Elementary Education, M.A.T.


Dr. Beth Hartley
(907) 244-7807

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 adequate audio/visual technology that allows for effective online audio and visual communication and interaction. Students 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.

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 advisors will examine transcripts to determine if the applicant has sufficient content background in writing, mathematics, social science,  physical and life sciences, child development, the arts, physical education, and health. Applicants who lack sufficient content background in one or more of these areas can expect to take additional coursework.

  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.

Applicants should consult with an advisor for individual program scheduling.

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

Minimum Credit Hours 39
Foundational Courses 12
Major Requirements 39
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 Teaching3-6
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 State-Approved Program Verification Form and graduate certificate.
  3. 3.00 GPA