2002-2003 UAF Catalog
Degrees and Programs
School of Education(907) 474-7341
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.A: 127 credits;
UAF serves students from all of Alaska as well as from other states and nations. It is particularly committed to enhancing the educational opportunities for Alaska's rural and Native populations.
Through its branch campuses in Bethel, Bristol Bay, Dillingham, Interior-Aleutians, Kotzebue and Nome and its rural education centers, the university is responsive to local and regional needs, including open educational access to its programs. Special strengths exist in the use of educational technology which provides distance delivery of selected programs to many areas of the state.
UAF education programs prepare educators to work in urban and rural Alaska and to work with multicultural and minority students, especially Alaska Native students.
The School of Education offers three degrees: bachelor of arts in elementary education, master of arts in teaching, and master of education. The school also offers post baccalaureate coursework and internship experiences preparing candidates for Alaska state licensure in teaching (Type A).
The UAF School of Education is approved by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development to recommend its students for Alaska licensure as elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors. Education programs include programs offered on the Fairbanks campus and through the branch campus centers. School of Education faculty are located at the Fairbanks campus and at UAF's branch campuses in keeping with the school's commitment to preparing educators for rural Alaska. Courses are available on-site and by distance delivery through the Bethel (Kuskokwim), Dillingham (Bristol Bay), Interior-Aleutians, Kotzebue (Chukchi) and Nome (Northwest) campuses, as well as on the Fairbanks campus. Faculty research in cross-cultural studies, curriculum and instruction, language and literacy, and small rural schools, support the mission of the School of Education.
Priority for enrollment in field-based courses is given to students formally admitted to degree and licensure programs. All inquiries should be addressed to one of the rural campuses or to the School of Education Office of Certification and Advising.
UAF education programs are approved by the Alaska State Board of Education as meeting National Association for State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) standards. For information about these programs contact the Office of Certification and Advising in the UAF School of Education, or contact the rural faculty at the nearest campus.
As of December 1, 1998, the State of Alaska requires that all initial applicants for a regular Type A certificate provide evidence of passing Alaska qualifying scores on the PRAXIS I; Academic Skills Assessment including the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) and/or the Computer-Based Academic Skills Assessment (CBT).
The state of Alaska requires the completion of 3 credits of approved course work in Alaska Studies and 3 credits in multicultural or cross-cultural education in order to receive an initial five-year teaching license. A two-year provisional license can be obtained without meeting this requirement. Contact the Office of Certification and Advising for a current list of approved courses.
The bachelor of arts in Elementary Education is an undergraduate degree program in which students are assessed relative to national and state standards, including NCATE standards, the Alaska Teacher Standards, the Alaska Student Content Standards and the Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools. The degree provides students on the Fairbanks Campus and in rural remote sites with the coursework and classroom experiences necessary to be eligible for an elementary teacher license. The integrated major/minor degree requirements are designed to prepare students to meet standards that recognize, respect and build upon the unique cultural, linguistic and geographic factors specific to the Alaska context.
The degree requirements are interdisciplinary and provide breadth in the content areas necessary for successful teaching at an elementary level and depth in the opportunities to connect theory and practice in a variety of real classroom, school, and community contexts. Students completing this degree benefit from collaborative efforts with academic departments across campus and from School of Education partnerships with a wide range of Alaska's rural and urban schools and districts.
The central components of the degree include: (1) subject area coursework in the designated UAF core requirements; (2) additional subject area coursework in those areas important for successful teaching at an elementary level; (3) an integrated set of education courses and fieldwork experiences in schools and in the community, throughout the program, provide the foundation necessary for a successful professional internship year; and (4) a capstone year-long school internship with a mentor teacher, with concurrent enrollment in professional coursework that focuses on the integration and application of theory, research and practice in real school environments. Students follow the calendar of the school or district in which they complete their internship.
Degree and program requirements include multiple types of on-going assessments throughout the programs. There is a strong emphasis on performance assessment and portfolio development and evaluation relative to national and state standards.
Admission requirements - B.A. degree, Elementary Education
Admission to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as a student seeking a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, provides students with the opportunity to enroll in and complete subject area courses and a series of education courses that provide a foundation for participation in the final Professional Internship year. All students, however, must submit the materials listed below and meet admission requirements as a prerequisite for participation in the Professional Internship year (i.e., prior to enrollment in professional year courses and prior to receiving an internship placement in a classroom). Declaring a B.A. in Elementary Education as one's major does not guarantee acceptance to the Professional Internship year.
