B.A., Secondary Education (7-12)

The requirements for a secondary school teaching certificate include completion of both a teaching major in an academic subject area appropriate to the secondary school and the professional education sequence. The degree is awarded as a B.A. with a double major. Upon declaration of a major in secondary education, students are assigned an advisor in the Education Department to plan the completion of the teaching major and the education sequence of courses.

The teaching major must be in an academic subject area approved for a State of Alaska secondary school teaching certificate and available as a B.A. degree: art, biology, chemistry, earth science, English, French, German, history, mathematics, political science or Spanish.

Transition/Admission Requirements

Declaring a B.A. major in secondary 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. 15. 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 secondary children.

Students must submit the following information to the School of Education by February 15:

  1. Copies of transcripts from all institutions attended.
Evidence of plan of completion of all B.A. degree in secondary education degree courses and completion of the majority of the content major requirements by August 1st (except for those required in the Professional Internship Year), with a minimum of a 2.75 overall GPA.
  2. Three current letters of reference that address qualifications and potential as a teacher.
  3. A personal statement of 500-800 words addressing motivation to enter the teaching profession, self-assessed qualifications to teach, experiences which have prepared candidate for teaching.
  4. Official copies of ACT or SAT scores.
  5. Passing scores on an Alaska Department of Education and Early Development-approved basic competency exam (BCE) http://education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification/praxis.html
  6. Academic content testing:
    1. Content area exams: Candidates must submit a score report from the relevant content knowledge Praxis II subject test for each content area the applicant expects to teach. The scores must meet the score set by the State of Alaska (https://education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification/).
    2. World language exams: Applicants applying to teach a world language are required to submit Praxis II scores in the target language AND oral proficiency test as required by DEED.
  7. All applicants will be required to interview with secondary faculty as part of the admission process.

To review the application review process, acceptance to the program information, and professional field experience, please refer to the secondary post-baccalaureate licensure program catalog information section.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 121 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.
B.A. Degree and Major Requirements
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
Education Requirements
EDSC F110Becoming a Middle/High School Teacher1
EDSC F407Developing Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSC F458Classroom Organization and Management3
Introduction to Secondary Education
Foundations of Modern Educational Practice
Select one from the following:3
Introduction to Special Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers
Learning, Development and Special Needs Instruction
Curriculum, Management and Strategies II: High Incidence
Inclusive Classrooms for All Children
Professional Internship Year with Integrated Coursework
EDSC F402Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School3
Select one from the following: 13
English/Language Arts Secondary Instruction and Assessment
Mathematics Secondary Instruction and Assessment
Science Secondary Instruction and Assessment
Social Studies Secondary Instruction and Assessment
Art Secondary Instruction and Assessment
World Language Secondary Instruction and Assessment
Complete the following:
EDSC F442Technology Applications in Education I1
EDSC F443Technology Application in Education II2
EDSC F457Multicultural Education and School-Community Relations4
EDSC F471Secondary Teaching: School Internship I and Seminar 23
EDSC F472Secondary Teaching: School Internship II and Seminar 23-9
Content Area
Complete requirements for a major in content area: art, biology, chemistry, Earth science, English, foreign language (French, German or Spanish), history, mathematics or political science.
Capstone Requirement
Complete baccalaureate capstone requirement as determined by the program.
Total Credits29-35

Candidates must take the section or course that corresponds with their major teaching content area.


Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.