Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Take the next step in your education and career. If you’ve already completed your bachelor’s degree and wish to earn your certification for teaching, we offer postbaccalaureate certificates in elementary education, secondary education, K-12 art education and special education.

You can earn your teaching license face-to-face or via distance education and online classes, on a schedule that works for you. When you complete the postbaccalaureate program, you’ll be eligible to apply for a teaching certificate or add an endorsement to an existing teaching certificate. You may also add your postbaccalaureate credits toward a Master of Education degree.

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Explore Postbaccalaureate Options at UAF

If you’re interested in gaining certification for teaching or earning a master’s degree, we offer a number of flexible postbaccalaureate program options to get you on track. Read on to learn more about postbaccalaureate certificates and what kinds of opportunities are available to you at UAF.

Postbaccalaureate certification programs at UAF 

Postbaccalaureate in elementary education

This hands-on, yearlong elementary licensure program gives you the opportunity to connect theory and practice in a real-life elementary classroom environment. You can apply 15 hours of your graduate-level coursework toward a 30-hour Master of Education degree.

Postbaccalaureate in secondary education

This intensive 31 credit hour program is offered at both the undergraduate (licensure only) and graduate level. Courses taken at the graduate level will lead to 25 credits toward the Master of Education in Secondary Education. The program offers a fast-track option and can be completed in 1 or 2 years.

Postbaccalaureate in K-12 art education

Gain the skills to effectively teach and promote art to K-12 students. This postbaccalaureate certificate program also gives you the option to pursue licensure only or the graduate licensure and master’s degree track.

Postbaccalaureate in special education

Help students with special needs to achieve their fullest potential. Designed for both practicing teachers and students new to the field, this flexible program provides practical training in the field and has received the Quality Matters Online Program designation.


Why Earn Your Postbaccalaureate Certificate at UAF?

We provide accredited, hands-on teaching certificate programs at an exceptional value to students in Alaska and around the world. These are some of the reasons to choose the University of Alaska Fairbanks for your postbaccalaureate certificate program.

Choose a location and schedule that works for you

You can complete each of the postbaccalaureate programs from anywhere in Alaska—via face-to-face classes in Fairbanks or Anchorage, distance learning or a combination of both. Part-time study options are also available.

Earn your teaching license and master’s degree

Each postbaccalaureate program includes the option to earn a Master of Education degree by completing additional classes and requirements, such as a master’s project or comprehensive exam.

Get specialized training for teaching in Alaska

We are leaders in preparing educators who understand the unique cultural, linguistic and geographic characteristics of Alaska. As part of you field-based training, you’ll work with diverse students in rural and urban communities across the state.

Make connections with school districts across the state

Our partnerships with rural and urban school districts throughout Alaska offer unique opportunities to experience different classroom settings and make new professional connections. Many of our students are offered teaching positions through their field-based studies.



What Can You Do With a Postbaccalaureate Certificate?

Skilled teachers are in high demand, and our program provides specialized training for teaching in Alaska that employers value. As a result, our graduates have an exceptional job placement rate in both rural and urban areas of the state. Some also go on to teaching careers in other parts of the United States and in international schools.

Graduates of the postbaccalaureate program will be eligible to apply for a teaching certificate or add an additional endorsement to an existing teaching certificate.




Get Started on Your Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Take the next step toward earning your teacher certification. We have the resources to help you get started.