Elementary Education K-8 Graduate Certificate
Dr. Katy Spangler
The teacher certification program in Elementary Education is a graduate certificate that leads to recommendation for an elementary K-8 Initial Teacher Certificate. The program is offered by e-Learning only and is available to students in urban and rural areas throughout Alaska. On-site cohorts may also be formed as demand warrants. Students in the program must be self-directed learners, must have access to high speed Internet connections, and must schedule time during the school year to complete weekly intensive practicum assignments and a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. Certification students must receive the approval of the local school district, as extensive practicum experiences are required.
Courses are delivered via audio and online. Students must have access to high speed internet, a speakerphone, a digital camera, a digital video camera, and a scanner.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a general education background from an accredited institution. The program advisors will examine transcripts to determine if the applicant has sufficient background in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health. Applicants who lack sufficient background in one or more of these areas can expect to take additional coursework.
Admission to the graduate certificate program requires the following:
- A completed graduate application and $60 non-refundable admission processing fee
- An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
- Two recommendations on specific forms available from the School of Education.
- A writing sample consisting of two pieces:
- a statement of professional objectives
- an impromptu writing sample (prompt provided by UAS School of Education)
- Praxis CASE/Core test scores must be sent to UAS. Students taking the Praxis outside of Alaska must also have the scores sent to the Alaskan Department of Education and Early Development (code R7027)
- Documentation of successful work with children in an early childhood or elementary school setting
- Signed waiver form to allow potential host teachers access to student application information provided by the School of Education.
- Student information sheet
- Applicants may also be interviewed.
- Content competency in writing, mathematics, social science, science, child development, the arts, physical education, and health are assessed at admission. Candidates may need to take extra undergraduate level coursework if deficient in any area.
Application materials are available at uas.alaska.edu/education.
Praxis II Exam
To successfully graduate from the program, students must pass the Praxis II Elementary Content exam at state approved levels.
For student teaching, the department may limit registration, determine assignments, and prescribe the number of teaching hours required. Six successful credits of student teaching are required. The Program Coordinator reserves the right to require an additional 3-6 credit hours of student teaching for students who fail to meet the standard.
|Minimum Credit Hours||45|
|ED S230||Introduction to Educational Technology||3|
|ED S320B||Physical Education in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED S320E||Health in the K-8 Curriculum||1|
|ED S333||The Learner and the Learning Process||3|
|Select one of the following:||1|
|Art in the K-8 Curriculum|
|Music in the K-8 Curriculum|
|Drama in the K-8 Curriculum|
|ALST S603||Alaska Literature for Young People||3|
|ECE S661||Literacy and Young Children||3|
|ED S615||Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades||3|
|ED S616||Math Methods in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED S617||Science Methods in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED S618||Social Studies in the K-8 Classroom||3|
|ED S619||Classroom Management and Discipline||3|
|ED S621A||Curriculum Development A||1|
|ED S621B||Curriculum Development B||1|
|ED S621C||Curriculum Development C||1|
|ED S680||Perspectives in Multicultural Education||3|
|ED S688||Student Teaching||6|
|EDSE S482||Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities||3|
Recommendation for certification will be granted upon successful completion of the above coursework.
Students are encouraged to complete the remaining coursework required for the M.A.T. degree during their initial years as classroom teachers. For more information, see the MAT Elementary.