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1999-2000 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs


Education

School of Education

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Degrees: B.Ed., M.A.T., M.Ed.

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.Ed: 130 credits;
M.A.T.: 36 credits; M.Ed.: 36 credits; Ed.S.: 36 credits;
Post baccalaureate, elementary certification: 48 credits;
Post baccalaureate rural secondary certification: 39 credits;
Post baccalaureate secondary certification: 27 credits;
K-12 certification: 33 credits

UAF, as a residential institution of higher education, 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 highly qualified professionals to teach in urban and rural Alaska and to work with multicultural and minority students, especially Alaska Native students.

The School of Education offers both undergraduate and graduate courses culminating in four degrees: bachelor of education, master of arts in teaching, secondary, master of education and educational specialist, as well as teacher licensure. The school also offers coursework and internship experiences preparing candidates for Alaska state licensure in teaching (Type A), and guidance and counseling (Type C). The UAF School of Education is approved by the Alaska Department of Education to recommend its graduates for Alaska licensure as elementary and secondary teachers and school counselors.

Education programs include programs offered on the Fairbanks campus and rural distance education programs. School of Education faculty hold their academic appointments on the Fairbanks campus and UAF's rural campuses in keeping with the school's commitment to preparing educators for rural Alaska. Courses are available on-site and by distance delivery in Barrow (Ilisagvik), Bethel (Kuskokwim), Dillingham (Bristol Bay), Interior-Aleutians Campus, Kotzebue (Chukchi) and Nome (Northwest), as well as on the Fairbanks campus.

Fairbanks Campus Programs

Fairbanks campus programs include: B.Ed. degree in elementary education, a general education minor, a post-baccalaureate elementary education program, a post-baccalaureate secondary education program, a M.A.T. secondary, M.Ed. and Ed.S. programs.

Students wishing to be licensed for secondary teaching must complete a bachelor's degree in a licensable major or bachelor's degree and meet the content requirements in a licensable subject area before entering the graduate secondary post-baccalaureate program or the secondary M.A.T. degree program for applicants without a teaching license.

Rural Education Programs

Rural education programs are offered through UAF's rural campuses to serve the unique educational needs of Alaska's village residents. Full-time School of Education faculty members coordinate program activities through the regional campuses. Programs available include full-time undergraduate coursework in education for students seeking a B.Ed. degree in elementary education, post-baccalaureate licensure in elementary and secondary education, and graduate courses leading to an M.Ed.

Priority for enrollment in field-based courses is given to students formally admitted to the program, but is available to other students on a space-available basis and with permission of the instructor. Available degree majors, minors and concentration areas are limited by faculty resources.

In addition, the rural program provides supplemental services including workshops, technical assistance and other support services as time and resources permit. All inquiries should be addressed to one of the rural campuses or the Office of Certification and Advising in the Fairbanks School of Education.

Licensure Information

Teaching licenses are issued by the Alaska Department of Education. Students who successfully complete an approved UAF education program meet the academic requirements for Alaska licensure.

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 1989 revised edition. 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.

The state of Alaska requires the completion of 6 credits of approved course work in Alaska Studies and Multicultural education in order to receive an initial five year teaching certificate. A two year provisional certificate can be obtained without the specific course work. Check the Office of Certification and Advising for a current list of approved courses.

Elementary Education

B.Ed., Post-Baccalaureate Licensure

To be recommended for an elementary teaching certificate, a student must complete one of the following options: B.Ed. in elementary education or post-baccalaureate licensure in elementary education. These options are available on the Fairbanks campus and in rural areas. Students admitted to the elementary program may transfer between a rural site and the Fairbanks campus.

The elementary education program is a selective teacher education program. In order to obtain an elementary teaching license, all students (B.Ed. majors and post-baccalaureate) must apply and be admitted to the elementary teacher education program.

Admission to UAF as a degree student majoring in education does not automatically qualify a student for admission to the elementary teacher education program. Admission to the program is based on a comprehensive system that includes more than one measure and is used by the education faculty to assess the personal characteristics, communications and basic skills proficiency of candidates preparing to teach.

