Secondary Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program
Program delivery is offered in Fairbanks and in areas served by the College of Rural and Community Development campuses and their service areas with the exception of the Aleutian-Pribilof Center.
This is an intensive, classroom-based secondary licensure program (31 credits) that prepares postbaccalaureate candidates for secondary (grades 7-12) teaching positions. The program is specifically designed to prepare candidates to teach in multicultural settings in Alaska. Content that addresses multicultural issues in general, and Alaska rural issues in particular, is contained specifically in EDSC F457, and is a fundamental component of the course work within the program. When funding is available, all secondary Fairbanks candidates participate in a rural practicum.
Student outcomes for the program are based on the Standards for Alaska’s Teachers located at https://education.alaska.gov/standards.
Students must apply to graduate with a certificate of completion through the Office of the Registrar, Graduation Services. At the end of the program, if students have successfully met all of the program requirements, they will be eligible to apply for an Alaska initial teaching license.
Candidates who enter the secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program are required to have use of/own a laptop computer before they begin their internships in the fall semester of their professional year. Candidates are expected to be proficient in Windows Office software including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
The fast-track option is an intensive three-semester program that allows candidates (one-year unpaid interns) to complete the secondary licensure program as full-time students in 12 months. Candidates take classes “summer-fall-spring.” The academic year-long internship is completed during the fall and spring semesters.
The two-year option allows candidates (two-year unpaid interns) to complete the secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program as part-time students over a period of 18-24 months. The last semester of the program requires full-time placement at a public school site.
The teaching-while-training option is for candidates (teacher interns) who have secured a teaching position with an Alaska school district. Generally, this option is available only to those candidates in areas of teacher shortage. Candidates complete the secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program over a period of 24 months.
PROFESSIONAL FIELD EXPERIENCES
The secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program includes a comprehensive internship experience in an educational setting. Internship placements are arranged and supervised by university faculty in partnership with the principal and staff from the public school. University course work and classroom practice are closely linked and communication about performance in both the course work and classroom practice is shared among the partners. Internships follow the K-12 school year calendar and not the university academic year calendar.
Performance in the internship must meet stated competencies and individual outcomes. Performance evaluations determine the candidate’s progress toward meeting the State of Alaska Standards for Alaska’s Teacher and the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Education Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers and performance guidelines of Specialty Performance Organizations.
It is expected that candidates will demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics with respect to their actions, attitudes and performance. Teacher candidates are required to adhere to the characteristics of professionalism as published in the Secondary Postbaccalaureate Licensure Handbook and to abide by the State of Alaska Code of Ethics of the Education Profession. Unacceptable academic performance, an unprofessional attitude, unsatisfactory field reports, violation of professional ethics or other factors may result in removal from the field experience and denial of the Institutional Recommendation for teacher certification.
Internship placements are made in partnership with participating school districts, which may request additional information and/or preparation from candidates according to the district’s established policies and practices. Because cooperating districts also determine the number of placements available for candidates, placement may become competitive if the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces. Districts also reserve the right to refuse or terminate placements when candidates do not meet a minimum standard of performance. Thus, while the university will make every effort to identify appropriate field experiences, admission to the secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program does not guarantee an internship placement.
Admission Process and Requirements
Admission to the secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program includes meeting requirements of the UAF undergraduate admission process and of the School of Education.
Submit the following information electronically to the UAF Office of Admissions:
- UAF undergraduate application and application fee.
- Official transcript of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants who have attended more than one university should include transcripts from all universities.
- A personal statement of 500 words explaining your motivation for becoming a teacher. Describe how your academic qualifications and work experiences have prepared you for a career in teaching. Elaborate on your personal strengths, including your ability to work collaboratively with others. Describe your experiences with adolescents in instructional and supervisory capacities. Explain why you believe you can help young people of all cultures be successful in school.
- A vitae/resume.
- Three current letters of reference that address qualifications and potential as a teacher.
Submit the following information to the School of Education:
- Passing scores on an Alaska Department of Education and Early Development approved basic competency exam (http://education.alaska.gov/TeacherCertification/praxis.html). SAT/ACT scores may fulfill the requirement.
- Passing scores on the Praxis II 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/). World language applicants may need an oral proficiency test as required by EED.
Secondary faculty will interview applicants as part of the admission process.
Evidence of content competency in one of the UAF-approved secondary endorsement areas is necessary. Endorsement areas for teacher certification include mathematics, biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, English, world languages (e.g., French, German, Spanish) and social sciences (e.g., history, economics, geography, political science). A student can establish content competency by:
a) Holding a degree in an approved secondary endorsement area; or
b) Documenting content competency (e.g., transcript analysis by faculty). Additional course work may be required.
Before student teaching, teacher candidates will need to complete the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development student teaching authorization. Fingerprint cards and criminal background check necessary to work in schools.
APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS
Applications for admission are due March 1 (summer or fall admission) and Oct. 15 (spring admission). Reviews for admission will be ongoing thereafter.
The secondary postbaccalaureate program is a selective teacher education program. Multiple measures are used to assess personal characteristics, communication skills and qualifications of the candidates preparing to teach.
UPON ACCEPTANCE TO THE PROGRAM
The School of Education has a systematic procedure for monitoring the progress of education students from admission through completion of their professional education program to determine if they should continue the program, be advanced to the secondary teaching internship and eventually be recommended for a teaching license. In assessing candidate progress in knowledge, skills and disposition, faculty will review grades, observations, faculty recommendations, demonstrated academic competence and recommendations from the appropriate professionals in the schools.
Minimum Requirements for Licensure: 31 credits
|EDSC F407||Developing Literacy in the Content Areas||3|
|EDSC F415||Foundations of Modern Educational Practice||3|
|or EDSC F205||Introduction to Secondary Education|
|EDSC F442||Technology Applications in Education I||1|
|EDSC F443||Technology Application in Education II||2|
|EDSC F457||Multicultural Education and School-community Relations||4|
|EDSC F458||Classroom Organization and Management||3|
|EDSC F471||Secondary Teaching: School Internship I and Seminar||3|
|EDSC F472||Secondary Teaching: School Internship II and Seminar||6-9|
|Complete 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|
|Complete one from the following: 1||3|
|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|
Candidates must take the section or course that corresponds with their major teaching content areas.