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

B.A. Degree

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. Coursework 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 coursework in the designated UAF general education requirements;
  2. additional subject area coursework 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 yearlong capstone school internship with a mentor teacher, with concurrent enrollment in professional coursework 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 $400 fee per semester.

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

Minimum Requirements for Education Bachelor's Degree: 121-128 credits

Learn more about the bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-8), including an overview of the program, career opportunities and more.

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