Internships begin in August or September on the date when teachers return to school (this varies across districts). Since internship placements are arranged with principals and mentor teachers in the spring, all materials necessary for determining admission to the School of Education must be submitted by February 15. In order to make valid and reliable judgments about each applicant's knowledge, skills and dispositions prior to approval for the year-long internship in a classroom with elementary children, faculty in the School of Education use multiple criteria to make admission decisions.
The following information must be provided to the Office of Certification and Advising in the School of Education by February 15.
1. Transcripts from all institutions attended
1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete the following*: ANTH/SOC 100X, HIST 100X, PS 100X, MATH 107X*, ART/MUS/THR 200X, BIOL 100X or 104X, CHEM 100X or PHYS 115X**. Students who choose the language option to meet core perspectives on the human condition requirements can submit their language credits only for the ENGL/FL 200X and the core ethics requirements.)
f. Complete the following education requirements:*
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each core communications, mathematics and education course.
** If PHYS 115X is completed for the core, a student cannot take PHYS 116X to fulfill the science requirement in the major.
1. Complete the following foundation/theory courses:*
4. Minimum credits required (39 credits)
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
Note: Candidates who have successfully taught full-time in secondary schools may request a reduced student teaching experience. Contact the Office of Practica Experience for further information.
The General Education minor consists of two options. Option A is an education minor designed for students who intend to pursue a license in elementary education at the graduate level. Students who complete the Option A with a grade of C or better for each course, will be allowed to substitute this minor for ED 624, 625 and 626 in the post-baccalaureate Elementary Teacher Partnership Licensure (ETEP) Program available on the UAF campus.
Option B is designed for any student interested in education issues who does not intend to pursue a license in elementary education.
Option B**1. Complete the following:
* Practicum required in each course.
** Practicum may be required in each education course.
*** Contact the Office of Certification and Advising for list of approved elective courses.
The Elementary Teacher Education Partnership (ETEP) program is a graduate level, intensive, year-long program designed to provide students with the coursework and internship experience necessary to meet the Alaska Teacher Standards and be eligible for licensure as a elementary teacher in Alaska. This classroom-based program is built upon the principle of partnership that is a cooperative effort between interns, mentor teachers, and university faculty partners.
Students begin the program in the summer with a 9 credit block of courses. Students who have completed an approved 18 credit undergraduate minor in education can use this to fulfill the summer requirements. During the academic year of the school district, students complete 2 more 9 credit integrated blocks while doing their internship.
At the end of the school year, if students have met all of the program requirements, they will be eligible to apply for an Alaska Type A Elementary License. Students who have completed the Alaska Studies course required by the Alaska Department of Education will be eligible for a five-year license. Others will be eligible for a two-year provisional license.
ETEP interns may choose to complete this licensure program as part of the M.Ed. degree in curriculum and instruction, however, application to the M.Ed. degree program must be made at the beginning of elementary post-baccalaureate coursework to avoid losing credits for the M.Ed. degree.
Admission and Application Information
It is recommended that students submit applications before December 15 to provide time to complete prerequisites if necessary. Applications will be reviewed as submitted. Deadline is March 1.
Admission includes meeting UAF graduate admissions requirements and the School of Education admissions requirements.
School of Education Post-Baccalaureate Elementary Licensure Program Application Process
1. Submit the following directly to the UAF Office of Admissions with a copy to the School of Education:
1. Complete the following for the post-baccalaureate elementary licensure program:
Master's in education degree (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction Options for Post-baccalaureate Elementary Licensure Program Students
Following completion of the year-long, graduate-level ETEP licensure program, ETEP students can pursue an M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Courses are available through UAF by distance delivery and on the Fairbanks campus. Students can enroll in courses throughout the year. Licensure and the master's degree requirements must be met within seven years.
Students who have completed an undergraduate general education minor Option A as part of their ETEP licensure program must complete additional graduate level coursework to receive a master's degree. Please contact the Office of Certification and Advising for additional information.
