Secondary Education M.Ed.

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

Admission to the graduate secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program and the M.Ed. in secondary education includes meeting the requirements of the UAF Graduate School and of the School of Education.

Submit the following information to the UAF Office of the Registrar:

  1. UAF graduate application and application fee.
  2. Official transcript of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants who have attended more than one university should include transcripts from all universities.
  3. Three current letters of reference that address qualifications and potential as a teacher.
  4. A vitae/resume.
  5. A personal statement of 1,200-1,500 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.

Send the following scores directly to the School of Education:

  1. Passing scores on an Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED) approved basic competency exam.
  2. 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. World language applicants may need an oral proficiency test as required by EED.
  3. Secondary faculty will interview applicants as part of the admission process.

Additional Information:

Evidence of content competency in one of the UAF-approved secondary endorsement areas is necessary.  

Endorsement areas for teacher certification include art, biology, chemistry, Earth science, economics,  English, French, German, history, mathematics, physics, political science and Spanish. 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 coursework 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.

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Minimum Requirements for Secondary Education M.Ed.: 36 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master's degree requirements.
Complete the admission requirements for the graduate-level elementary postbaccalaureate licensure program.
Secondary Education Program Requirements
Complete the following:
ED F601Introduction to Applied Social Science Research3
ED F687Alaska: Resources, People and Perspectives3
EDSC F407Developing Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSC F415Foundations of Modern Educational Practice3
EDSC F642Technology Applications in Education I1
EDSC F643Technology Application in Education II2
EDSC F657Multicultural Education and School-community Relations3
EDSC F658Classroom Organization and Management3
EDSC F671Secondary Teaching: School Internship I and Seminar3
EDSC F672Secondary Teaching: School Internship II and Seminar6-9
EDSE F622Curriculum, Management and Strategies II: High Incidence3
Complete one of the following:3
Secondary Instruction and Assessment in the Content Area
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 one of the following:0-9
Thesis Option
Project Option
Comprehensive Exam Option
Total Credits36-48


Thesis Option

Complete the following:
ED/CCS F603Field Study Research Methods3
or ED/CCS F604 Documenting Indigenous Knowledge
ED F699Thesis6
Total Credits9

Project Option

Complete the following:
ED/CCS F603Field Study Research Methods3
or ED/CCS F604 Documenting Indigenous Knowledge
ED F698Non-thesis Research/Project3
Total Credits6

Comprehensive Exam Option

Complete the following:
Comprehensive examination0
Total Credits0