Once in the program, there is ongoing professional assessment with two formal reviews which monitor the progress of elementary education students from admission through completion of their professional education program. One review is prior to entry to the professional year (which begins with the methods block) and one prior to entry to student teaching. These reviews include an evaluation of grades, observations, faculty recommendations, demonstrated competence in academic work and recommendations from the appropriate professionals in the schools. Consistent procedures and relevant criteria are used to determine eligibility for student teaching. Systematic approaches are used to assist education students who are making unsatisfactory progress in this program.

In addition to being accepted by UAF, all students wishing to be licensed must formally apply for admission into the elementary education program. For an application and procedures contact the Office of Certification and Advising.

Continuation in these programs is based on satisfactory performance in all areas of the program. A student who fails student teaching or an internship will be exited from the program, and further involvement is dependent upon a reapplication process. See the Office of Practica Experience regarding this procedure.

Admission requirements -- Elementary Program

(B.Ed. major and post-baccalaureate licensure)

1. To be considered for admission to the elementary education program students must:
a. Submit a complete application, including all required transcripts and references, in accordance with deadlines.
b. Students will be chosen for the program based on the following multiple measures which will be weighed and assessed by various means, including but not limited to faculty rating forms, letters of reference, university transcripts, writing samples, and evaluations from university-sponsored practicum placements. The range and balance in these four areas will be considered in a review by the faculty. Questions faculty will ask in this review include:

2. Criteria for entry to elementary education professional year (methods block and student teaching) includes:
a. Acceptance to the elementary education program.
b. Placement information form on file with Elementary Education Office by October 1 to begin the professional year during the spring semester or by February 15 to begin the professional year during the fall semester. Students are admitted for a specific semester, and must reapply if their schedule changes.
c. Completion of 100 credits leading to a bachelor's degree.
d. Completion of all required education courses (except ED 309 or ED 310, ED 411, ED 412W, and 413) and all required math courses, with a minimum grade of "C" in education and math courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7.
e. Approval of Elementary Education Committee to enter the professional year. A maximum of 15 credits per semester is recommended while enrolled in the professional year.
3. Criteria for entry to elementary education student teaching includes:
a. Successful completion of Methods Block.
b. Placement information for student teaching on file with the Office of Practica Experience by October 1 for student teaching in the spring semester or by February 15 for student teaching in the fall semester.
c. Completion of the Student Teacher Authorization Packet (authorization form, fingerprint cards, and money order) submitted to the State Department of Education. State Department of Education staff will complete a criminal background check on all applicants.
d. A completed physical /TB examination.
e. Approval of faculty to enter student teaching. Students who feel they have experience comparable to student teaching may petition to have the requirement reduced or waived. See the Coordinator of the Office of Practica Experience for further information.
f. Students who meet all of the above requirements at another university must complete at least 9 credits in Education courses at UAF.

Admission and degree requirements -- rural program

Students outside the Fairbanks area should contact the rural education program faculty at the nearest UAF rural campus for specific admission and degree requirements.

Undergraduate Program

Major

Elementary Education -- B.Ed. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements. (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete a mathematics course with a "C" grade or better.)
2. Complete the following B.Ed. degree and program (major) requirements:
a. Complete the following humanities requirements:

LING 101 -- Nature of Language (3 credits)
Humanities electives** (6 credits)
b. Complete the following social science requirements:
ANTH 242 -- Native Cultures of Alaska (3 credits)
PSY 101 -- Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 240 -- Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
c. Complete the following:*
MATH 205 -- Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (3 credits)
MATH 206 -- Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II (3 credits)
3. Complete 1 of the following concentrations. Each concentration area must have a minimum of 12 upper division credits (except early childhood). Core requirements (except communication requirements) may be counted toward these concentration areas.
Humanities concentration area

a. Complete credits in one of the following disciplines: Art, English or Music (12 credits)
b. Minimum credits required (30 credits)
Social Science concentration area

a. Complete credits in 1 discipline (12 credits)
b. Minimum credits required (30 credits)
Mathematics and/or Science concentration area

a. Complete credits in 1 discipline (12 credits)
b. Minimum credits required (29 credits)
ESL/Applied Linguistics concentration area

a. Complete the following:

