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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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What will I learn?

Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes for the program are based on the Standards for Alaska’s Teachers located at and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) standards located at

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Assistant Professor Kitty Deal with BAEE graduate Michelle Griffin in 2012

Within a culturally responsive framework, program graduates will:

  1. Construct learning opportunities that support K-6 students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
  2. Design and implement curriculum that supports K-6 students’ learning of language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, the arts, health, and physical education.
  3. Plan and implement instruction based on knowledge of K-6 students, learning, theory, curriculum, and community.
  4. Create appropriate instructional opportunities to address diversity.
  5. Use teaching strategies that encourage development of critical thinking and problem solving.
  6. Foster active engagement in learning and create supportive learning environments.
  7. Use effective communication strategies to foster inquiry and support interaction among K-6 students.
  8. Use formal and informal assessments to inform and improve instructional practice.
  9. Reflect on practice and engage in professional growth activities.
  10. Establish positive collaborative relationships with families, colleagues, and the community.
What classes will I take?

 View the Current Classes in the UAA Catalog



Institutional Recommendation

Elementary Teacher Certification (K-6) Following are the requirements for an institutional recommendation:

  1.  Major requirements completed with a grade of C or higher.
  2.  Cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all Major Requirements, EDSE A212 and MATH A205.
  4.  Passing scores on the Praxis I (PPST) and Praxis II (0014) exams.
  5.  Internship satisfactorily completed.
  6.  BA in Elementary Education degree conferred.
What can I do with this degree?

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*

Earning Potential

In Alaska, Elementary Education Teachers earn ~$5,593 per month.**

Job Outlook

The growth of is considered moderate and the openings are considered to be high.**

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*United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

** Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development