Secondary Education Graduate Certificate

Juneau, e-Learning

Contact: Mischa Jackson
(907) 796-6076

The Graduate Certificate program for Secondary and Middle Grades Education (grades 6-12) is an intense 11-month program for students who are seeking certification in secondary and middle grades education. Applicants to this program should have an undergraduate degree in a subject normally taught in Alaska secondary schools (e.g. English, social studies, mathematics, sciences, art, music). A total of 24 graduate credits are required. To be considered in the first round for the upcoming program, candidates must apply by April 1st and submit all application materials by May 1st. A secondary review of applicants will be completed in an ongoing manner based on available space in the program.

This graduate certificate program is designed for teacher candidates who have already earned master’s degree or have experience teaching. It requires a full time, year-long internship in an Alaskan middle school or secondary school.

Admissions Requirements

  1. UAS Graduate Application ($60 fee)
  2. Transcripts from all universities attended with a Cumulative GPA:  3.0 minimum 
  3. Two recommendation forms addressing Academic Content and Professional Dispositions
  4. Student Information Sheet
  5. Information Release Waiver Statement
  6. Statement of Professional Objectives
  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 and Early Development (code R7027).

    Note: students must pass the Praxis CASE/Core exam prior to admission
  8. A passing Praxis II content area exam score must be sent to UAS before students can be fully admitted to this program. Students taking the Praxis out of state must also have the scores sent to the Alaskan Department of Education and Early Development (code R7027).

    Note: students must pass the Praxis II content area exam prior to admission. Students with questions about which Praxis II exam to take should contact Mischa Jackson.
  9. Students must complete a transcript evaluation form to be reviewed by faculty prior to admission.  (If there are content deficiencies, the student will be advised to defer enrollment. )
  10. Student Teaching Authorization
  11. Scheduled interview with faculty, either face to face or through web conference.  The admissions interview will be conducted by UAS supervision faculty in alignment with subject area disciplines.

In order to meet the criteria for teaching experience, applicants must provide documentation (evaluations, employment verification,  lesson plans etc.)  from a teaching position in a private school, an outdoor or experiential education program or an international school.  Substitute teaching or early childhood experience does not apply.   The documentation should demonstrate that the applicant planned for instruction,  facilitated learning and completed all duties related to the teaching assignment. 

Additional information and links to forms at:

Minimum Credits24
ALST S600Alaska Resources, People and Perspectives3
ED S620Curriculum Development3
ED S680Perspectives in Multicultural Education3
ED S691Internship: (Education Internship) 13
ED S692Education Seminar 13
EDSE S682Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities3

 Two semesters required for total 6 credits.

Articulate, maintain, and develop a philosophy of education that they also demonstrate in practice.

Understand how human development affects learning and apply that understanding to practice.

Differentiate instruction with respect for individual & cultural characteristics.

Possess current academic knowledge of their content area and utilize its core concepts, tools of inquiry, and teaching strategies in practice.

Facilitate learning by using assessment to guide planning, instruction, and modification of teaching practice.

Create and manage a stimulating, inclusive, and safe learning community in which students take intellectual risks and work independently and collaboratively.

Work as partners with parents, families, and the community.

Develop and maintain professional, moral, and ethical attitudes, behaviors, relationships, and habits of mind.

Use technology effectively, creatively, and wisely.