ANS 320W -- Language and Culture: Applications of Alaska (3 credits)
ENGL 317 -- Traditional English Grammar (3)
or ENGL 318 -- Modern English Grammar (3) (3 credits)
ENGL 462 -- Applied English Linguistics (3 credits)
A Language (6 credits)
Approved linguistics courses (6 credits)
b. Minimum credits required (21 credits)
Alaska Native Languages/Bilingual concentration area

a. Complete 1 Alaska Native Language or other world language (16-18 credits)
b. Complete 3 of the following:

ED/LING 303W,O -- Language Acquisitions (3 credits)
ANL 287 -- Teaching Methods for Alaska Native Languages (3 credits)
ANL 288 -- Curriculum and Materials Development for Alaska Native Languages (3 credits)
ANL 315 -- Alaska Native Languages: Eskimo-Aleut (3 credits)
ANL 316 -- Alaska Native Languages: Indian Languages (3 credits)
ANS 320W -- Language and Culture: Applications of Alaska (3 credits)
LING 340W -- Aspects of Bilingualism (3 credits)
LING 410O -- Theory and Methods of Second Language Teaching (3 credits)
LING 450O -- Language, Policy and Planning (3 credits)
c. Minimum credits required (25 credits)
Note: Students who meet requirement for the Native Language Education Certificate (see catalog program section for the Native Language Education program requirements) may substitute the certificate for the ANL/Bilingual concentration area.

Early Childhood concentration area

a. Complete early childhood courses (12 credits)
b. Complete upper-division courses in 1 of the following areas:

Art (6 credits)
Communication (6 credits)
English (6 credits)
Early Childhood (6 credits)
Music (6 credits)
Physical Education (6 credits)
Theatre (6 credits)
c. Minimum credits required (18 credits)
4. Complete the following foundation/theory courses:*
ED 201 -- Introduction to Education (3 credits)
ED 304 -- Literature for Children (3 credits)
ED 330 -- Assessment of Learning (3 credits)
ED 350 -- Communication in Cross-Cultural Classrooms (3 credits)
ED 375 -- The Exceptional Learner (3 credits)
ED 410W -- Foundations of Literacy Development (3 credits)
Education foundation elective (ED/LING 303, ED 345, 346,
380, 385, 422, 440, 450; ANS/ED 420, or ED/JB 486) (3 credits)
Physical education elective (PE 317 or PE/ED 327) (3 credits)
5. Complete ED 429* or a competency assessment to demonstrate educational technology competency prior to enrolling in methods block courses. Contact the Office of Certification and Advising for information on other courses* that may be used to fulfill this requirement.
6. Complete the following methods block courses:*
ED/MUS 309 -- Elementary School Music Methods (3) or
ED 310 -- Modes of Creative Expression in Education (3) (3 credits)
ED 411 -- Strategies for Reading and Writing Instruction in Multicultural Classrooms (3 credits)
ED 412W -- Language Arts and Social Studies: Methods
and Curriculum Development (3 credits)
ED 413 -- Mathematics and Science: Methods and Curriculum Development (3 credits)
7. Complete student teaching:***
ED 452O -- Elementary Student Teaching (12 credits)
(Candidates who have successfully taught full-time in self-contained elementary classrooms may request a reduced student teaching experience. Contact the Office of Practica Experience for further information.)
8. Minimum credits required (130 credits)
* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.

** Students who complete 2 semester-length Alaska Native or foreign language courses (at 5 credits each) by choosing the language substitution option in the Perspectives on the Human Condition core requirements will be allowed to waive 3 of the 6 humanities elective credits required for the B.Ed. degree.

