BA, Elementary Education (UAA)
- Mission Statement
UAA College of Education Mission
We prepare educators and support the lifelong learning of professionals to embrace diversity and to be intellectually and ethically strong, resilient, and passionate in their work with Alaska's learners, families, and communities.
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Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes for the program are based on the Standards for Alaska’s Teachers located at www.eed.state.ak.us/standards and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) standards located at www.acei.org.
Assistant Professor Kitty Deal with BAEE graduate Michelle Griffin in 2012
Within a culturally responsive framework, program graduates will:
- Construct learning opportunities that support K-6 students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
- Design and implement curriculum that supports K-6 students’ learning of language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, the arts, health, and physical education.
- Plan and implement instruction based on knowledge of K-6 students, learning, theory, curriculum, and community.
- Create appropriate instructional opportunities to address diversity.
- Use teaching strategies that encourage development of critical thinking and problem solving.
- Foster active engagement in learning and create supportive learning environments.
- Use effective communication strategies to foster inquiry and support interaction among K-6 students.
- Use formal and informal assessments to inform and improve instructional practice.
- Reflect on practice and engage in professional growth activities.
- Establish positive collaborative relationships with families, colleagues, and the community.
Liberal Studies Area
Complete the liberal studies area. These courses are selected to provide future elementary teachers with the skills and background provide future elementary teachers with the skills and background knowledge in the various subjects they will be expected to teach. The selection is based on national and state standards for content preparation. Some of the liberal studies courses may also be used to meet General Education Requirements (GERs).
Sciences Core (15-24 credits)
LSIS A102 Origins: Earth-Solar System-Life (5) 5-8
GEOL A111 Physical Geology (4)
and one of the following lecture/lab combinations:
ASTR A103 Solar System Astronomy (3)
ASTR 103L Solar System Astronomy Laboratory (1)
ASTR A104 Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology (3)
ASTR A104L Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology Laboratory (1)
LSIS A201 Life on Earth (5) 5-8
BIOL A102 Introductory Biology (3)
BIOL A103 Introductory Biology Laboratory (1)
and one of the following:
BIOL A115 Fundamentals of Biology I (4)
BIOL A116 Fundamentals of Biology II (4)
LSIS A202 Concepts and Processes: Natural 5-8
CHEM A103 Survey of Chemistry (3)
CHEM A103L Survey of Chemistry Laboratory (1)
and one of the following lecture/lab combinations:
PHYS A115 Physical Science (3)
PHYS A115L Physical Science Laboratory (1)
PHYS A123 Basic Physics I (3)
PHYS A123L Basic Physics I Laboratory (1)
Social Sciences and Humanities Core (36-39 credits)
Students must fulfill GERs for baccalaureate degrees including
6 credits of social sciences from two different disciplines and 6
credits of humanities.
ANTH A250 The Rise of Civilization (3) 3
HIST A390A Themes in World History (3)
HIST A131 History of United States I (3) 3
HIST A132 History of United States II (3)
HIST A355 Major Themes in US History (3)
EDSE A212 Human Development and Learning (3)
ENGL A121 Introduction to Literature (3) 3
ENGL A201 Masterpieces of World Literature I (3)
ENGL A202 Masterpieces of World Literature II (3)
HUM A211 Introduction to Humanities I (3) 3
HUM A212 Introduction to Humanities II (3)
HNRS A192 Honors Seminar: Enduring Books (3)
LSSS A111 Cultural Foundations of Human 3
HNRS A292 Honors Seminar in Social Science (3)
ANTH A202 Cultural Anthropology (3)
LSIC A231 Truth, Beauty, and Goodness (3) 3
PHIL A301 Ethics (3)
LSSS A311 People, Places, and Ecosystems (3) 3
ENVI A211 Environmental Science: Systems and
LSIC A331 Power, Authority, and Governance (3) 3
SOC/PS A351 Political Sociology (3)
LSSS A312 Individuals, Groups, and Institutions (3) 3
PSY A111 General Psychology (3)
SOC A101 Introduction to Sociology(3)
SOC A375 Social Psychology (3)
PSY A375 Social Psychology (3)
LSIC A332 Science, Technology and Culture (3) 3
Mathematical Skills (9-13 credits)
MATH A205 Communicating Mathematical Ideas 3
STAT A252 Elementary Statistics (3) 3-4
STAT A253 Applied Statistics for the Sciences (4)
Select one additional course from quantitative skills GERs 3-6
Oral and Written Communication Skills (9 credits)
Select one course from oral communication GERs 3
Select two courses from written communication GERs 6
Select one course from fine arts GERs 3
It is strongly recommended that you see an advisor to stay on track. Field experiences in public schools are required as part of most courses.
