Elementary Education K-8 Graduate Certificate


Dr. Beth Hartley
(907) 244-7807

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.

Candidates must secure and submit an active Interested Persons Report (IPR) from a local law enforcement agency in order to begin graduate practicum coursework.  This is required for working with students in public schools.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a general education background from an accredited institution. The program advisor will examine transcripts to determine if the applicant has sufficient background in writing, mathematics, social science, physical and life 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 K-8 Graduate Certificate program requires the following:

  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 School of Education.
  4. A writing sample consisting of two pieces: (a) Statement of professional objectives and (b) An impromptu writing sample (prompt provided by School of Education).
  5. Information Release Waiver Statement.
  6. Documentation of successful work with children and early classroom experience.
  7. Passing Praxis CASE/Core exam 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 & Early Development directly from Education Testing Services (ETS), using code 7027.)
  8. Content competency in writing, mathematics, social science, physical and life sciences, 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.
  9. Applicants may also be interviewed.
  10. Student Information Sheet
Additional information and links to forms at: https://www.uas.alaska.edu/education/programs/elementary-education.html.

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 33
Foundational Courses 12
Major Requirements 33
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
EDSE S482Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3
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 1
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 S620Curriculum Development3
ED S680Perspectives in Multicultural Education3
ED S688Student Teaching6
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.