Elementary Education K-8 Graduate Certificate


Dr. Katy Spangler
(907) 694-7019

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.

Application Requirements

Admission to the graduate certificate program requires the following:

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 non-refundable admission processing fee
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00
  3. Two recommendations on specific forms available from the School of Education.
  4. A writing sample consisting of two pieces:
    1. a statement of professional objectives
    2. an impromptu writing sample
  5. Official Praxis Core test scores
  6. Letter of support from local school district administration (except those in the Anchorage and Juneau School Districts.)
  7. Documentation of successful work with children in an early childhood or elementary school setting
  8. Signed waiver form to allow potential host teachers access to student application information provided by the School of Education.
  9. Student information sheet
  10. Applicants may also be interviewed.
  11. 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, Test 5014.

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 Hours45
Foundational Courses9
Major Requirements36
Foundational Courses
ED S230Introduction to Educational Technology3
ED S320BPhysical Education in the K-8 Curriculum1
ED S320EHealth in the K-8 Curriculum1
ED S333The Learner and the Learning Process3
Select one of the following:1
Art in the K-8 Curriculum
Music in the K-8 Curriculum
Drama in the K-8 Curriculum
Major Requirements
ALST S603Alaska Literature for Young People3
ED S615Literacy in the Intermediate and Middle School Grades3
ED S616Math Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
ED S617Science Methods in the K-8 Classroom3
ED S618Social Studies in the K-8 Classroom3
ED S619Classroom Management and Discipline3
ED S621ACurriculum Development A1
ED S621BCurriculum Development B1
ED S621CCurriculum Development C1
ECE S661Literacy and Young Children3
ED S680Perspectives in Multicultural Education3
ED S688Student Teaching6
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
Total Credits45

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.