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 (by arrangement with the program coordinator only). 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 30-33
Foundational Courses 12
Major Requirements 30-33
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 Teaching 23-6
Total Credits42-45

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.


Credit hours for student teaching are determined by candidate's situation and must be approved by the program coordinator.

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.

InTASC Standard #1 Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences. 

InTASC Standard #2 Learning Differences: The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

InTASC Standard # 3 Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

InTASC Standard #4 Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

InTASC Standard #5 Application of Content: The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

InTASC Standard #6 Assessment: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

InTASC Standard #7 Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

InTASC Standard #8 Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

InTASC Standard #9 Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

InTASC Standard #10 Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.