M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction
1. Complete all graduate-level, post-baccalaureate elementary licensure ETEP program requirements.
Fairbanks Campus -- Secondary Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program with M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction Option
The secondary post-baccalaureate program is an intensive, classroom-based graduate secondary licensure program that prepares baccalaureate graduates for secondary (grades 7-12) teaching positions. The program is specifically designed to prepare students to teach in multicultural settings and rural schools in Alaska. Content that addresses multicultural issues in general, and Alaska rural issues in particular, is contained specifically in ED 657 -- Multicultural Education and School-Community Relations, and is a fundamental component of the coursework within the program. In addition, a rural practicum is required of all secondary interns. Upon successful completion of a yearlong internship and coursework, students will be recommended for a teaching license. The program is accredited by NASDTEC and under NASDTEC standards until 2006.
Students who wish to simultaneously pursue teacher licensure and the M.Ed. curriculum and instruction degree may do so. Significant additional coursework will be required (See M.Ed. degree requirements).
Admissions Process and Requirements
Admission to the secondary post-baccalaureate licensure program includes meeting requirements of both the UAF Graduate School, and the School of Education.
Graduate School Requirements (submit the following directly to the UAF Office of Admissions):
1. UAF graduate application for admission and admission fee.
1. Alaska passing scores from the Praxis I exam in reading, writing and math.
Applications are due on March 1 and are reviewed thereafter for admission in the summer semester. Applications of outstanding students may be considered through spring semester. A student may be admitted, not admitted, or admitted with stipulations. Stipulations are specified when additional development in particular areas is needed before beginning a secondary post-baccalaureate program.
The UAF School of Education will review and evaluate the candidate's qualifications, professional experiences and academic performance based on the contents of his/her application. The secondary post-baccalaureate program is a selective teacher education program. A comprehensive system, that includes more than one measure, is used to assess the personal characteristics, communication skills, and basic skills proficiency of candidates preparing to teach. Multiple assessment measures include a review of transcripts, content area strengths and/or Praxis II scores, personal statement and/or writing proficiency exams, Praxis I and/or GRE exams, and letters of reference. A personal interview will be required as part of the admission process.
Upon Acceptance to the Program
The School of Education has a systematic procedure for monitoring the progress of education students from admission through completion of their professional education program to determine if they should continue the program, be advanced to the secondary teaching internship, and eventually be recommended for a teaching license. In assessing student progress, faculty will review grades, observations, faculty recommendations, demonstrated academic competence, and recommendations from the appropriate professionals in the schools. Systematic approaches are used to assist education students who are making unsatisfactory progress in their programs, but still maintain potential for successful completion.
Specific criteria for entry to the secondary teaching internship are:
* Successful completion of summer program courses.
1. Complete the following for secondary licensure:
M.Ed. Degree -- Curriculum and Instruction
Following the completion of the year-long secondary post-baccalaureate licensure program, students can pursue an M.Ed. degree in Curriculum and Instruction if they choose to do so. Fifteen graduate credits from the secondary post-baccalaureate licensure program can be used to meet the M.Ed. degree Curriculum and Instruction requirements. Courses are available through UAF by distance-delivery and on the Fairbanks campus. Students can enroll in courses during summer and academic years. Program requirements must be met within seven years.
1. Complete all graduate-level, post-baccalaureate licensure program
Prospective teachers with bachelor's degrees may earn a master of arts in teaching.
Applications from prospective teachers are due on January 15 and are reviewed for admission for the following summer term. Faculty may vote to admit, not admit, or admit with stipulations.
1. Minimum requirements for admission to the M.A.T. program are:
1. See applications procedures listed under the graduate secondary
The secondary M.A.T. degree program is for prospective teachers with bachelor's degrees. The degree program consists of two integral parts: (1) post-baccalaureate teacher licensure; and (2) required subject courses. A student may earn the teaching license first and finish the M.A.T. degree later within the 7-year limit for master's degree.
1. Complete the general university requirements.
M.A.T. Degree -- Secondary Licensed Teachers
Licensed teachers with bachelor's degrees may earn a master of srts in teaching.
Applications from prospective teachers are due on January 15 or October 1 and are reviewed for admission for the following term. Faculty may vote to admit, not admit, or admit with stipulations.
1. Complete the following minimum requirements for admission to the
1. Complete and submit a UAF graduate application form to the UAF
Office of Admissions by January 15 or October 1.