*** A student who fails student teaching will be exited from the program, and further involvement is dependent upon a reapplication process.

Post-Baccalaureate Licensure Program

Post-baccalaureate students who wish to obtain an elementary license should contact the UAF School of Education to obtain course requirements and application procedures for admission to the teacher education program. Students must have completed the necessary prerequisites and have been admitted to the teacher education program prior to acceptance for placement in methods courses and student teaching.

1. Complete the following foundation/theory courses:*

ED 201 -- Introduction to Education (3 credits)
ED 304 -- Literature for Children (3 credits)
ED 330 -- Assessment of Learning (3 credits)
ED 375 -- The Exceptional Learner (3 credits)
ED 410W -- Foundations of Literacy Development (3 credits)
MATH 205 -- Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (3 credits)
MATH elective at the 100-level or above (3 credits)
PSY 240 -- Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
Education foundation elective (ED/LING 303, ED 345,
346, 350, 380, 385, 422, 440, 450, ANS/ED 420, ED/JB 486) (3 credits)
2. Complete ED 429* or a competency assessment to demonstrate educational technology competency prior to enrolling in methods block courses. Contact the Office of Certification and Advising for information on other courses* that may be used to fulfill this requirement.
3. Complete the following methods block courses:*
ED 411 -- Strategies for Reading and Writing Instruction in Multicultural Classrooms (3 credits)
ED 412W -- Language Arts and Social Studies:
Methods and Curriculum Development (3 credits)
ED 413 -- Mathematics and Science: Methods and Curriculum Development (3 credits)
4. Complete ED 452O -- Elementary Student Teaching** (12 credits)
5. Minimum credits required (48 credits)
* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.

** A student who fails student teaching will be exited from the program, and further involvement is dependent upon a reapplication process.

Note: As part of the methods block courses requirement, ED 310 -- Modes of Creative Expression is recommended but not required.

Secondary Licensure -- Rural Program

The Rural Secondary Licensure Program is for non-Fairbanks campus students who already hold a baccalaureate degree in an endorsable teaching subject area.

1. Complete the following foundation/theory courses:*

ED 201 -- Introduction to Education (3 credits)
ED 330 -- Assessment of Learning (3 credits)
ED 375 -- The Exceptional Learner (3 credits)
PSY 240 -- Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
Education foundation elective (ED 345, 346, 350, 380,
450, or ANS 420) (3 credits)
2. Complete the following methods courses:*
ED 402 -- Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School (3 credits)
ED 407 -- Reading Strategies for Secondary Teachers (3 credits)
ED 424 -- Small High School Programs
or ED 425 -- Community as an Educational Resource (3 credits)
ED 430 -- Multicultural Teaching Techniques (3 credits)
3. Complete ED 453O -- Secondary Student Teaching** (12 credits)
4. Minimum credits required (39 credits)
* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.

** A student who fails student teaching will be exited from the program, and further involvement is dependent upon a reapplication process.

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.

Minor

General Education

For those students interested in exploring the possibility of a career in education before beginning the elementary education professional year or the secondary post-baccalaureate program, and for those students who are interested in education but who may not wish to pursue licensure, there is the option of completing a minor in general education that is not linked to licensure or admission to either education program. Students may also elect to take one or more of the following courses according to their own personal interests. The minor consists of the following courses:

1. Complete the following:

ED 201 -- Introduction to Education (3 credits)
ED 299 -- Practicum in Education (3 credits)
ED 350 -- Communication in Cross-Cultural Classrooms (3 credits)
PSY 240 -- Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
Approved education electives* (6 credits)
2. Minimum credits required (18 credits)
* Contact the Office of Certification and Advising for list of approved elective courses.

International Exchange Programs

The Japan Exchange Program is with Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo, Japan. During the one month exchange, UAF students who have completed student teaching will complete a three-week teaching internship in Japanese schools and participate in an orientation and program debriefing at Hokkaido University.

