Elementary Education (K-8) B.A.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

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 on the Criteria for Advancement through Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Degree, 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 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 yearlong internship in a classroom with elementary school-age 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 Aug. 1 (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. Alaska passing scores from the Praxis I or Praxis Core ASE exams in reading, writing and math, and Praxis II Elementary Content Knowledge exam (test 5018). In extenuating circumstances, applicants may be allowed to begin the internship year without yet having an Alaska qualifying Praxis II score. Students cannot complete program requirement without receiving an Alaska qualifying Praxis II score. See course description for ED F468.
  3. Two letters of reference that address qualifications and potential as a teacher.
  4. A current and complete resume/curriculum vitae.
  5. Two one-page essays on topics determined by the School of Education.
  6. 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.
  7. A one- to two-page autobiographical sketch (appropriate for presenting to prospective principals and mentor teachers).
  8. Extemporaneous writing sample. Contact the School of Education advising office for date, time and location information.
  9. Evidence of successful experiences in teaching and learning situations.
  10. Evidence of ability to work collaboratively and respectfully in cross-cultural contexts.
  11. Completed Alaska Student Teacher Authorization Packet, including fingerprint cards and criminal background check. Forms are available from the School of Education.
  12. Complete an interview, when requested.

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.

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Minimum Requirements for Elementary Education (K-8) B.A.: 122-126 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.35-39
As part of the general education requirements, complete the following:
Explorations in Art
Introduction to Alaska Native Performance
Aesthetic Appreciation of Alaska Native Performance
Alaska Native Music
Introduction to Creative Writing
Social Sciences
Modern World History
Western Civilization Since 1500
Essential Precalculus with Applications
College Algebra for Calculus
Natural Sciences
Human Biology
Biology and Society
Natural History of Alaska
Chemistry in Complex Systems
Introduction to General Chemistry
Energy and Society
Physical Sciences
Additional Arts/Humanities/Social Science 1
Complete one of the following:
3-5 credits of a language
Introduction to Alaska Native Languages
Individual, Society and Culture
History of the U.S.
Introduction to Sociology
B.A. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.22
As part of the B.A. requirements, complete the following:
Language, Education, Linguistics
Nature of Language
Supporting Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Classroom
Social Sciences
Complete the following:
Child Development
History of the U.S.
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Complete one of the following:
Indigenous Cultures of Alaska
Native Cultures of Alaska
Alaska, Land and Its People
History of Alaska
Elementary Education (K-8) Program Requirements
Mathematics Requirements
Complete the following:
MATH F211Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH F212Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II3
Science Requirement
Complete one of the following:4
Weather and Climate of Alaska
The Dynamic Earth
Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography
Glaciers, Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Past, Present and Future
The Oceans
Education Requirements
Complete the following:
ED F110Becoming a Teacher in the 21st Century1
ED F201Introduction to Education3
ED F206Core Practices in Place and Arts-Based Teaching3
ED F329Teaching with Technology3
ED F330Assessment of Learning3
ED F344Foundations of Literacy Development3
EDSE F316Introduction to Special Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers3
EDSE F320Adapting and Accommodating Instructions for Students with Disabilities3
Complete one of the following:3
Alaska Native Education
Native Ways of Knowing
Professional Internship Year with Integrated Coursework
First Semester
ED F411Reading, Writing, Language Arts: Methods and Curriculum Development3
ED F412Integrated Social Studies and Language Arts: Methods and Curriculum Development3
ED F414Art, Music and Drama in Elementary Classrooms3
ED F466Internship and Collaborative Student Teaching 23
ED F467Classroom Management Communication and Collaboration I2
ED F478Mathematics Methods and Curriculum Development3
Second Semester
ED F417Physical Activity and Health Education for Elementary Teachers3
ED F468Internship and Student Teaching 24
ED F469Classroom Management Communication and Collaboration II2
ED F476Assessment of Literacy Development1
ED F479Science Methods and Curriculum Development3
Total Credits122-126

Students should consult UAF SOE advisor.


Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.