UAF School of Education in the News

Pending School of Education
Move Will Not Affect Our Students

    November 15, 2017

      In July, the School of Education will move to
      become part of a UAF College.
      This move, while significant to UAF,
      will not impact our students.
      Students will still enroll, faculty will teach,
      advisors will advise and students will
      graduate with UAF education degrees
      and certificates.
      If you would like more information about
      this move, then please contact the
      School of Education.

School of Education Faculty at ICASS IX

September 22, 2017

Five School of Education faculty presented their research at the ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences at Sweden’s Umeå University in June. More than 800 scientists, researchers and stakeholders representing 24 nations attended the event.

Ute Kaden presented “Preparing GeoStem Teachers for the Arctic Region,” the results of a three-year NSF project to increase the number and diversity of STEM teachers in Alaska. Kaden and Joanne Healy also presented results from their NSF teacher-retention grant. Teacher retention rates (2009-2013) vary widely over time, showing no significant trends in Arctic Alaska Native communities. Results confirm that teacher turnover in rural districts is higher than in urban school districts. Teacher retention and attrition are multidimensional issues requiring better communication patterns and shared responsibilities between rural school districts, local administrators, teachers, community members and university-based teacher preparation programs.

Jerry Lipka chaired a session and presented “The Center and the Beginning of Everything: Mathematics Emerging from Indigenous Knowledge,” which connected Yupiaq epistemology and spatial-locomotive systems with standards-based mathematics instruction.

Sean Topkok presents during the June 9 opening plenary on education’s role in the Arctic. Photo by Joanne Healy.

Sean Topkok presented a plenary session titled, “What Is the Role of Education and Education Research in Advancing Understandings of the Arctic?” Topkok also presented on cultural atlases as a pedagogical tool.

Douglas Cost presented on a research project called “Arctic Futures Makers,” which engaged Northwest Arctic Borough high school students in thinking about their and their communities’ health, resilience and futures to 2040.

ICASS X will take place at Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Archangelsk, Russia.

UAF School of Education recognized by national organization
The National Council on Teacher Quality has ranked the elementary education program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks among the best in the United States. The Washington D.C.-based think tank ranked UAF in the 99th percentile among undergraduate programs that prepare elementary teachers, weighing factors such as admissions, content knowledge and quality of practice opportunities. More details about the rankings are available at

School of Education 

The School of Education (SOE) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty and staff strive to model, in their interactions with candidates at both the preservice and graduate levels, the three critical characteristics that our candidates embody when they leave the program: professional, culturally responsive, and effective. These characteristics form the basis for our graduates’ continued professional development and the formation of healthy and respectful relationships with their students, families and communities in which they live and work.

In this spirit, the School of Education is committed to preparing and retaining the best possible K-12 educators for this far north, geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse state. View video testimonials

Alaska Native People

“Our people used to come to this hill to pick troth. They would paddle up the creek, Troth Yeddha’ No’, and camp by the lake, Troth Yeddha’ Mene’. Troth Yeddha’ was an important meeting place. The grandfathers used to come to talk and advise one another. When they learned this place would be used for a school, the university, they came here one last time. They decided that the school would be good and would carry on a similar traditional use of the hill. The hill would continue being a place where thinking and working together would happen.”
—   Chief Peter John of Minto, 1994 Rural Student Summit, UAF

From a high point on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, visitors see a panorama of the central Tanana River valley and Alaska Range. Athabascan residents of Interior Alaska enjoyed that panorama for many millennia. The ridge called Troth Yeddha’ served as a place to meet and survey the inspiring place in which they lived.That legacy continues in modern times as the university brings people together and inspires them to follow pathways to knowledge. 

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Physical Address: UAF School of Education, 7th Floor Gruening Building, 314 Cooper Dr., Fairbanks, AK 99775
Mailing Address: UAF School of Education, Box 756480, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6480
Department Email: Fairbanks Tel: 907-474-7341, Department Fax: 907-474-5451
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UAF's educator preparation programs in the School of Education have been nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), since 2011. NCATE has merged with another accrediting agency, and now those two organizations make up CAEP. As part of UAF’s re-accreditation process, the School of Education is required to solicit third-party comment on the quality of its programs.

All interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting CAEP team. Please see our accreditation page for more information:  SOE Accreditation



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