Complete the following core courses (22 credits)
EDEC A242 Family and Community Partnerships (3) 3
HRNS A310 Community Service: Theory and
EDEL A205 Becoming an Elementary Teacher 2
EDEL A392 Elementary Education Seminar I:
Culturally Responsive Teaching (2)
EDFN A206 Introduction to Assessment in Education 1
EDFN A300 Philosophical and Social Context of
American Education (3) 3
EDFN A304 Comparative Education (3)
EDFN A301 Foundations of Literacy and
Language Development 3
EDFN A302 Foundations of Educational Technology 2
EDFN A478 Issues in Alaska Native Education, K-12 3
EDSE A482 Inclusive Classrooms for All Children 3
Complete the following methods courses (18 credits)**:
EDEC A106 Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Education 3
EDEL A325 Teaching Literacy in Elementary Schools 6
EDEL A327 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools 2
EDEL A426 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Schools 3
EDEL A428 Teaching Science in Elementary Schools 2
PEP A345 Incorporating Health and Physical Activity into the Pre-K-6 Classroom 2
**Concurrent enrollment in multiple courses is required. See an advisor for details.
Complete the following field experiences and internship (16- 19 credits):
EDEL A395 Elementary Education Practicum I: Literacy and Social Studies 2
EDEL A492A Elementary Education Seminar II: Learning Environment 2
EDEL A492B Elementary Education Seminar III: Teaching Capstone 3
EDEL A495A Elementary Education Practicum II: Learning Environment, Mathematics, Science 3
EDEL A495B Elementary Education Internship 6-9
For Honors Option Senior Requirement:
HRNS A499 Thesis (3)
EDEL A495B Elementary Education Internship (6)
4. A total of 125-141 credits is required for the degree, of which
42 credits must be upper division.
BAEL and Honors College option
Take the following Honors College Core Program Courses (16 credits) HNRS A192 Honors Seminar:
Enduring Books 3
HNRS A292 Honors Seminar in Social Science 3
HNRS A310 Community Service: Theory and Practice 3
HNRS A392 Honors Thesis Seminar 1
HNRS A499 Honors Thesis 3
and taken concurrently with EDEL A495B Internship (6) 3
(three credits of Internship apply to the Senior Requirement)
Important: See an advisor if considering the Honors Option.
Elementary Teacher Certification (K-6) Following are the requirements for an institutional recommendation:
- Major requirements completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.75.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all Major Requirements, EDSE A212 and MATH A205.
- Passing scores on the Praxis I (PPST) and Praxis II (0014) exams.
- Internship satisfactorily completed.
- BA in Elementary Education degree conferred.
The BA in Elementary Education (Grade K-6) is a professional degree nationally recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI). Unique features of the program include an emphasis on culturally responsive teaching in Alaska’s context; a strong liberal studies focus; exposure to a range of teaching and curriculum design approaches, including integration of educational technology; and focused field experiences, developmentally sequenced and in a variety of school/classroom settings.
- Plan lessons that teach students subjects, such as reading and math, and skills, such as study skills and social skills
- Assess students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
- Teach students as an entire class or in small groups the lessons they have planned
- Grade students’ assignments to monitor their progress
- Communicate with parents about their child’s progress
- Work with individual students to challenge them and overcome their weaknesses
- Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
- Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior
- Supervise children outside of the classroom—for example, at lunchtime or during recess*
In Alaska, Elementary Education Teachers earn ~$5,593 per month.**
The growth of is considered moderate and the openings are considered to be high.**