Elementary Education

Master’s Degree Program (M.Ed.)

Earn your master’s in elementary education from anywhere in Alaska. You can also become a certified elementary teacher in one year and continue working on your master's degree while you are employed in your own classroom. This program gives you maximum flexibility, and specialized training to teach in rural and urban Alaska.

Our master’s in elementary education (with K-8 teacher certification) is grounded in local knowledge and experience. That means you’ll gain a deeper understanding of who your students are and where they live, growing your skills as a teacher in the process. You’ll also have a variety of opportunities to apply your learning in the classroom, through fieldwork experiences and an internship guided by a mentor teacher.

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Why Earn Your Master’s in Elementary Education at UAF?

Earning your elementary education master’s degree is a great way to advance your professional skills and your earning potential. Read on to find out why the University of Alaska Fairbanks offers one of the best elementary education master’s programs in the state.

Develop specialized skills for teaching in Alaska

  • The elementary education master's program prepares you to work in urban and rural Alaska with multicultural and minority students. An emphasis is placed on Alaska Native learning and knowledge.

Earn your master’s degree from anywhere in the state

  • The master’s degree in elementary education can be completed face-to-face in Fairbanks and Anchorage, via distance learning or a mix of both.

Build professional connections in the local community

  • UAF and the School of Education has partnerships with a wide range of Alaska’s rural and urban schools districts, offering unique opportunities for professional development and networking.

Learn from faculty who are also practicing teachers

  • Our faculty are current and former elementary school teachers—most of whom still hold teaching licenses. Small classes allow for closer supervision and more personal attention.



What Can You Do With a Master’s in Elementary Education?

Our graduates are kindergarten and elementary school teachers in rural and urban school districts across Alaska. Some find jobs in other parts of the country, or in international schools. Many of our graduates are offered positions through our internship and fieldwork opportunities.

In addition to developing your teaching skills and potentially boosting your salary, earning your master’s degree opens up additional opportunities for school leadership, career advancement and community engagement.

Master’s in elementary education salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary school teachers in Alaska earn an average salary of $74,070. This significantly exceeds the national average for this job, which is $58,230. Earning your master’s degree will help position you for a top earning career.



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