Secondary Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program

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Admission Requirements

Complete the following admission requirements:

Admission to the secondary postbaccalaureate licensure program includes meeting the requirements of the UAF undergraduate admission process and of the School of Education.

Submit the following information electronically to the UAF Office of Admissions:

  1. UAF undergraduate application and application fee.
  2. 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.
  3. A personal statement of 500-800 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.
  4. A vitae/resume.
  5. Three current letters of reference that address qualifications and potential as a teacher.

Submit the following information to the School of Education:

  1. Passing scores on an Alaska Department of Education and Early Development approved basic competency exam. SAT/ACT scores may fulfill the requirement.
  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.

Additional Information:

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 art, biology, chemistry, Earth science, economics,  English, French, German, history, mathematics, physics, political science and Spanish.

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 a criminal background check are 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 the 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 school professionals.

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Minimum Requirements for Secondary Postbaccalaureate Licensure: 30 credits

Postbaccalaureate Certificate Requirements
Complete the postbaccalaureate certificate requirements.
Secondary Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program Requirements
Complete the following:
EDSC F407Developing Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDSC F415Foundations of Modern Educational Practice3
or EDSC F205 Introduction to Secondary Education
EDSC F442Technology Applications in Education I1
EDSC F443Technology Application in Education II2
EDSC F457Multicultural Education and School-community Relations3
EDSC F458Classroom Organization and Management3
EDSC F471Secondary Teaching: School Internship I and Seminar3
EDSC F472Secondary Teaching: School Internship II and Seminar6-9
Complete one of the following:3
Introduction to Special Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers
Curriculum, Management and Strategies II: High Incidence
Inclusive Classrooms for All Children
Complete one of the following: 13
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
Total Credits30-33

Candidates must take the section or course that corresponds with their major teaching content areas.