1. Complete the general university requirements.
Students may earn an M.Ed. in one of three areas of specialization: Cross-Cultural Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or Language and Literacy. Licensed teachers who wish to add on to their Type A License an endorsement in Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Early Childhood Education, Native Language Education, Reading, or World Language Education, as part of their M.Ed program of study will need to contact the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in the School of Education for specific course requirements.
Applications will be reviewed on March 1 and October 1 for admission in the following semester. Faculty may vote to admit, not admit or admit with stipulations. Stipulations are specified when additional development in particular areas is needed before beginning a graduate degree program.
1. Minimum requirements for admission to the M.Ed. program are:
1. Complete the general university requirements.
5. Minimum credits required (30 credits)
* Completion of course satisfies requirement for synthesizing paper.
Guidance and Counseling M.Ed. degree:
Students may earn an M.Ed. degree in Guidance and Counseling. Refer to the Guidance and Counseling program section of this catalog for more information.
K-12 Reading Endorsement
The UA statewide system offers a K-12 reading endorsement developed as a cooperative effort across the three campuses. The reading endorsement consists of eight courses (seven core, one elective) to be completed in six consecutive semesters. UAF students enrolling in the program enter a cohort that begins together in a summer institute in Fairbanks and continues taking classes in a specific order through the completion of the required 24 credits. The K-12 reading endorsement is granted by UAA. Students may apply these credits to a UAF master of education M.Ed. degree in language and literacy. See the M.Ed. degree for information or contact the UAF School of Education graduate program.
1. Complete the following admission requirements:*
* This requirement may be waived upon approval of endorsement advisor.
Special Education Endorsement and M.Ed. Degree
The University of Alaska Anchorage's Statewide special Education Program offers a 24 credit Special Education Endorsement and a 24 credit M.Ed. in General Special Education or Early Childhood Special Education. UAA serves as the academic home base for this program with faculty members located on all three main University of Alaska campuses. Many courses will be offered both by distance delivery and on campus to provide candidates multiple options for meeting the requirements.
Note: Students must complete an application to the Special Education Program. For further information, please contact the UAA Special Education Program in Anchorage or the UA Special Education program coordinator office on the UAF campus.
Note: For descriptions of UAA courses, see current University of Alaska Anchorage catalog.
Type B License
A new UA systemwide Type B License program for those seeking school administrative licensure has been developed as a cooperative effort across the three campuses, with UAA serving as the academic home base for the program. Based on the current Alaska standards for school administrators, the program will include 4 core courses (3 credits each) and an academic year (2 semesters) internship/seminar for an additional 12 credits. The courses will be offered by distance education and on campus according to the following rotating schedule, so as to provide candidates from various circumstances (rural, urban, full-time, part-time) multiple options for meeting the prerequisite requirements and completing different components of the program in an appropriate sequence and a reasonable time frame.
1. Complete the following Type B requirements:
* Prerequisites are ED A637 (UAA) and ED A640 (UAA).
Note: Courses are offered as follows: ED F631 distance education (spring). ED A637 (fall) and summer (odd years). ED A639 distance education (spring) and summer (even years). ED A640 (spring) and summer (odd years). ED A641, A642 and A643 distance education (fall and spring). ED 638 summer (even years).
Note: Students must complete an application for the Type B program to be reviewed by a statewide admissions committee. For further information please contact the UAA Type B program coordinator office on the UAF campus.
Note: For course descriptions of UAA courses, see current University of Alaska Anchorage catalog.
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Degree
Students wishing to further their education beyond a master of education degree may pursue an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree. For more information, refer to the program section on Interdisciplinary Studies -- Ph.D. degree.
Title II mandated annual report on
Note: Total number of teacher preparation students enrolled during 1999-2000: 278. Number of students who were in programs of supervised student teaching during academic year 1999-2000: 93. Total number of supervising faculty for the teacher preparation program during 1999-2000:14. The student/faculty ratio was 6.6.
Note: The number of hours per week required of student participation in supervised student teaching in these programs was: 32-40 hours. The total number of weeks of supervised student teaching required is 12-18. The total number of hours required is 480-576 hours. (First number = student teachers; second number = interns.)
Note: Information about state approval or accreditation of teacher preparation programs: Is the UAF teacher preparation program currently approved or accredited by the state? Yes.
Note: Is the UAF teacher preparation program currently under a designation as "low-performing" by the state (as per section 208 (a) of the HEA of 1998)? No.