Elementary Education, M.A.T.


Dr. Katy Spangler
(907) 694-7019

This program is offered to students throughout Alaska who desire the flexibility of an e-Learning program. On-site cohorts may also be formed as demand warrants. Students in this 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 as well as a semester of student teaching in an elementary or middle school. The Graduate Certificate in Elementary Education is embedded in the M.A.T. program. For more information on certification see the graduate certificate section of this catalog. This program leads to a Master’s degree as well as recommendation for an Alaska Initial Elementary (grades K-8) teaching certificate.

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 Director reserves the right to require an additional 3-6 credit hours of student teaching for students who fail to meet the standard.

Application Requirements

  1. A completed graduate application and $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. An official transcript indicating baccalaureate degree and a GPA of 3.00.
  3. Two recommendations addressing professional dispositions for the Elementary program on specific forms provided by the UAS School of Education.
  4. Interested Person Report form completed.
  5. A writing sample consisting of a statement of professional objectives provided by UAS School of Education and an impromptu essay.
  6. Information Release Waiver Statement.
  7. Letter of Support from Local School District. Not required for Anchorage School District or Juneau School District.
  8. Documentation of successful work with children and early classroom experience.
  9. Passing Praxis Core exam results. Scores must be sent to UAS and the Department of Education & Early Development.
  10. Student Information Sheet

Additional information and links to forms at: uas.alaska.edu/education/programs/mat-elem.html.

Applicants should consult with an advisor for individual program scheduling.

Admission Application deadlines.

Fall:August 1
Spring:December 15
Summer:May 1

Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

Minimum Credit Hours51
Foundational Courses9
Major Requirements42
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
ECE S661Literacy and Young Children3
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
ED S680Perspectives in Multicultural Education3
ED S688Student Teaching3-6
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
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:
ED S626Classroom Research3
ED S698Master's Research Project or Portfolio3
Total Credits51

Exit Criteria

  1. A Master’s Portfolio that provides evidence that the student meets all program goals/outcomes.
  2. Official Praxis II exam scores meeting Alaska cut scores are due upon completion of student teaching and are required for issuance of the Institutional Recommendation and graduate certificate.
  3. 3.00 GPA