Elementary Education

Bachelor's Degree Program

The bachelor’s in elementary education is a hands-on program that prepares you for high-demand teaching careers in Alaska and across the country. Numerous fieldwork experiences, including a year-long internship, complement coursework in a wide range of content areas. Our program also integrates resources, knowledge and experiences unique to Alaska—offering unique insights and training specific to the geographic and cultural context of our state.

With close connections to school districts across the Alaska, and a team of expert advisors to guide your every step, we provide the breadth of opportunities and personal support to take you where you want to go. Count on finding a job when you graduate, or even sooner. Many of our students are offered teaching positions while still in school.

You can complete the elementary education degree, including the internship, from anywhere in Alaska.

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Why Study Elementary Education at UAF?

Find out why UAF is one of the top colleges for elementary education in Alaska. These are some of the ways that earning your bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will set you up for success.

Get a year of teaching experience before you start your job

  • We believe it’s important to understand who your students are, and where they live. A year-long capstone school internship, guided by a mentor teacher, provides experience working with different schools and different grade levels.
  • Each class of the elementary education degree also includes a fieldwork component to provide the foundation for a successful professional internship year.

Earn your bachelor’s degree from anywhere in Alaska

  • The elementary education degree is available at our main campus in Fairbanks, Alaska, in Anchorage and by distance delivery to all areas of the state.
  • Highly interactive online classes include video-based observations and real-time peer feedback.

Prepare for state and national teaching requirements

  • We are leaders in preparing educators to serve the unique cultural, linguistic and geographic factors specific to Alaska.
  • All requirements for the degree in elementary education are designed to align with the national standards of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

Benefit from professional connections in the community

  • Majors in elementary education benefit from collaborative efforts with academic units at UAF and from School of Education partnerships with a wide range of Alaska’s rural and urban schools and districts.

Learn from faculty who understand elementary teaching

  • Our elementary education faculty are current or former teachers who understand the unique challenges of teaching in Alaska. Most still hold teaching licenses.

 

What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education?

Our graduates are successful teachers in rural and urban school districts across Alaska. Some also go on to teach elementary education in other parts of the country and even in international schools. Almost all of our elementary education majors find teaching jobs within a year of graduation, and many are offered positions through our internship and field placement programs.

Career outlook for elementary education majors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7% from 2016 to 2026.

What grades can you teach with an elementary degree?

The bachelor’s degree in elementary education at UAF prepares you to teach kindergarten through grade eight.

Elementary education salaries

According to recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers in Alaska earn an average salary of $74,070. This is considerably higher than the median salary nationally, which is $58,230.

 

 

Get Started on Your Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education

Take the next step toward earning your degree in elementary education. We have the resources to help you get started.