Students interested in these programs are encouraged to begin language study in the appropriate language as undergraduates.

Graduate Program

Fairbanks Campus -- Secondary Post-Baccalaureate Program

The secondary post-baccalaureate program is an intensive classroom-based licensure program that serves baccalaureate graduates and prepares them for secondary (7-12) school positions. The program is especially designed for students who want to teach in either small rural schools or in urban multicultural secondary schools in Alaska. The program operates on a one-year cycle, beginning in the summer. Upon successful completion of a yearlong internship, students will be recommended for an Alaska type A teaching certificate.

You also may complete this licensure program as part of a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree; however, you must apply to the M.A.T. at the beginning of your secondary post-baccalaureate coursework. If you apply only to the secondary post-baccalaureate program and later decide to add an M.A.T. after you have begun your secondary program, then you will only be allowed to transfer half of your post-baccalaureate credits to the M.A.T.

Post Baccalaureate Program

Licensable Subject Areas

Applicants for the post-baccalaureate program must meet credit requirements for licensure in a specific subject as approved by the Alaska Department of Education. Eligible applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a licensable subject area or a bachelor's degree and meet the content requirements in a licensable subject area. Licensable subject areas are: Alaska Native languages, anthropology, art, biological science, chemistry, English, general science, geography, history, mathematics, physics, political science, speech communication, theatre arts, world languages, language arts/humanities (interdisciplinary), social science (interdisciplinary), or math/science (interdisciplinary). The staff of the Office of Certification and Advising will evaluate or will refer applicants to a specific university department to evaluate past degree(s) to determine eligibility.

Application Review Process

Applications are due on January 15 and are reviewed thereafter for admission in the summer semester. Faculty may vote to admit or not admit, or to admit with stipulations. Stipulations are specified when additional development in particular areas is needed before beginning a secondary post-baccalaureate program.

Admissions Requirements

1. Complete the following minimum requirements for admission to the secondary post baccalaureate program:
a. Complete a bachelor's degree in a licensable subject area from an accredited university or bachelor's degree from an accredited university and meet the content requirements for a licensable subject area.
b. Complete at least a 3.0 grade point average ("B" grade) in your undergraduate degree.
c. Complete and submit Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessment in reading, writing and mathematics scores.
d. Complete and submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
e. This is a selective teacher education program. A comprehensive system that includes more than one measure is used to assess the personal characteristics, communication, and basic skills proficiency of candidates preparing to teach. This system includes, but is not limited to, the following multiple measures which will be weighed and assessed by various means, including, a review of transcripts, essays and/or writing proficiency exams, and letters of reference. Faculty may also request a personal interview. The range and balance of these four areas (listed below) will be considered in a review by the faculty. Questions faculty will ask in making admission decisions include: Does the student have ...

f. Once accepted into 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 in the program, be advanced to the secondary teaching internship, or be recommended for a teaching license. In assessing student progress, faculty 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.
g. Specific criteria for entry to the secondary teaching internship are as follows:
* Successful completion of the first semester in the program.
* Placement information for the teaching internship on file with the Office of Practica Experience by April 15.
* A completed TB test.
* Completion of the Student Teacher Authorization Packet (authorization form, fingerprint cards, and money order) submitted to the State Department of Education. State Department of Education staff will complete a criminal background check on all applicants. Submit packet to the UAF Office of Practica Experience by April 15.
* Approval of faculty to enter the Secondary Education Internship. Students who feel they have experience comparable to student teaching may petition to have the requirement reduced or waived. See the Office of Practica Experience regarding eligibility and procedures.
h. Secondary teacher candidates seeking licensure who are interested in the School of Education elementary licensure program should contact the Office of Certification and Advising for details. Students interested in elementary licensure must meet admission requirements for the elementary program.
Application Procedures

