Elementary (K-8) Postbaccalaureate Certificate and Licensure

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

Admissions deadline is Feb 15. It is strongly recommended that applicants contact the School of Education several months prior to the deadline as it will allow sufficient time to complete prerequisites if necessary. Applications will be reviewed as submitted. Applicants may submit after the deadline with department faculty approval.

Admission includes meeting both UAF graduate admission requirements and the School of Education admission requirements.

Graduate School Requirements

Submit the following to the UAF Office of Admissions with a copy to the School of Education:

  1. UAF graduate application and fee.
  2. Official transcript of bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and official transcripts from all institutions attended. A GPA of at least 3.0 (B grade) in an undergraduate degree is required but students with less than a 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission in special circumstances.
  3. Three letters of reference that address qualifications and potential as a teacher.
  4. A vitae/resume.
  5. Four- to five-page essay indicating: reasons for wanting to become a teacher, assessment of academic and personal strengths relative to teaching, future plans and reasons for selecting the elementary postbaccalaureate program.

School of Education Requirements

Submit the following information directly to the School of Education, using School of Education forms:

  1. Alaska passing scores from the Praxis I or Praxis Core ASE exam in reading, writing and mathematics and Praxis II Elementary Content 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 requirements without receiving an Alaska qualifying Praxis II score.
  2. Completed academic analysis form to provide information on breadth and depth of prior course work relative to 10 Alaska Student Content Standard areas. If additional coursework is required, it must be completed prior to beginning the program.
  3. A writing sample, autobiography, evidence of successful paid or volunteer teaching/learning experience, evidence of successful cross-cultural experience.
  4. Evidence of technology competence through successful completion of ED F237AED F237BED F237C and ED F237D or by successfully challenging each of the four components of the two-credit course.
  5. Completed Alaska Department of Education and Early Development authorization packet (fingerprint cards and criminal background check necessary to work in schools). Packet is available from the School of Education.
  6. Some school districts may require interns to submit a physical examination form.

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Minimum Requirements for Elementary (K-8) Postbaccalaureate Certificate and Licensure: 39 credits

Students must earn a C grade or better in each F600-level course. Students must earn a B grade or better in each F400-level course.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate Requirements
Complete the postbaccalaureate certificate requirements.
Elementary (K-8) Program Requirements
Complete the following:
Summer Semester 1
ED F624Foundations of Education in Alaska: From Segregation to Standards 23
ED F625Exceptional Learners and Child Development: Individual and Cultural Characteristics3
ED F626Teaching Reading, Writing and Language Arts3
Fall Semester
ED F411Reading, Writing, Language Arts: Methods and Curriculum Development3
ED F412/F602Integrated Social Studies and Language Arts: Methods and Curriculum Development 33
ED F466Internship and Collaborative Student Teaching3
ED F467Classroom Management Communication and Collaboration I2
ED F478/F678Mathematics Methods and Curriculum Development 33
ED F479/F688Science Methods and Curriculum Development 33
Spring Semester
ED F414/F605Art, Music and Drama in Elementary Classrooms 33
ED F417/F617Physical Activity and Health Education for Elementary Teachers 33
ED F468Internship and Student Teaching4
ED F469Classroom Management Communication and Collaboration II2
ED F476Assessment of Literacy Development1
Total Credits39

Or complete ED F110, ED F201, ED F330, ED F344 and EDSE F316 prior to Aug. 1 of the internship year.


ED F624 meets the State of Alaska requirement for an approved multicultural/cross-cultural communication course.


Students intending to complete the M.Ed., Elementary Education are required to take these stacked courses at the F600 level.