|2004-2005 UAF Catalog|
School of Education
Minimum Requirements for M.Ed.: 30 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 rural campuses, 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 a master of education, and post baccalaureate course work 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 several 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 Kuskokwim (Bethel), Bristol Bay (Dillingham and Naknek), Interior-Aleutians (Unalaska and rural education centers throughout the Interior), Chukchi (Kotzebue) and Northwest (Nome) 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 rural 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’s Student Services Office.
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 Student Services Office 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 School of Education’s Student Services Office for a current list of approved courses.
Elementary Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program
Offered through the Elementary Teacher Education Partnership (ETEP) program in Fairbanks and through the Rural Educator Preparation Partnership (REPP) program through distance delivery, the elementary teacher post-baccalaureate program is an intensive, year-long program designed to provide students with the course work and internship experience necessary to meet the Alaska Teacher Standards and be eligible for licensure as an elementary teacher in Alaska. This classroom-based program is built upon the principle of partnershipa cooperative effort between interns, mentor teachers, and university faculty partners. Students have the option of completing the program at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Students choosing the graduate option begin the program in the summer with a 9-credit block of courses. Students who complete the undergraduate courses ED 110, 201, 330, 410, and EDSE 482 can use these to fulfill the summer requirements. During the academic year of the school district, all students complete two semesters of integrated university courses and internship.
At the end of the school year, if students have successfully 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 and the Multicultural Education/Cross-Cultural Communication courses 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.
Elementary applicants who apply as graduate-level licensure students 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 should be made at the beginning of elementary post-baccalaureate course work to avoid losing credits for the M.Ed. degree. (See M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction option requirements.)
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 both UAF graduate admissions requirements and the School of Education admissions requirements.
Submit the following directly to the UAF Office of Admissions with a copy to the School of Education:
Submit the following information directly to the School of Education:
Secondary Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program with M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction Option
Offered in Fairbanks or by distance delivery through the Rural Educator Preparation Partnership Program (REPP), this is an intensive, classroom-based secondary licensure program (33 credits) that prepares post-baccalaureate candidates for secondary (grades 7-12) teaching positions. The program is specifically designed to prepare candidates to teach in multicultural settings in Alaska. Content that addresses multicultural issues in general, and Alaska rural issues in particular, is contained specifically in EDSC 657, Multicultural Education and School-Community Relations, and is a fundamental component of the course work within the program. In a year when funding is available, a rural practicum is required of all secondary candidates completing their program. Upon request and successful completion of a yearlong internship, course work and state of Alaska licensure requirements, candidates are recommended for a teaching license. Candidates who have completed a state of Alaska approved Alaska studies course will be eligible for a five-year Type A license. Others will be eligible for a two-year Type A provisional license. The program is accredited by NASDTEC and under NASDTEC standards until 2006.
Candidates who apply as graduate applicants may simultaneously pursue teacher licensure and the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction degree. Significant additional course work will be required. (See requirements for M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction secondary option.)
Admissions Process and Requirements
Admission to the graduate level secondary post-baccalaureate licensure program with M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction option for secondary education candidates includes meeting requirements of the UAF Graduate School and the School of Education. Graduate candidates will take five of the licensure courses at the graduate (600) level.
Submit the following information directly to UAF Office of Admission
Submit the following information directly to the School of Education
Application Review Process
Applications are due on March 1 and are reviewed thereafter for admission in the summer semester. Applications of outstanding candidates may be considered through spring semester. A candidate may be admitted, not admitted, or admitted with stipulations. Stipulations are specified when additional development in particular area(s) is needed before beginning a secondary post-baccalaureate program.
The UAF School of Education coordinates the review and evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications, professional experiences and academic performance with appropriate academic departments based on the contents of his/her application. The secondary post-baccalaureate program is a selective teacher education program. A comprehensive system including 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 exam scores, 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 candidate progress in knowledge, skills and disposition, 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 candidates who are making unsatisfactory progress in their programs, but still maintain potential for successful completion.
Specific criteria for entry to the secondary teaching intern-ship are:
*Candidates must take the section or course that corresponds with their major teaching content areas.
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.
Minimum requirements for admission to the M.Ed. program are:
Complete the following application procedures for the UAF Graduate School:
* Completion of course satisfies requirement for synthesizing paper.
M.Ed. DegreeCurriculum and InstructionElementary Option
Following completion of the year-long, post-baccalaureate elementary licensure program, 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 licensure program must complete additional graduate level course work to receive a master’s degree. Please contact the School of Education Student Services Office for additional information.
M.Ed. DegreeCurriculum and InstructionSecondary Option
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.
*At least 30 credits must be at the 600-level
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.
Master of Education in Language and Literacy with K-12 Reading Endorsement
K-12 Reading Endorsement Only
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 a rotating schedule (see note below), so as to provide candidates from various circumstances (rural, urban, full-time, part-time) multiple options for meeting the prerequisites and completing different components of the program in an appropriate sequence and a reasonable time frame.
* Prerequisites are ED A637 (UAA) and ED A640 (UAA).
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 StudiesPh.D. degree.
Title II Mandated Annual Report on Teacher Education
Total number of teacher preparation students enrolled during 2001-2002: 224
Number or students in programs of supervised student teaching academic year 2001-2002: 97
Total number of supervising faculty during 2001-2002: Seven appointed full-time faculty in professional education; two appointed part-time faculty in professional education and full-time in the institutuion; 11 appointed part-time faculty not otherwisde employed by the institution.
Total number of supervising faculty: 20
The ratio of student teachers/interns to supervising faculty was 4.9
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)
Information about state approval or accreditation of teacher preparation programs: