B.A., Elementary Education (K-8)

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in elementary education degree program are assessed relative to national and state standards, including National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards, the Alaska Teacher Standards, the Alaska Student Content and Performance Standards, and the Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools. Course work provides students on the Fairbanks campus and in remote sites with the experience necessary to be eligible for an elementary teacher license. The integrated major/minor degree requirements are designed to prepare students to meet standards that recognize, respect and build upon Alaska’s cultural, linguistic and geographic factors. Completion of the B.A. in Education will meet the requirements for a major and minor.

The interdisciplinary degree requirements provide breadth in the content areas necessary for successful teaching at an elementary level. They provide depth in the opportunities to connect theory and practice in real classroom, school, and community contexts. Students completing this degree benefit from collaborative efforts with academic departments across campus and from School of Education partnerships with a wide range of Alaska’s rural and urban schools and districts.

The degree has four central components:

  1. subject area course work in the designated UAF general education requirements;
  2. additional subject area course work in those areas important for successful teaching at an elementary level;
  3. an integrated set of education courses and fieldwork in schools and the community to provide the foundation for a successful professional internship year; and
  4. a capstone year-long school internship with a mentor teacher, with concurrent enrollment in professional course work that focuses on the integration and application of theory, research and practice in real school environments. Students follow the calendar of the school or district in which they complete their internship. Candidates serving internships are charged a $150 fee per semester.

Degree and program requirements include multiple types of on-going assessments throughout the programs. There is a strong emphasis on performance assessment and portfolio development and evaluation relative to national and state standards.

B.A. in elementary education students should enroll in the School of Education’s recommended sequence of core and major course requirements during their first two years. By following the sequence recommended in Transition One (see School of Education website), students will be knowledgeable about their status relative to their progress toward meeting the criteria for admission to the professional internship year. To make certain that students will be able to receive the support necessary to prepare for the internship year, all B.A. in Elementary Education students are required to submit Praxis I or Praxis ASE scores (passing scores are not required until applying to the internship year) to the School of Education prior to enrolling in EDSE F316, and Praxis II (test 5014 or 5018) test scores must be submitted with the Intern Year Admission packet. Prior to enrollment in professional-year courses and prior to receiving an internship placement in a classroom, all students must submit the materials listed below and meet admission requirements as described in Transition Two. Declaring a B.A. major in elementary education does not guarantee admission to the professional internship year.

Internships begin in August or September on the date when teachers return to school (this varies across districts). Since internship placements are arranged with principals and mentor teachers in the spring, all materials necessary for determining admission to the School of Education must be submitted by Feb. 1. Faculty in the School of Education consider multiple criteria in making valid and reliable judgments about each applicant’s knowledge, skills, and professional characteristics prior to approval for the year-long internship in a classroom with elementary children.

Students must submit the following information to the School of Education by Feb. 1:

  1. Copies of transcripts from all institutions attended.
 Evidence of plan of completion of all B.A. degree in elementary education degree courses by August 1st (except for those required in the Professional Internship Year), with a minimum of a 2.75 overall GPA, a 2.0 in each major academic area, and a C or better in all required courses. Students with less than a 2.75 overall GPA may be considered for conditional admission in special circumstances.
  2. Official copies of ACT or SAT scores.
  3. Alaska Passing scores from the Praxis I or Praxis Core ASE exams in reading, writing and math, and Praxis II exam (test 5014 or 5018).
  4. Two letters of reference that address qualifications and potential as a teacher.
  5. A current and complete resume/curriculum vitae.
  6. Two one-page essays on topics determined by the School of Education.
  7. Completed Elementary Teacher Education Academic Analysis and Life/Work Form to provide information on breadth and depth of prior course work and/or documented life experiences relative to ten Alaska Student Content Standard areas.
  8. A one-to-two-page autobiographical sketch (appropriate for presenting to prospective principals and mentor teachers).
  9. Extemporaneous writing sample. Contact the School of Education advising office for date, time and location information.
  10. Evidence of successful experiences in teaching and learning situations.
  11. Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and respectfully in cross-cultural contexts.
  12. Completed Alaska Student Teacher Authorization Packet (including fingerprint cards and criminal background check. Forms are available from the School of Education).
  13. Complete an interview, when requested.
  14. Some school districts may require interns to pass a general physical exam and require additional shot records.

Note: Students are admitted for a specific academic year and must reapply if they do not enroll in the year in which they were reviewed.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 128 credits

Students must earn a C grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.
As part of the general education requirements, complete:
ANTH F100XIndividual, Society and Culture3
or SOC F100X Individual, Society and Culture
HIST F100XModern World History3
ECON F100XPolitical Economy3
or PS F100X Political Economy
MATH F122XPrecalculus for Business and Economics3
or MATH F151X College Algebra for Calculus
ART/MUS/FLPA F200XExplorations in Art3
BIOL F100XHuman Biology4
or BIOL F103X Biology and Society
or BIOL F104X Natural History of Alaska
CHEM F100XChemistry in Complex Systems4
or PHYS F115X Physical Sciences
B.A. Degree and Program Requirements
Mathematics Requirements
MATH F211Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH F212Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
Science Requirement
Select one from the following:4
Weather and Climate of Alaska
Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography
The Dynamic Earth
Glaciers, Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Past, Present and Future
Social Sciences Requirements
ANTH F242Native Cultures of Alaska3
ED/PSY F245Child Development3
GEOG F101XExpedition Earth: Introduction to Geography3
HIST F131History of the U.S.3
HIST F461History of Alaska3
or HIST F115 Alaska, Land and Its People
Humanities Requirements
ED/LING F100Language, Education, Linguistics3
or LING F101X Nature of Language
ED F329Teaching with Technology3
ED F486Media Literacy3
Select one from the following:3
Technical Writing
Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Magazine Article Writing
Education Requirements
ED F110Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century1
ED F201Introduction to Education3
ED F204Literature for Children3
EDSE F316Introduction to Special Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers3
EDSE F320Adapting and Accommodating Instructions for Students with Disabilities3
ED F330Assessment of Learning3
ED F344Foundations of Literacy Development3
Select one from the following:3
Communication in Cross-Cultural Classrooms
Alaska Native Education
Native Ways of Knowing
Professional Internship Year with Integrated Course Work
First Semester
ED F411Reading, Writing, Language Arts: Methods and Curriculum Development3
ED F412Integrated Social Studies and Language Arts: Methods and Curriculum Development3
ED F466Internship and Collaborative Student Teaching 13
ED F467Synthesizing the Standards I2
ED F478Math Methods and Curriculum Development3
ED F479Science Methods and Curriculum Development3
Second Semester
ED F414Art, Music and Drama in Elementary Classrooms3
ED F417Physical and Health Education for Elementary Teachers3
ED F468Internship and Student Teaching 14
ED F469Synthesizing the Standards II2
ED F476Assessment of Literacy Development1
Total Credits112
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 Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.