Secondary Education

Bachelor's Degree Program

Prepare for exciting teaching opportunities across the state and around the world when you earn your bachelor’s in secondary education at UAF. With this degree, you’ll graduate with a dual major—a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in an approved academic subject area of your choosing, and professional education licensure. An advisor will help plan a course sequence based on your needs.

Your education will include a yearlong teaching internship guided by a mentor teacher, and a variety of field experiences that build on the coursework. By the time you graduate, you’ll already have a year of classroom teaching experience. This hands-on training, in addition to our strong connections with school districts across the state, help to set our graduates apart in the job market.

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

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Why Study Secondary Education at UAF?

UAF is the only University of Alaska institution that offers a Bachelor of Arts program in secondary education. Not only is our program unique, it’s specially designed to provide training specific to the geographic and cultural context of Alaska. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of who your students are, and where they live—knowledge to prepare you for rewarding, high-paying careers in Fairbanks and across the state.

These are some of the reasons that UAF is one of the best colleges for secondary education majors in Alaska.

Get a year of hands-on teaching experience

  • Our secondary education program features a yearlong internship that gives you the opportunity to work with different schools and grade levels. The internship is guided by a mentor teacher.
  • Numerous fieldwork experiences are built into the program, giving you the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real-world situations and prepare for a successful internship year.

Earn your bachelor’s degree and initial teaching license from anywhere in Alaska

  • The degree in secondary education at UAF is offered on-site at our main campus in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in Anchorage. The program is also available through distance delivery to all areas of the state.
  • Online classes are highly interactive and collaborative, and feature video-based observations and real-time peer feedback.

Learn from expert teachers and mentors

  • Our secondary education faculty are current or former teachers who understand what it’s like to teach high school, and what’s necessary to excel in Alaska.

Make connections in the community

  • Majors in secondary 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.

 

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

Our graduates teach secondary education in public and private schools across Alaska. They are teachers in large cities and remote villages. Some teach in other parts of the country or in international schools. What they all have in common is a dedication to their students’ success, and a hands-on college education that prepares them to succeed from day one on the job.

Career outlook for secondary education majors

Secondary education teachers are in high demand—in Alaska and across the United States. Almost all of our secondary education majors have teaching jobs within a year of graduation. Many more are offered positions even before they graduate, through our internship and fieldwork programs.

What grades can you teach with a secondary education degree?

The bachelor’s degree in secondary education at UAF prepares you to teach grades 7 through 12.

Secondary education salaries

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alaska is one of the top paying states in the nation for secondary education teachers, with an average annual wage of $77,920.

 

 

Get Started on Your Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education

Take the next step toward earning your degree in secondary education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We have the resources to help you get started.