1. Complete and submit a UAF graduate application form to the UAF Office of Admissions by January 15.
a. Include three letters of recommendation (these letters should speak to your qualifications for the program and potential as a teacher).
b. Include a 4-5 page statement of your goals indicating why you wish to study in the education program, your qualifications and educational experience.
c. Submit scores on the general Graduate Record Examination.
d. Submit a resume/vita.
e. Provide official transcripts.
2. Submit test scores for the Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessments in reading, writing and mathematics.
Program Requirements

1. Complete the following for secondary licensure:

ED 402 -- Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School (3 credits)
ED 429 -- Computer Applications in the Classroom (3 credits)
ED 490 -- Curriculum Development in Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
ED 614 -- Learning, Development and Special Needs Instruction (3 credits)
ED 657 -- Multicultural Education and School-Community Relations (3 credits)
ED 658 -- Classroom Organization and Management (3 credits)
ED 666 -- Secondary Teaching: School Internship I (3 credits)
ED 667 -- Secondary Teaching: School Internship II (3 credits)
ED 687 -- Alaska: Resources, People and Perspectives (3 credits)
2. Minimum credits required (27 credits)
M.A.T. Degree - Secondary

Prospective teachers with bachelor's degrees may earn a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Admission Requirements

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:
a. Complete a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
b. Meet the requirements for an licensable subject as described under the graduate secondary post-baccalaureate program (licensable subject areas section).
c. Meet other admission requirements listed under the graduate secondary post-baccalaureate program.
Application Procedures

1. See applications procedures listed under the graduate secondary post-baccalaureate program.
Degree Requirements

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 certification; and (2) required subject courses. A student may earn the teaching certification first and finish the M.A.T. degree later within the 7-year limit for master's degree.

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
3. Complete the following M.A.T. degree requirements:
a. Complete 27 credits of education courses required for secondary licensure*. At least 15 credits must be at the 600 level to complete teaching certification.
b. Complete 9 credits in subject area courses at the 600 level. The single subject areas are:
* English/language arts/world languages
* Mathematics
* Science/technology/skills for healthy life
* Humanities and social sciences (geography, government and citizenship, history, arts)
4. Minimum credits required with at least 24 credits at the 600 level (36 credits)
*Selected in consultation with the student's graduate advisory committee.

M.Ed. Degree

Students may earn an M.Ed. in one of four areas of specialization: Cross-Cultural Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, and Language and Literacy. Inquiries concerning options and the specific requirements of each option should be directed to the School of Education, Coordinator of Graduate Programs.

Admission requirements

Applications are due on March 15 and October 1 and are reviewed immediately thereafter 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:
a. Bachelor's degree, minimum of 24 credits of education courses, and a 3.0 grade point average.
b. One year of satisfactory teaching or administrative experience in public schools. Alternative experience may be accepted.
2. Complete the following application procedures:
a. Submit an application form to the UAF Office of Admissions.
b. Submit scores on the general Graduate Record Examination.
c. Submit a 4-5 page essay which describes the applicant's career goals and educational philosophy, and how those goals and philosophy are relevant to the college's mission and the education graduate degree program.
Degree requirements

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the following education department requirements:
a. At least 36 credits must be completed for specializations in Cross-Cultural Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Language and Literacy, and individualized programs with other emphases, and at least 42 credits for Educational Leadership.
b. No more than 9 credits earned before admission to an M.Ed. program may count toward that degree.
c. At least 30 credits must be completed at the 600 level.
d. At least 15 credits must be completed on the Fairbanks campus.
e. A synthesizing paper, to demonstrate mastery of the student's program of study, is required in lieu of the university comprehensive examination requirement.
f. An educational research project (or in some cases a thesis) is required.
3. Complete the following:

ED 601 -- Introduction to Applied Social Science Research (3 credits)
ED 603 -- Field Study Research Methods (3 credits)
ED 689 -- Proseminar in Applied Educational Research** (3 credits)
ED 690 -- Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies (3 credits)
ED 698 -- Research Project (3 credits)
4. Complete 1 of the following:
ED 610 -- Education and Cultural Processes (3 credits)
ED 612 -- Cultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
ED 616 -- Education and Socioeconomic Change (3 credits)
ED 621 -- Cultural Aspects of Language Acquisition (3 credits)
5. Complete the following approved elective credits*
Cross-Cultural; Curriculum/Instruction; or Language/Literacy (18 credits)
Educational Leadership (24 credits)
6. Minimum credits required (36-42 credits)
* Selected in consultation with each student's advisory committee.

