska Native Economic and Political Development
Alaska Native Social Change
Northwest Coast Native Art History and Culture
Beginning Northwest Coast Basketry
Beginning Northwest Coast Carving
Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives
Native American Literature
Advisor approved elective
ED S304Literature for Children and Young Adults3
or ENGL S305 Children's Literature
Major Requirements
ECE S420Developing Literacy in the Early Years3
ED S122Introduction to Education (or advisor approved elective)3
ED S222Orientation to the Teaching Profession3
ED S230Introduction to Educational Technology3
ED S302Foundations of Literacy and Language Development3
ED S333The Learner and the Learning Process3
ED S380Multicultural Education3
ED S448Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms3
ED S452Student Teaching9
EDSE S410Assessing Students With Disabilities3
EDSE S412Curriculum and Strategies: Low incidence3
EDSE S422Curriculum and Strategies: High Incidence3
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
EDSE S483Language and Literacy: Assessment and Intervention3
EDSE S484Collaboration and Partnerships: Families and Professionals3
EDSE S485Transition Planning for Secondary Students3
EDSE S492Seminar: Special Education3
EDSE S494 (Special Education Practicum)3
EDSE S495Professional and Ethical Practice3
Total Credits120

Or any other language approved by the advisor


Must be Alaska Department of Education & Early Development approved course for Alaska Studies.