** Satisfies requirement for synthesizing paper.

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.

Program Requirements

1. Complete the following Type B requirements:

ED F631 -- Small Schools Curriculum Design (3)
or ED A638 -- Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (UAA) (3) (3 credits)
ED A637 -- Educational Leadership and Organizational Behavior (UAA) (3 credits)
ED A639 -- Social and Political Foundations of Education (UAA) (3 credits)
ED A640 -- School Law and Ethics (UAA) (3 credits)
ED A641 -- Principal Internship (UAA)* (6 credits)
ED A642 -- Principal Seminar I (UAA)* (3 credits)
ED A643 -- Principal Seminar II (UAA)* (3 credits)
2. Minimum credits required (24 credits)
* 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.

Ed.S. Degree

The educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree is designed for teachers and other educators who wish to undertake graduate study beyond the master's degree, who wish to qualify for an intermediate degree between the master's and the doctorate, or who wish to develop further competence in one field of specialization. The focus of this degree program is cross-cultural education or educational leadership.

Under the guidance of the student's graduate committee, each candidate will design a field research project. Students will submit a written report on their findings and will defend the completed project and their conclusions in an oral examination before their advisory committee.

A research design may include the following tools of research: analysis of cumulative records, questionnaires, sociometric techniques, interviews with open-ended questions, analysis of test scores, analysis of textbooks, observation of teaching and administrative techniques, participant observation in the school and community, and rating scales.

Admission requirements

1. Applicants must be experienced educators who have at least three years of professional teaching, counseling or administrative experience.
2. Applicant should have a master's degree in an approved area of study as determined by the education faculty's admissions committee. The committee may recommend provisional admittance subject to elimination of deficiencies.
3. Admission will be contingent upon:
a. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous graduate work.
b. Acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination general test and the advanced test in Education (or permission of admissions committee)
c. A satisfactory review conducted by admissions committee of the education department (may include a personal interview by the committee).
Degree requirements

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
3. Complete at least 36 semester hours beyond the master's degree level. Students may transfer a maximum of 9 hours from another university into their program.
4. Complete at least 30 of the 36 semester hours at the 600-level.
5. Complete requirements of the Ed.S. degree within 7 years.
6. Complete a satisfactory performance on a written and oral comprehensive examination.
7. Complete the following core courses:*

ED 601 -- Introduction to Applied Social Science Research (3 credits)
ED 610 -- Education and Cultural Processes (3 credits)
ED 612 -- Cultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
ED 690 -- Seminar in Cross-Cultural Studies (taken after completion of a minimum of 24 credits of graduate study) (3 credits)
8. Complete the following cross-cultural education specialization courses:*
ED 611 -- Culture, Cognition and Knowledge Acquisition (3 credits)
ED 612 -- Cultural and Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)
ED 615 -- Social Organization of Classrooms and Learning (3 credits)
ED 620 -- Language, Literacy and Learning (3 credits)
ED 689 -- Proseminar in Applied Educational Research (3 credits)
9. Complete approved 600-level electives.*
10. Recommended courses to provide specialization depth:*
ANS 475 -- Alaska Native Social Change (3 credits)
ED 621 -- Cultural Aspects of Language Acquisition (3 credits)
ED 630 -- Curriculum Development (3 credits)
ED 660 -- Educational Administration in Cultural Perspective (3 credits)
11. Field study or internship (6 credits)
12. Minimum credits required (36 credits)
* Courses completed as part of a master's program may not be applied toward the educational specialist degree.

Note: Candidates must have 36 credits for this degree, and a total background of at least 60 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree.


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